Glasgow Studio Principal
Steve is responsible for the day to day operations and business development of our Glasgow studio in liaison with senior management team, he also provides project management and consultancy in all aspects of theatre design.
Prior to establishing Charcoalblue’s Glasgow studio in 2017, keen eco-self-builder Steve spent more than ten years as Technical Director at Scottish Opera, and a further four as Technical and Operations Director.
Steve was also the client representative for the Theatre Royal, Glasgow development. Part of Steve’s role was to ensure the effective delivery of the project without compromising either the operational requirements of the theatre operator (ATG) or the client’s expectations (Scottish Opera). In addition, he acted as Project Manager on behalf of English National Opera to redevelop the Grade I listed foyers and bars of the Coliseum to encompass commercial catering operations.
Steve also has experience in a variety of consultancy commissions in Health and Safety and sustainability, including three years as H&S Advisor for Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Edinburgh International Festival fireworks concert in Princes Street Gardens Edinburgh.
Steve’s consultancy work with Charcoalblue includes Grand Opera House Belfast, King’s Theatre Edinburgh, Leeds Beckett University and Rockvilla, the new home of the National Theatre of Scotland.
What's the greatest lesson you've learnt as a Theatre Consultant?
Don't forget all those annoying problems you encountered on tour in the past, and ensure you use your role to design them out in future.
What first sparked your love of theatre or performing arts?
Back in the 1970's, as a child I was taken to see what I think was the first professional production of Joseph at the newly opened Haymarket Theatre in Leicester. Such energy, such fun, I just wanted to be part of it.
Years later I was running the workshops at the Haymarket, seeing the sets I built on the same stage was a proud moment for me but I expect even more for my mum…
What qualities should a 'great performance space' have?
A tricky balance between intimacy and wonder.