2015 Dragon Team
Director & Producer – Laura Stevens
Laura is the Co-founded of Manhattan Children’s Theatre. An award winning theatre she set up in 2002, post 9/11 with a mission of providing affordable, high quality theatrical entertainment to children and families of the New York City community. For over a decade, MCT served some 250,000 children, schools and families. Having relocated with her family to Edinburgh, she is committed to furthering this mission and is proud and privileged to be performing at The Pleasance Theatre for the Festival Fringe 2015.
Playwright – Kristin Walter
Kirstin is the author of The Last of the Dragons, The Selfish Giant, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, The Elves and The Shoemaker among others. Her work has been seen at Vital Theatre Company, Peninsula Youth Theatre, Arizona Broadway Theatre, the Jersey Arts Centre (UK), and Manhattan Children’s Theatre. A committed advocate for children’s theatre, Ms. Walter has toured as an actress and director with Missoula Children’s Theatre, worked as the Education Director of California Theatre Centre and Peninsula Youth Theatre, and served as both an Artistic Associate/Playwright and Vice President of the Board of Manhattan Children’s Theatre. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Santa Clara University and currently teaches theatre and film at Castilleja School in Palo Alto, CA.
King – David Mahoney
David Mahoney trained as an actor at the Manchester Metropolitan University School of Theatre. Since graduating he has worked in many Theatre and Television productions; even winning a Manchester Evening News Award best Fringe Production award for A New Order – An Evening at the Cabaret Voltaire. More recently David has appeared in an Commercial for Stena Line and is looking forward to appearing in ‘Last of The Dragons’ at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Prince – Thomas Doherty
Thomas is an Edinburgh based actor. He is a graduate of MGA Academy of Performing Arts. Recent film credits Lord of the Dance (Grand Gesture Films), The First Time (Bullion/Kent Hugo Productions) and Skin Deep (RCS Films). Credits whilst training include: Melchoir Spring Awakening, Lucas The Addams Family (King’s Theatre, Edinburgh), Joe Farewell My Son (Chuchill Theatre), Steve Zanna Don’t and Paris Romeo & Juliet, Mickey Blood Brothers (EFT Studio), Nick Hurley in Flashdance (EFT mainstage).
Dragon – Martin Murphy
Martin recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a Masters in Musical Theatre. Credits during drama school include a successful run at The Edinburgh Fringe 2014 with Assembly playing Gomez in ‘The Addams Family’ and Brooke in ‘The Girl Who.’ He also played ‘Aladdin’ at the Ayr Gaiety Theatre over the Christmas season 2013/14. After leaving drama school, Martin went on to work at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre, playing a Giant/Ensemble in Roald Dahls ‘The BFG.’ Martin is excited to add to his repertoire of quirky characters by playing the Last Ever (!) Dragon at this years Edinburgh Fringe.
Valet – Tom Duncan
Tom trained at the Royal Scottish Academy in Glasgow. In the ten years since graduating, he has worked extensively in theatre, film, television, radio and even the weird and wonderful world of advertising. Previous theatre credits include: Jack and the Beanstalk (DGOne), Snow White (The Byre), Henry IV, As You Like It, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Queen Margaret, Merchant of Venice, Much ado about Nothing, This Fearful Country – all for Bard in the Botanics. Romeo and Juliet (Erasmus Musical and Theatre), Coma (Arches Live), Aladdin (PACE), Beauty and the Beast (Mad About), Mother Goose (Macrobert). Film and TV credits include: Sunset Song (Terence Davies), Scrotal Recall (Channel 4), Native Range (Gary Hesketh), Golden Sun Music Video (Shrikrish Productions), Joyeux Noel (Nord Ouest), Bt Vision ident (Channel 4).
Nurse – Isobel McArthur
Isobel McArthur is a Glasgow-based actor and theatre-maker. She trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and since graduating Isobel has completed a residency creating Daphne Oram’s Wonderful World of Sound as part of the Tron Labs initiative. She also recently appeared at the Imaginate festival in GORGON and, later this year, she joins playwrights Clare Duffy and Isabel Wright in contributing to the Golden Arm Theatre Project. Isobel is reading Edwyn Morgan’s Scots translation of Cyrano de Bergerac with Communicado at this year’s Edinburgh Book Festival and is also currently mounting her own one-woman show How to Sing it, following development support from Sense Over Sectarianism. Isobel is part of Blood of the Young Theatre Company and is represented by Infinity Artists Management.
