The Traverse is delighted to enjoy the company of a talented and exciting group of Associate Artists and Writers in Residence. Each of them have written or directed, or are writing, a play commissioned by the Traverse. We believe that these artists are the UK's most promising and innovative dramatic voices, helping to move British theatre into a bold new future, and we are extremely proud to count them as part of our team.

Associate Artists

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Emma Callander (Director)

For the Traverse: Crash by Andy Duffy (nominated Best Play at the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland); Cuckooed by Mark Thomas (winner of a Fringe First and the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award); Breakfast Plays: The Birth Plays; Referendum Plays; Knowledge is Power: Knowledge is Change.

Elsewhere: Refugee (Teater Grob, Copenhagen); In Opposition (Paines Plough Roundabout); Theatre Uncut 2013: The Rise of the Right (Young Vic); Theatre Uncut 2012: International (Young Vic, Latitude, Shambala) and Theatre Uncut 2011: The Cuts (as a participant at the Bristol Old Vic and Arches Glasgow).

Emma is Co-Artistic Director of Theatre Uncut, Creative Director of the Birth Debate for Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, and Leverhulme Fellow at the Bristol Old Vic.

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Rob Drummond (Writer & performer)

For the Traverse: Grain in the Blood (also produced in South Korea); Our Fathers (in co-production with Magnetic North); Quiz Show.

Elsewhere: The Majority (National Theatre of Great Britain); the multi award-winning Bullet Catch (The Arches); two CATS award-winning plays for young audiences, Mr Write (National Theatre of Scotland) and Uncanny Valley (Borderline Theatre and Edinburgh International Science Festival); Rob Drummond: Wrestling (The Arches), and dating show In Fidelity (HighTide). Rob has already written the first ever stage version of beloved Scottish comic strip The Broons (Selladoor, Scottish tour).

Rob is currently under commission to The Traverse, The National Theatre of Scotland and The National Theatre of Great Britain, as well as working on new pieces for radio, film and TV.

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Gary McNair (Writer & performer)

For the Traverse: Locker Room Talk (also produced in Germany); Letters to Morrissey; A Gambler's Guide to Dying.

Gary McNair is a playwright, director and performer based in Glasgow.

His aim is to make work that will entertain and challenge audiences in equal measures.

After graduating with first class honours in Contemporary Theatre Practice from the RSAMD (now RCS) in 2007 he has produced work with and for many of Scotland's major theatre companies and his work has been translated into several languages and performed around the world.

His most recent work includes; Fringe First award-winning Square Go (Francesca Moody); Fringe First award-winning Letters to Morrissey, Locker Room Talk (Traverse Theatre Company); A Gambler's Guide to Dying which enjoyed a successful run at the Traverse theatre during the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a subsequent world tour and was part of the Adelaide Festival in 2016. The show received huge critical acclaim, was the recipient of a Fringe First and the Holden Street Theatre awards and was featured in the BBC's best solo shows of the Fringe.

Gary’s other recent writing credits include Let The Bitch Burn (RCS); After the Cuts (Òran Mór); Fess Up (Company of Angels); Donald Robertson is Not a Stand-Up Comedian (Traverse Theatre Company/National Theatre of Scotland); How to Choose and What You Don’t Know (Trigger).

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Morna Pearson (Writer)

For the Traverse: How to Disappear, The Artist Man and the Mother Woman, Distracted and Bin Heid; Walking On Walls (Traverse Theatre Company/Òran Mór, A Play, A Pie & A Pint).

Elsewhere: Let’s Inherit the Earth (Dogstar/Profilteatern); Dr Stirlingshire’s Discovery (Lung Ha/Grid Iron); Lost At Sea (Catherine Wheels); The Library (Frozen Charlotte); The Strange Case of Jekyll & Hyde (Lung Ha); Ailie & The Alien (National Theatre Connections); Un Petit Moliere (Lung Ha); The Company Will Overlook a Moment of Madness (National Theatre of Scotland/Òran Mór, A Play, A Pie & A Pint); Elf Analysis (Òran Mór, A Play, A Pie & A Pint).

