Current Board Members
Mary McCluskey retired as Artistic Director / CEO of Scottish Youth Theatre, directing over 100 productions, over ten immersive Festive Shows for 3-7 year-olds and the first collaboration between Scotland’s National Youth Performing Arts companies.
In 2009, Mary formed Theatre Jezebel with Kenny Miller and Anne McCluskey. Their first production was the European premiere of ‘Autobahn’ by Neil LaBute and Mary directed a critically acclaimed production of Keith Huff’s ‘A Steady Rain’ at the Tron in Glasgow which was named as ‘Evening Times Play of the Year 2016’.
Her international work includes leading workshops and masterclasses in Antwerp; Dublin; Oslo & Skien; Perth (Australia); Prishtina; New York and Toronto. Mary won the Jury's Prize for Direction & Pedagogy at the Rainbow Theatre Festival in St. Petersburg, was awarded an Unsung Hero Award at the Sunday Mail Great Scot Awards, named as NCH Woman of Influence 2007, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an honorary doctorate at Dundee University. Mary has sat on many judging panels for Music Theatre Network and Mercury Musical Developments. She is a panel member for the Cameron Composer in Residence and is running the Mercury Musicals Development BEAM Follow Spot Writers’ Group.
Raymond MacDonald (co-chair)
Raymond is Professor of Music Psychology and Improvisation at The University of Edinburgh and led the Glasgow Caledonian Music Psychology Research Group for 12 years. His research focuses on issues relating to improvisation, musical communication, health and wellbeing and education and musical identities. He studies the processes and outcomes of music participation and listening and has a particular interest in collaborative creativity. Raymond runs workshops and lectures internationally and has published over 70 peer reviewed papers and book chapters.
He has co-edited five texts and was editor of the journal Psychology of Music. He is associate editor for The International Journal of Music Education, Jazz Research Journal, Research Studies in Music Education, Musicae Scientiae and The Journal of Music Therapy. As a saxophonist and composer who has released over 50 CDs and toured and broadcast worldwide, Raymond has written music for film, television, theatre, radio and art installations. He has collaborated with Marilyn Crispell, George Lewis, Evan Parker, David Byrne and Jim O’Rourke.
Jan Sutch Pickard (co-chair)
Jan is a member of the lively creative community in SW Mull; one of the Ross of Mull Poets; writer and storyteller and is a member of the Scottish Storytelling Network. She is a Director of the Ross of Mull Historical Centre and committed to good communication and collaborative working.
A career in editorial work and communication was followed by six years working for the Iona Community. She knows the potential of performance and residencies to challenge and inspire both practitioner and host community. Jan encourages more of this kind of exchange: a resource for the whole island, drawing on the gifts and energy of those who live here, as well as bringing new music, varied performance, writing and the visual arts from the mainland to established venues, schools, and village halls.
Jan is a published poet, in numerous anthologies and on-line publications. Works in print include Out of Iona, Between High and Low Water, A Pocket Full of Crumbs and Voices Out of Lockdown. She hopes that the arts represented by us and by the local community can find common ground and mutual encouragement.
Alex was part of the team at An Tobar & Mull Theatre for over 10 years, working first in the café, before taking on the role of Community Engagement and Development Officer from 2016 to 2018. She now runs The Gallery Café on Tobermory Main Street. Alex has a BA in Social Sciences; formed part of the first all women parliamentary committee in Scotland; is an ambassador for She Votes and served on the Mull & Iona Community Trust Board and Glasgow Calton Community Council. Passionate about local politics and the arts and excited by positive links between the two, she has returned as a member of the board.
Alex rarely escapes the Café, but when she does, she enjoys long walks on the beach, drinking beer and day tripping to the city.
Will was born and brought up in London and studied Architecture at the Macintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow, and then at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. Since graduating, Will worked for Anne Thorne Architects, and then for Richard Rogers (RSH+P) before setting up in practice with his wife on the Isle of Mull.
He has over 15 years of experience of a wide range of prestigious projects including the Leadenhall building in London, colloquially known as ’the cheese grater’ and Heathrow Terminal 5 through to smaller projects such as the Ulva Ferry Community Housing on Mull.
As such, Will is well placed to provide advice and guidance for upcoming capital projects in order to help An Tobar & Mull Theatre secure a great new venue and deliver the refurbishments needed.