Samuel McKay

Profile

BA (Hons), MA - I am a producer, project manager, director, and community arts practitioner. My research at Leeds asks questions about applied theatre practices and work carried out with refugees and asylum seekers. I am also an Education Outreach Fellow with Educational Engagement.

I trained in community drama and applied theatre at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, graduating in 2014. I then moved to Durham University to study for an MA in Culture and Difference, graduating in 2015. I have worked in theatre as a producer, project manager, director and community artist. Much of my own work is developed with Pockets Theatre, a small company I started in 2015. 

Publications

McKay, S. & Bradley, J. (2016). How does arts practice engage with narratives of migration from refugees? Lessons from ‘utopia’.  Arts and Communities, Special Edition Arts, Activism and Human Rights, 8(1-2), pp.31-46.

Conferences and Seminars (Selected)

(With Fran Wyburn) Refereed conference workshop: ‘Migration and Settlement’. Connected Communities Conference, Co-creating Cities and Communities, Bristol, UK. (July 2017).

Invited colloquium presentation: ‘Radical Self-Sabotage’. Participation: A Pause for Thought, University of Leeds, UK. (May 2017).

(With Jessica Bradley) Invited research seminar: ‘How does arts practice engage with narratives of migration from refugees and asylum seekers? Lessons from ‘utopia’’. Performance and Cultural Industries Postgraduate Research Seminar, University of Leeds, UK. (May 2017).

Refereed symposium presentation: ‘Welcome in Utopia: Representation and Welcome’. TaPRA PGR annual symposium, ‘Space For/Places In’, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK. (February 2017).

Refereed conference presentation: ‘Welcome: Utopian Methodologies and Epistemologies’. Utopia and Connected Communities, The British Library, London, UK. (December 2016).

Invited research seminar: ‘Spaces of Representation after ‘Can the Subaltern Speak’’. Performance and Cultural Industries Postgraduate Research Seminar, University of Leeds, UK. (April 2016).

Migration and Settlement: Extending the Welcome, as a project manager and researcher (2017).

Migration and Home: Welcome in Utopia, as a volunteer researcher (2016).  

Producer & Project Manager (Selected Projects)  

KALIEDOSCOPE Pockets Theatre 2017 + Monthly scratch nights for new and emerging artists in Leeds and Bradford.

Oliver Twist Front Room Prod 2017 (10th – 14th Jan, 20th – 28th Oct) Original promenade adaptation of Oliver Twist in Leeds Kirkgate Market, then recommissioned.

if the girls start moving Pockets Theatre 2017 (4th – 6th Aug) New play about Leeds LGBTQ+ histories for Leeds Pride Weekend in the Corn Exchange.

Wolfenden Pockets Theatre 2017 (22nd May – 2nd June) R&D project at Lawrence Batley Theatre and Square Chapel Arts (led to if the girls start moving)

Migration and Settlement: Extending the Welcme University of Leeds 2017 (Feb – June) Arts and research project with refugees and asylum seekers.

Dickensian Season Front Room Prod 2017 Assisted casting process and decisions for winter Dickensian season.

Be Just and Fear Not Pockets Theatre 2016 (Aug) Community performance in Pudsey telling local LGBTQ+ stories.

HD100 Chol Theatre 2016 (15th – 16th April) Community performance sharing untold stories of Huddersfield at the Lawrence Batley Theatre (Production Assistant).

Director (Selected Projects)

Twas The Night Before Christmas Front Room Prod 2017 (Dec) Festive children’s show in Leeds Kirkgate Market and Huddersfield Winter Festival

Oliver Twist Front Room Prod 2017 (10th – 14th Jan, 20th – 28th Oct) Original promenade adaptation of Oliver Twist in Leeds Kirkgate Market.

Be Just and Fear Not Pockets Theatre 2016 (August) Community performance in Pudsey telling local LGBTQ+ stories.

Everyday Heroes of Ashton Chol Theatre 2014 School residency and outdoor community performance in Ashton-under-Lyne (Youth Director).

All Shook Up 2014 Musical for the the Unity Theatre and Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.

Community Arts Practitioner (Selected Projects)

Food For Thought Pockets Theatre 2017 + Schools workshop on food and sustainability themes developed with Fairandfunky.

Schools Conferences Pockets Theatre 2016 + Regular arts workshops provider for schools conferences on themes of Fairtrade and citizenship.

SCRAPTASTIC Adventure Pockets Theatre 2016 - 2017 Holiday workshops for young people in partnership with Fairandfunky for Kirklees IYSS.

Arts Award Chol Theatre 2016 + As a trained arts award advisor, deliver and assess arts awards in schools.

Imaginary Communities Chol Theatre 2014 + Innovative drama in education projects with Chol Theatre.

Anti-Bullying Week Chol Theatre 2015 + Theatre in Education work for anti-bullying week.

HE Workshops Pockets Theatre 2016 Weekly theatre and drama workshops for home educated children.

Tour-iste Cycle Shop Chol Theatre 2014 Touring story telling show for young people in Kirklees celebrating the Tour De France.

Qualifications

  • MA Culture and Difference, Durham University
  • BA Hons Community Drama, LIPA