derek mcghie – drama leader
Derek gained his BA in Acting, with distinction, at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and then his Masters in Musical Theatre at the Royal Conservatoire, Glasgow.
Derek has had a varied career as an actor in theatre, tv and radio. Roles have ranged from Sickboy in Trainspotting at York Theatre Royal; to the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz at the Citizen’s theatre; to a summer season at Pitlochry Festival theatre; to an appearance on Still Game.
Companies Derek has worked for include the Tron theatre company, the Citizen’s, Eden Court, Imagine, Scottish Opera For All, Qdos, Byre theatre, Perth Rep and York Theatre Royal.
As well as being an actor Derek is also an experienced drama facilitator and tutor. He has taught across the spectrum from pre-school children to adults in further education. He has worked in Further education establishments throughout the country and particularly enjoys working in youth theatre.
‘I love the energy, enthusiasm and creativity that young people bring to drama. More importantly, I enjoy seeing young individuals grow in confidence and develop their social skills throughout their time in youth theatre. I believe the essential tools in drama are communication and team work, which can be applied in all walks of life’.