Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and the Festival City Theatres Trust, who manage the King’s and Festival Theatres and the Studio at Potterrow, have signed an agreement which will lead to a wide variety of artistic and development opportunities for students, staff and the wider community, recognizing the need to invest in the education and training of the next generation of creative talent.
It is predicted that the theatres will accommodate teaching sessions, with students having the chance to do voice work in large theatre spaces, and to engage in community theatre projects. Students across different specialisms will also have the option to gain invaluable work experience through internships, research projects and community engagement opportunities.
Duncan Hendry, Chief Executive of the Festival City Theatres Trust, said, “This partnership is based on our shared values of equality, diversity and participation, and the development of sustainable arts and cultural organisations which contribute positively to communities and nurture new talent…”
Festival City Theatre Trust venues could also be host to end of year showcase events, such as the Costume Showcase, that promotes the talents of QMU’s Costume Design and Construction degree students.
Richard Butt, Deputy Principal at Queen Margaret University said, “This new collaboration presents outstanding opportunities for our students to enhance their skills and knowledge by learning in a true theatre and arts environment. Beyond our drama, festival and cultural management students, there are also prospects for event management, PR, marketing and healthcare students to develop special projects …”