My name is Heather Cassidy and I am a theatre maker, facilitator and creative learning specialist based in Dundee.
Currently, I work on staff at Dundee Rep Theatre as their Education, Skills and Training Facilitator and I am also a voluntary Board Director for Creative Dundee. In addition to this, my most recent freelance work was for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra as Engagement Coordinator for all their schools and community participation projects across Dundee.
In 2003, I graduated from the University of Glasgow with an M.A. (Honours) Degree in Theatre Studies and English Literature. As part of my course, I studied Directing and I also researched the Representation of Disability in Theatre for my Dissertation. Then in 2007, I was awarded a full scholarship from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD), to study for a Postgraduate Masters in Arts in Social Contexts, specialising in Arts and Refugees, Theatre for Youth and Early Years Storytelling. I graduated with Merit in November 2008.
Over the last 14 years, I have developed and delivered a range of projects for many of Scotland's most respected cultural organisations and theatre companies, including the National Theatre of Scotland, Scottish Refugee Council, Catherine Wheels Theatre Company and Giant. My work spans nurseries, primary and secondary schools, youth theatre, community groups, health boards, charities and festivals, and this has seen me working with mums and babies of a few weeks old right up to first-time performers at the grand age of 76. To date, I have delivered projects with over 600 schools and in every area of Scotland apart from the Western Isles.
Please take a look around my website and feel free to get in touch with any enquiries.
EXTEND LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME 2015/16
I recently completed some professional development as part of the 2015/16 cohort for Extend. Led by Engage (National Association for Gallery Education), this year-long programme enables a small cohort of mid-career professionals from across the UK to acquire and apply leadership skills through a combination of intensive residentials, group projects and mentoring. Extend is informed by a commitment to empowering education and learning professionals so that they are able to influence sector development, ensuring that learning is embedded at the core of arts, cultural and heritage organisations. As part of the programme, I attended two residentials based at the Tetley in Leeds, carried out a research project with colleagues from Edinburgh, Cardiff and London on nurturing and sustaining leadership in harder to reach young people, created a bursary scheme for aspiring young leaders, and received mentorship from Stella Kanu (Executive Producer, Ovalhouse).
After completing the programme, Engage invited me to be on the panel for selecting the Scotland-based members of the 2016/17 cohort as well as speaking to the whole cohort at their first residential in June 2016 to share my research and experience of the programme.
To view our research report on Creative Leadership and Young People, visit the Resources page.
training and professional development
Master of Arts (Postgraduate) - Arts in Social Contexts
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow (formerly RSAMD)
Final project presentation: 'Scotland: The land of milk and honey or a place to call home? - attitudes, integration and the arts'
Foundation Certificate - Dance Movement Therapy
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
M.A. (Joint Honours) - Theatre Studies + English Literature
University of Glasgow
Dissertation: 'Fit To Be Seen - Performing Dis/ability: The Representation of Disability in Theatre'
I am always on the lookout for new and interesting ways to further my professional development and so I have participated in training on a range of topics including: directing, generating material, storytelling, site-specific theatre, early years arts, exploring physicality and movement, approaches to an inclusive practice, working with young people and child protection.
Here are some of the artists and companies who have delivered this training:
Arts Award (London) / Birds of Paradise / Catherine Wheels Theatre Company / Communicado / Company of Angels (London) / Conflux / Creative Scotland / Creeping Toad (Derbyshire) / Crooked House Theatre (Ireland) / Cultural Enterprise Office / Dundee Rep Theatre / Earlyarts (Yorkshire) / East Dunbartonshire Council / Edinburgh International Festival / Federation of Scottish Theatre / Fevered Sleep (London) / Filuren (Denmark) / Firefly Arts / Frantic Assembly (London) / Goat Island Performance Group (Chicago) / Graeae (London) / Handspring Puppet Company (South Africa) / Helios Theater (Germany) / Imaginate / Improbable (London) / Julian Boal (Brazil) / Kopergietery (Belgium) / Licketyspit / Mabou Mines (USA) / Malthouse Melbourne (Australia) / Mark Storor (London) / National Theatre of Scotland / Oily Cart (London) / Perth Autism Support / Pilot Theatre (York) / Poorboy / Professor Jonothan Neelands (University of Warwick) / Quarantine (Manchester) / Queen Margaret University / Respect Me / Rogaland Teater (Norway) / Royal Conservatoire of Scotland / San Francisco Ballet (USA) / Scottish Book Trust / Scottish Dance Theatre / Second Wave (London) / Shakespeare's Globe (London) / Smallpetitklein / Solar Bear / Starcatchers / TAG Theatre Company / Teatret Møllen (Denmark) / Theatre Modo / Toonspeak / Tramway / 20 Stories High (Liverpool) / Visible Fictions / Vox Motus / Youth Theatre Arts Scotland / Zendeh (Newcastle) / Zygo Arts (Brighton)
Argyll and Bute Council
Cairndow Arts Promotions
Cat in a Cup Theatre
Catherine Wheels Theatre Company
Dundee Rep Theatre
East Dunbartonshire Council
East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust
Edinburgh International Science Festival
Emergency Exit Arts
Glasgow Caledonian University
Lyceum Youth Theatre
Melting Pot Arts
National Health Service
National Theatre of Scotland
North Lanarkshire Council
Pack of Trews Theatre Company
Paper Tiger Theatre
Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Reeling and Writhing
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Scottish Refugee Council
Scottish Youth Theatre
TAG Theatre Company
University of Glasgow
West Lothian Council
Youth Theatre Arts Scotland