M*****classes is a unique training opportunity that aims to address the lack of gender diversity in creative design and production roles. Each set of M*****classes is focused on a specific area and consists of workshops, talks with professionals and hands on experience. 

This is a free programme for those who have some experience or an interest in a field – but require refreshment or up-skilling before presenting themselves as viable candidates for these positions. 

M*****classes is for women, non-binary people and people from other marginalised genders. Self-definition is at the sole discretion of those individuals.

M*****classes: Sound Design ‘23

M*****classes: Sound Design ‘23  was the latest series of M*****class workshops. The training programme was been curated by Clare Hibberd, one of Scotland’s leading Sound Designers.   

The programme took place in April 2023. Workshops were facilitated by Sound Designers, working in Scotland, London and internationally, who shared their own stories and experiences. 

Participants developed an understanding of professional processes and potential career paths while building practical skills and increasing confidence.   

Find out more about the programme by downloading, watching or listening to the info pack below.

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    Gillian Katungi

    Gillian Katungi is an artist and director based in Glasgow. She expresses as and through PAIX, which means peace. Paix experiments with new forms of expression and finds freedom in the space between established forms. Their offering is currently expressed through audio and visual. With a desire to re-envisage and create new paradigms, their artistic process pursues decoloniality, emotional honesty, and playful exploration without judgment – creating space for what can emerge and flourish when black intersectional experience and expression is centered. 


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    Georgina MacDonell Finlayson

    Georgina MacDonell Finlayson is a Scottish violinist, composer and community arts practitioner, with a particular interest in collaborative multidisciplinary performance. Often inspired by folk music, landscape and the climate crisis, her creative work combines everything from contemporary classical and electroacoustic music, to original folk composition and arrangement, and creating and performing music and sound design for live theatre. 

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    Ellie Higgins

    Ellie Higgins is a performer, writer and theatre maker from Fife. Her practice is concerned with investigations into live and mediatised performance, focussing on human connection. Ellie most often creates intimate, interactive and site-specific performance. Currently she is developing her multi-media, one woman show ‘Walk’ for the Edinburgh Fringe 2023 and her one-to-one, audio based performance for library spaces ‘The Best Of’. 

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    Parasol is an aspiring sound designer with a passion for theatre sound. With a background in recording art and sound design, Parasol has self-studied various sound-related courses to expand her knowledge and expertise. She have experience in a wide range of audio and sound work, including music and sound effect design. However, theatre sound design remains her favorite and she is eager to pursue a career in this field. 


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    Marie-Gabrielle Koumenda

    Marie-Gabrielle Koumenda is a French-Cameroonian singer-songwriter who performs under the artist name Djana Gabrielle. Lately, in addition to her solo project, she has been combining her love for music and theatre, and has been working with Imaginate, Lyra, Magnetic North and National Theatre of Scotland. She aims to be more involved in theatre work in Scotland, as a musician, composer & sound designer. 

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    Rebecca Di Rollo

    Rebecca Di Rollo is a queer percussionist, freelance music practitioner and self-taught sound artist. Rebecca has previously created sonic accompaniments for animation, film and immersive theatre. Rebecca also facilitates music workshops for young people, with an emphasis on using accessible techniques. Rebecca firmly believes everyone can play music. 

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    Shiori Usui

    Originally from Japan, Shiori Usui is a BBC Proms commissioned composer, improvising musician (playing inside and under grand piano and noise vocal), and performer based in Dundee. Shiori is currently developing a sensory theatre show for/with disabled young people in hydro-pools, using sound and music as core materials of the work. 


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    Hannah Read

    Hannah Read is a DJ, producer, and performer based in Glasgow. She is a resident DJ at La Cheetah and runs Events Research Programme, a monthly subscription-based events series that focuses mostly on local experimental musicians. She likes to make weird music about institutions. 

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    Eve Allan

    Eve Allan is a Musician, Sound and Video Editor, and Theatre Technician. Recent work includes ‘Home is Not the Place’ and ‘Twa’ (Made in Scotland 2022), and ‘We Need to Talk about Safe’ (Sophie Goode and Corinne Salisbury). Currently studying Music at Napier University, Eve plays in local alternative rock band “HÜSH”. 

Find out more

Read the info pack:

MClasses Sound Design ’23 Application Pack word doc


Watch the BSL info pack:

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Listen to the audio info pack:


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Previous M******classes

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