Justin Hyslop joins Electric Theatre Workshop as Associate Director under the Artistic Director, Graham Main in the first full time theatre post ever to be created in South Scotland, which is being funded by Holywood Trust.
The company which will celebrate its third year has evolved into a power house of creativity which supports a variety of performing arts strands, including Dumfries Youth Theatre, Dumfries Community Choir, Electric Theatre Productions, and the newly formed Dumfries School of Music from their premises in the centre of Dumfries.
The Associate Director role will support the Associate Artists who work with us, which includes some of our brightest new talent who are starting to make their own work which will be developed throughout the year. It will also see the organisation working alongside Maxwelltown High School as artists in residence to support talent and potential in the school.
At St. Josephs College, Justin will be working with two students Alix Adair, and Babette Wickham-Riddick to help them develop two new original pieces of theatre over the next year.
In Sanquhar the Holywood Trust support will enable us to create a brand new youth arts project under the Sanquhar Youth Theatre identity.
Commenting from Dumfries today where the announcement was made Justin Hyslop, said “I am really excited to be taking up this new post and developing our company and taking it into the future, both being able to nurture the talent of the local area, and hopefully build on the creative future of Dumfries”
Diane MacLean, Chair of the Board of Electric Theatre Workshop, said
“Our building in Dumfries supports the idea, that town centres need to be developed for more than just retail use, and Justin’s role will be to develop those opportunities across our seven day a week programme”
If you are interested in coming along - pop in to our studios in Munches Street and chat to some of our team, or to register call us on 01387 271820