Director: George Tarbuck
George trained in technical theatre at the E15 Acting School. His career in the performing arts has encompassed all forms of live entertainment including Theatre, Opera, Dance, Circus, Music, Corporate and Rock. He is an award winning lighting designer working nationally and internationally. He has worked on projects as diverse as the international Opera collaboration St Kilda, the G8 Summit in Gleneagles and Our Europe festival in Dresden. He has also worked as a Stage Manager, Set Designer, Sound Designer, Production Manager and Pyrotechnician.
As Subject Leader in Lighting and Sound at Queen Margaret University for sixteen years George ran a highly successful Theatre Production course with a 98% employment record. His graduates are currently working worldwide.
Associate: Dr. Susan Martin
Susan Martin is our Stage Management Course Leader and Course Leader for our Masters in Stage Management, delivered in partnership with Queen Margaret University. Susan is also a freelance Stage & Production Manager. After twenty years teaching in second and third level education, she moved to Edinburgh to attend the Edinburgh Lighting and Sound School and made the career change to practical, instead of academic, theatre work.
Susan earned her PhD in English at Penn State University, USA – with a specialization in eighteenth-century theatre history - and is a former Research Associate of the Theatre & Performance Department of the V&A, London.
As well as her practical work in theatre, Susan maintains her research interests, with a focus on the development of women’s roles in the theatrical professions.
Associate: Martin Palmer
Martin Palmer has been in the entertainment industry for 30 years. He has lit award winning shows as diverse as Korean Drummers in Seoul and the Edinburgh Tattoo. Projects include contemporary and classical music, dance, film & TV, corporate, seasons at the Royal Lyceum and the Lyric Belfast, St Magnus Festival, commercial work at the EICC, and production managing Beijing Film Academy at the Edinburgh Festival. He is a Post Grad from Edinburgh University and a City & Guilds qualified electrician. He is an authority on WSYWYG (lighting visualisation) for CAD systems.
Associate: RJ McConnell
RJ is a composer and sound designer based in Fife, working in theatre and film. His work combines composition with the use of transformed recorded sounds, allowing each discipline to inform the other. He has created music and soundscapes for a vast array of theatre productions for Dundee Rep, Tron Theatre, Pilot Theatre, The Arches, Theatre Workshop, Pitlochry Festival Theatre and others - creating complex harmonic and layered atmospheres and evoking an emotive audience reaction. His recent work in film has been a natural progression where he has enjoyed constructing meticulously detailed music. RJ has created seven soundtracks for the multi award-winning
Enchanted Forest in collaboration with Jon Beales, contributing to the growing popularity of the event that celebrated 73,000 visitors in 2017.
Associate: John Wilkie
John is a highly experienced Production and Stage Manager working across many forms of live entertainment touring nationally and internationally including Drama, Opera, Musicals and large scale events. His career in the industry has spanned over twenty years.
During his time with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD) John built a reputation as one of the leading Stage Management Lecturers in the UK.
Associate: Sarah Paulley
Sarah came to Edinburgh to work on the Fringe in 1967 while studying history at Oxford. On graduating she went to study Theatre Design at Motley -then known as The Sadler’s Wells Design Course run by internationally famous designer Margaret Harris.
Throughout the 70's she worked as a freelance designing work for a range of innovative touring companies and alternative theatres and in 1979 became Head of Design and Production Manager for Theatre Workshop at Theatre Royal E 15.
She has taught design at Rose Bruford College, Royal Holloway College, Lancaster University, Glasgow School of Art and is currently Lecturer in Scenography at Queen Margaret University Edinburgh. She also heads a long running intensive Summer School at the Arches in Glasgow 'Scenehouse Introduction to Theatre Design'
Associate: Dr. Donald Pulford
Donald Pulford is a theatre director and academic. He holds a doctorate from Monash University and has taught in Australia and the UK. His research has been presented as conference papers and been published in Australia, Denmark, Italy, Germany, the US and the UK. In the last five years, his work as a director has been seen in Australia, England, Edinburgh, Dublin, Italy and New York. His lighting for the New York production of his Shadow Boxing was described by the New York Times as 'nifty'