Morna Pearson is an Elgin-born Edinburgh-based playwright and screenwriter. She has been a recipient of the Channel 4 Playwright Scheme and the Meyer-Whitworth Award. Her first short film, I Was Here, gained BAFTA Scotland and EIFF nominations for Best Short Film. Current projects include a pilot sitcom script for BBC Studios and Darklands for National Theatre of Scotland.

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Tim Price (Writer)

For the Traverse: How To Ruin Someone’s Life From The Comfort of Your Own Beanbag (Traverse Breakfast Play); I'm With the Band (Traverse Theatre/Wales Millennium Centre); Demos.

Elsewhere: Elevenses (Somerset House); The Insatiable; Inflatable Candylion (National Theatre Wales); Teh Internet is Serious Business (Royal Court Theatre); Protest Song (Royal National Theatre); Praxis Makes Perfect (National Theatre Wales/Barbican tour); The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning (National Theatre Wales - Winner James Tait Black Prize); Salt Root and Roe (Donmar Warehouse); For Once (Pentabus Theatre/Hampstead theatre).

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Stef Smith (Writer)

For the Traverse: Girl in the Machine, Swallow (also produced in Germany and Turkey).

Elsewhere: Nora (Citizen’s Theatre), Letters to Europe (Underbelly) Acts of Resistance (Bristol Old Vic/ Headlong) How to Grow a Nation (Young Vic); The Deep End (BBC Scotland); Human Animals (Royal Court); Remote (National Theatre Connections Festival); Tea and Symmetry (BBC Radio); Smoke and Mirrors (Traverse Theatre and DOT Istanbul for Theatre Uncut); Back to Back to Back (Cardboard Citizens); Cured (Glasgay! Festival); Grey Matter (The Lemon Tree); Woman of the Year (Òran Mór) and Falling/Flying (Tron).

Her critically acclaimed show, Roadkill, won numerous awards, including an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre.

Writers in Residence

Julia Taudevin

Julia is our IASH/Traverse Creative Fellow for 2020. Taudevin is an award-winning actor, playwright, screenwriter, director and co-artistic director of the Glasgow-based theatre company, Disaster Plan. She is the writer of eight plays, which have gained her critical and industry attention for their ambitious form, and political and feminist themes. In her own words, her work is: ‘driven by female characters and stories exploring themes of alienation and isolation, with an interaction between the text and the use of music often central to the form’.

During her time as IASH-Traverse Creative Fellow she will be working on a piece called A(u)nti(e) Empire – a gory political comedy about the British Empire.

Andrew Thompson

Andrew is one of our 'UK in Japan Season 2020, British Council' Writers in Residence. He trained and worked as an actor for ten years for companies including National Theatre, Sheffield Theatres and ITV. He began writing short plays and moved to Edinburgh to focus on writing.

Andrew's work has been staged in Newcastle, Sheffield, London and Edinburgh. He was awarded a Jerwood/Arvon Fellowship in 2014 and has been the recipient of a Playwright Studio Scotland New Playwright Award.

His play In Event of Moone Disaster won the Theatre503 International Playwriting Award 2016 and was staged at the theatre in October 2017. Andrew received the Best New Writer Award at The Stage Debut Awards 2018.

Morna Young

Morna is one of our 'UK in Japan Season 2020, British Council' Writers in Residence. She is a playwright, actress and musician from Moray. She was recipient of the 2017 Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship (hosted by Creative Learning, Aberdeen City Council), the New Playwrights Award 2014 (Playwrights' Studio, Scotland) and the ‘Tomorrow at Noon’ award for female playwrights 2018 (Jermyn Street Theatre). In 2018, she was playwright-in-residence for BATS Theatre in Wellington, New Zealand.

Lost at Sea, her debut play, premiered at Perth Theatre in April 2019 before touring Scotland. The critically acclaimed production received four nominations and won two categories at the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS).