Kate Black

Creative Director

Kate is an experienced Drama Facilitator and Theatre Director with thirty years experience of working in community arts in Scotland. She has a commitment to using creative arts to engage people who are socially isolated and feel marginalised from mainstream society. She firmly believes the arts is a powerful tool to engagement and can have a life changing impact on people. 

She began as a teenage volunteer in Drumchapel and has worked extensively across the West of Scotland. She has worked as an Arts Outreach & Education Officer with North Ayrshire Council, securing over a quarter of a million pounds for arts outreach activities. She was part of the Citizens Theatre’s Learning Team, directing Scarfed for Life, facilitating post-production Q&As in secondary schools in Glasgow and within prison and community settings. Also with the Citizens Theatre, she worked with young marginalised people no longer in mainstream education and young vulnerable women to create theatre performed in the Circle Studio at the Citizens Theatre. She worked extensively with young marginalised people no longer in mainstream school with West Dunbartonshire Council’s Social Education Unit. Furthermore, she worked as a Facilitator with Scottish Opera’s Education and Outreach Department on partner projects with Alzheimer’s Scotland.

Kate has extensive experience in delivering creative training programmes to support the Curriculum for Excellence to primary school teachers in East Dunbartonshire.

Kate’s practice is based on using drama as an effective tool to engage people in the process of participation rather than working with people solely to create theatre, which can often be the outcome but not the priority.

Her directing experience includes: Scarfed for Life (Citizens Theatre & Maryhill Burgh Hall), Wicked Christmas (Citizens Theatre), A Women’s Place (Greenock Prison) The Steamie (Argo Centre, Drumchapel), Haw Hen (Maryhill Burgh Hall), Pigeon (Brian Cox Theatre), Oor Carol & the Seagulls (film), Wid Ye Credit It? (Tramway), Sherrif Dick’s Swan Song (Tramway) and The Heckelburnie Hecklers (Brian Cox theatre).

Kate attended training with Brazilian theatre practitioner Augusto Boal in the 1990s and has since been an advocate of his work, in particular Forum Theatre.

 She is also a graduate of the University of Strathclyde’s Community Arts Course (BA) and University of Glasgow (MA in Social Public Policy). She is In Cahootz’s co-founder and Creative Director.

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Kate Black

T: 0141 248 6988 
E: kateb@incahootz.co.uk