Steven Thomson – Co-opted Member

CEO and Creative Director for Outspoken Arts

steventhomson@outspokenarts.org

Tel 0141 847 1122

Steven Thomson is now the Creative Director & CEO for Outspoken Arts Scotland. He was Producer of the former Glasgay! Festival from Feb 2004-November 2014  During his tenure Glasgay! grew into a large month-long celebration at nearly 20 venues, attracting up to 35,000 visitors. He successfully repositioned the festival as “Scotland’s annual celebration of LGBT culture”.  The company entered a period of funding transition in 2015-2017 re-emerging as Outspoken Arts Scotland. In 2016-2018 Steven has also consulted, as a Creative Producer, for Renfrewshire Council supporting its Paisley 2021 UK City of Culturebid and an Event Legacy plan 2018-2022.

Steven has had a long and varied career in the arts.  He began in 1983 as an actor and assistant director of a young, Paisley based community touring theatre company, Arc Theatre Company. He toured “The Game’s A Bogey” by John McGrath (7:84 Theatre Co.). The show transferred to Mayfest 1984. From 1983 to 1987 he worked as Box Office Manager at the Tron Theatre. Following that he was appointed as Theatre Manager with programming responsibilities at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and in 1992 he became Senior Marketing Officer. Steven has also worked as a Director and Producer, founded Made In Glasgow, a professional student theatre ensemble at the RSAMD and staged the first Scottish Student Drama Festival at the RSAMD which then toured to the Edinburgh Fringe. In 1991 he produced Dunoon jazz singer and Billie Holiday look-alike Suzanne Bonnar (River City) in “I Cover The Waterfront – the Billie Holiday” story by Troy Fairclough which played at Glasgow International Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and RSAMD. He made his directorial debut in 1992 for the Scottish première of Nice by Mustapha Matura which starred afro-caribbean actor Desmond McLean.

From 1993-1998 he carried out successful freelance contracts with New Moves, Winged Horse’s Production and Promenade Productions producers of The Big Picnic at the Harland & Wolff Engine Shed former Shipyard. Between 1995 and 1996 he worked for Glasgow City Council as a citywide Theatre Manager at The King’s, Mitchell and Tramway Theatres. Mid 1996 he organised the ticketing operation for the World League of American Football’s Scottish Claymores successful World Bowl Championship at Murrayfield Stadium and in July 1997 relocated to London to again take up the post of General Manager with Promenade Productions.  With Promenade he worked on a number of BBC Radio Recordings and the stage production of Baby Doll by Tennessee Williams at the Albery Theatre in London’s West End in June 2000. During his year in London he also worked for the World League of American Football at its NFL Europe London Headquarters.

Steven returned in late 1998 to Glasgow and New Moves International in a new role as Administrative Director, a post he held until January 2004.

Steven was born and lives in Paisley and was educated at Stanely Green High School.

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