Staff

Director     George Tarbuck

George Tarbuck 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     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 trained at Queen Margaret University College and now works as a freelance sound designer. His skill with sound and music has seen him create the soundtracks to a vast range of theatre pieces including the Arches 15 year anniversary production "Inferno", the 2010 Enchanted Forrest show "Force Of Nature" and his own sound installation "News Reel" at the Edinburgh Feet First festival. He has designed sound for over 30 professional productions in the last five years as well as creating music for websites and short films.

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'

Academic Advisor     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'.

Freelance teaching staff

Teaching staff are all highly experienced professionals currently working in the industry.