Previous M*****classes

M*****classes is a free training programme that aims address the gender imbalance in creative design and production roles.

Each set of M*****classes consists of workshops, talks with professionals and hands on experience. Many previous participants have gone on to gain work as a result of the programme.

M*****classes: Video Design

This series of M*****classes was organised by Tim Reid, one of Scotland’s leading Video Designers and ran in March – April 2022.

Participants took part in workshops delivered by Tim and other Video Designers working in Scotland, London and internationally. They developed an understanding of professional processes and potential career paths in the field, while building practical skills and increasing confidence.


  • Anna Raczynski
  • Eliyana Evans
  • Eve Allan
  • Hannah Wright
  • Ink Asher Hemp
  • Kirsty May Hamilton
  • Lorna Simpson
  • Maili Fraser
  • Monika Smekot


Participants took part in the following workshops:

  • Demystifying Video Design’ led by Tim Reid
  • ‘Calling yourself a Video Designer: A technician turned designer’s perspective’ led by Ellie Thompson
  • ‘Spot The Video Design – projection and materials’ led by Nina Dunn
  • ‘Projection Design as Visual Language in Live Performance’ led by Akhila Krishnan
  • ‘Socially engaged work and collaboration’ led by Kim Beveridge
  • Exploring video design across disciplines led Kai Fischer
A group shot of M*****classes: Video Design participants. 9 people in front of a white wall
M*****classes: Video Design participants with workshop leader Nina Dunn (front left)

M*****classes: Production Management

Participants took part in a series of Zoom workshops in November 2020, led by Fi Fraser, one of Scotland’s leading Production Managers. Workshops explored the techniques and processes that are key to a Production Manager’s work.


  • Alma Lindenhovius
  • Cynthia WS Cheung
  • Gemma Smith
  • Judy Stewart
  • Katie Innes
  • Katy Steele
  • Rose Sharkey


Participants took part in the following workshops:

  • Initial meetings
  • Relationships with creatives, technical team, venues, and suppliers
  • Schedules
  • Budgets and money
  • Touring, including international touring
Zoom screenshot of M*****classes participants

M*****classes: Lighting Design

These workshops explored the creative techniques underpinning the art of lighting design for theatre.

Workshops began in January 2020. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we had to postpone our final weekend of March workshops. These took place online in March 2021.


  • Alice McDougall
  • Isabel Rodriguez Lorenzo
  • Laura Hawkins
  • Laura Laria Iglesias
  • Lisa Kirk
  • Michaella Fee
  • Minttu Maari Mäntynen
  • Suzie Normand


Participants took part in the following workshops:

  • ‘Introduction to the series’ led by Katharine Williams
  • ‘Approaching a play’ led by Lizzie Powell.
  • ‘Designing for Devised work led by Jessica Hung Han Yun
  • ‘Approaches to concept and architecture’ led by Lucy Carter
  • ‘What the Chief LX needs from you’ led by Karin Anderson
  • ‘Relighting workshop’ led by Louise Gregory
  • ‘Putting it all Together’ including a panel discussion of lighting professionals and representatives from the Association of Lighting Designers and Stage Sight

Participants also attended the following performances alongside the workshops:

  • Pride and Prejudice (sort of) at The Lyceum
  • Smile at Dundee Rep Theatre
M*****classes: Lighting participants sitting around a table looking at a large piece of paper

M*****classes: Sound Design

The first set of M*****classes offered hands on career experience in the role of sound design in theatre. Workshops took place in 2019.

This opportunity was aimed at participants who were musicians or composers, sound engineers and sound designers with little or no theatre experience.


  • Nerea Bello
  • Zoe Irvine
  • Heather Andrews
  • Alicia Matthews
  • Kim Moore
  • Beldina Odenyo
  • Patricia Panther
  • Fi Johnston


Participants took part in the following workshops:

They attended the following theatre performances alongside the workshops:

  • Nora at Citizens Theatre
  • Local Hero at The Lyceum
  • The Duchess of Malfi at Lyceum Theatre.
Seven M*****classes: Sound participants standing in a line

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