Princess – Hannah Howie
Hannah has just completed a run of There’s a guy works down the chip shop swears he’s Elvis (Ovation) in London, a new work in which she originated the role of Zoe. This piece transfers to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015 with Momentum Theatres. Prior to this, Hannah finished her first panto session with MacRobert (Stirling) understudying and dancing in the chorus. In 2014, Hannah graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with distinction following an Edinburgh Fringe Festival season as Alice Beineke The Addams Family (Assembly) and Elle The Girl Who (Theatre Bench/Assembly). Further credits while training include ‘A’ Three Tall Women, Claudia Nine and a self-directed cabaret produced in association with Sloans Bar in Glasgow. Prior to drama school, Hannah graduated from Durham University with a BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences (Psychology). Whilst studying, however, Hannah tended to spend more time treading the boards than in the library! She graduated having been involved in over 25 student productions, was elected President of the Durham University Light Opera Group in her final year and won the Durham Award in recognition of her achievements in drama. Further credits include: Yum Yum Hot Mikado (C Venues, Edinburgh), Carmen Fame (Gala Theatre, Durham), Kate/Lilli Kiss Me Kate (Assembly, Durham) and Jenny Diver Threepenny Opera (Assembly, Durham). She also had the opportunity to direct throughout university, highlights including Durham Drama Festival 2011 and producing a set for the leaving dinner of former university chancellor, Sir Bill Bryson (OBE). Prior to university, Hannah attended Fettes College in Edinburgh as an academic and music scholar (voice/violin) before training with Scottish Opera at the age of 18 in operatic vocal technique and performance.
Linda Gillespie – Set/Costume/props Design
Linda Has been involved with Amateur Theatre for many years, onstage and off, writing and directing her first pantomime script, Aladdin, in 1984 for Livingston’s New Town Entertainers. She went on to write and direct Sleeping Beauty the following year and from there was asked to take the role of Director for Carnwath Drama Group and subsequently was asked to take over as Director of Biggar Junior Theatre Workshop, initially writing and directing their productions such as Nessie Meets Titanic and Cocobananas. Latterly she directed many of Malcolm Sircom’s youth theatre scripts including The Pinafore Pirates, Dream On, Rocky Monster and Olivia. At the same time Linda was assisting more and more with the Adult side of the workshop, as a member of the Productions Group she is involved in designing and creating sets and has stage managed musicals, pantos and plays such as Guys and Dolls, Sweet Charity, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Boston Marriage and Snow White. She is currently finishing co-writing this year’s panto Mother Goose. She is delighted to be involved with The Last Of The Dragons.
Jennifer S Gillespie – SoundDesign
Recently graduated from Edinburgh Napier University having completed her BMus (Hons) in Classical Music, Jennifer has taken taken part in Amateur Dramatics since the tender age of 7. She has been involved with a variety of productions, ranging from Musical Theatre, Dramas and Opera. Jennifer has had many opportunities not only to perform in several productions (“Joanna”, in ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, “Tuptim”, in ‘The King and I’, and “Pamina”, in Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’.) but also as props master, stage crew and sound production. Recently, Jennifer served as Musical Director for Biggar Theatre Workshop’s pantomime “Snow White and the Biggar Dwarfs”, in December of last year and will be Musical Director again for this year’s pantomime “Mother Goose”.
Victoria Gillespie – Stage Management
Victoria has been doing technical work for theatre productions from the time she was 11 years old when she was asked to operate the lighting for a local amateur theatre production of Calamity Jane. Having received an HND in Technical Theatre from Glasgow Kelvin College, she has gone on to operate, manage, design and rig countless productions. Favorites include:Sweet Charity , The Man of Lamancha, Proof, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Cats and Avenue Q, Richard III