• Arts Project Manager and strategic lead.
  • Writer- both creative and critical work.
  • Experienced Arts Researcher;  Strong knowledge and experience in audience research (Qualitative and Quantitative approaches).

Key Skills: 



  • Articles on theatre/arts audiences with Wales Arts Review, American Theatre, Slate, Howlround, BBC Cymru and others.
  • Social Media and Digitial Content writing for Makers Guild Wales, Sherman Theatre, National Theatre, and other arts organisations.
  • Grant writing experience with University of South Wales and Arts Council Wales.
  • Published author in several books, peer-reviewed journals and own book under contract with McFarland Publishing. A creative writer and performed playwright.


  • Chair and strategic lead for an arts organisation.
  • Managing a range of research projects and associated funding with Taking Flight Theatre and the University of South Wales and Arts Council Wales.
  • Conducting a variety of research projects as an independent scholar and with Cardiff Metropolitan University.


Taking Flight Theatre: Chair of the Board of Trustees (2017 – present)

Managing the board, and line managing 6 employees. Overseeing the move from project funded to Arts Council Portfolio company. Running Trustee meetings and working with the creative team on the company’s strategic plan. Responsible for governance, employment, safeguarding, and signing off on all aspects of fundraising and finances.

London Playwright’s Blog: Script Advisor/Workshop Facilitator  (2017-present)

Offering feedback on scripts and working as a dramaturg. Running workshops on writing and producing theatre  in association with RADA/Theatre Deli

Insole Court Trust, Head of Marketing, 2019-2020.

Running the marketing for Heritage attraction and community venue Insole Court alongside a rebranding and website relaunch. As well as curating a performances and talks series, and running the pop up cinema at the venue.

London Playwright’s Blog: Script Advisor/Workshop Facilitator  (2017-present)

Offering feedback on scripts and running writing musicals in association with RADA/Theatre Deli

Digital Content Officer & Deputy Manager: Makers Guild in Wales (2018-2019)

Within this post I originated a new role producing the organisation’s online brand strategy, managing their website and social media portfolio. This role was split with my responsibilities as Deputy Manager, in charge of the day-to-day running of the gallery.

Dramaturg & Researcher: Falsettos, Selladoor Productions (2019)

Offering research support to the production, writing two programmes essays and conducting a post-show talk.

Theatre Workshop Facilitator & University Lecturer: Freelance (2010-2018)

I have eight years’ experience designing and delivering lectures, seminars, and education workshops for both adult and young audiences. I have worked with a range of creative industry organisations including Sherman Cymru, Wales Millennium Centre, National Theatre Wales, and the National Theatre, as well as for Higher Education institutions such as University of Wolverhampton, University of South Wales, and Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Literary Assistant: Young Vic Theatre/Theatre Uncut (2018)

Reading and assessment of submissions for the 2018 Political Playwrighting award.

Research Administration & Transcription: 2 Faced Dance/Ian Abbott (2018)

Performing administrative research tasks for the ‘Hip Hop Almanac’ project:

Writer, Research Advisor & Education Facilitator: Angels in America, National Theatre (2016-2017)

Provided Research Advisory Consultancy for Angels in America (2017, dir. Marianne Elliot). Commissioned to write programme essay, with over 10,000 copies sold. Engaged as education facilitator to work with both adult learning and in schools, designing and delivering workshops for a variety of audiences.

Literary associate: Route 66 Theatre (2015-2017)

Provided expert play reading and analysis services to support the literary manager. Responsible for running development workshops, hosting readings, and coordinating artist feedback.

Investment and Funding Services Team Assistant: Arts Council Wales (2016-2017)

Advising on grant application and management across arts companies, dealing with a wide range of arts based clients, along with day-to-day administration.

Development Advisor: University of South Wales (Creative Industries Research Inst.) (2014-2015)

Developing research grant proposals working with academics and creative industry practitioners. Provided project management for successful grants.

Programming and Literary Assistant: Origin Theatre, New York (2012-2013)

Running development workshops, hosting readings, and coordinating feedback to artists.



Cardiff Metropolitan University. 2015. PhD in Theatre (Thesis Title: ‘Angels at the National and Bohemians in the West End: Transposing American Dramatic Depictions of AIDS to the British Stage in Angels in America and Rent’)

University of Wales Institute Cardiff. 2010. PGCE in History (Secondary Education).

Kings College, University of London and RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art). 2008. MA in Text & Performance Studies (Merit).

University of Nottingham and McGill University, Montreal (study abroad). 2006. BA (Hons) American & Canadian Studies with History (2:1).


Writing Projects

Critical Writing

  • BBC Cymru, Blogger
  • American Theatre, Writer
  • Howlround, Editorial & Theatre Criticism
  • The Stage, Editorial & Theatre Criticism
  • The National Theatre, Programme Essay
  • Exeunt Magazine, Editorial & Theatre Criticism
  • Wales Arts Review, Writer & Resident Theatre Critic
  • Buzz Magazine, Editorial & Theatre Criticism
  • My Theatre Mates, Editorial & Theatre Criticism



2019, Playwright ‘Don’t Send Flowers’, Clocktower Theatre Company, The Gate Theatre Cardiff, Arena Theatre Wolverhampton, Playhouse 2 Oldham.

  • 2020, The Other Room, Flipcharts and Phillip Schofield, ‘SEEN new writing showcase’ (work in progress)
  • 2020, Leeway Productions/Theater Ffwrness Llanelli. ‘The Things We Lose’ (Book writer, Musical)
  • 2019, How to Eat a Pear?, Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton (Short)
  • 2019, Through the Grapevine, Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton (Short)
  • 2017, Chippy Lane Productions ‘Party Like it’s 1985.
  • 2017, Dirty Protest Theatre, ‘Where’s Our Milk Maggie
  • 2017, Spiral Theatre Company, ‘Always Tuesday’
  • 2016, The Other Room, ‘Always Tuesday’


Book: Garside, E. (exp. 2021) Author, More Life! Angels in America Across the Decades, McFarland Publishing [Under Contract]

 Book Chapter: Garside, E. (exp. 2020) ‘Coming Back Another Day; Rent Fans across the decades’, in Theatre Fandom, ed. Kirsty Sedgman, University of Iowa Press [Accepted: In Press]

Book Chapter: Garside, E. The World Turned Inside Out and We Can Never Go Home Anymore; Punchdrunk and site- specific Fan Interaction. In Williams, Rebecca, ‘Everybody Hurts, Transitions, Endings and Resurrections in Fan Cultures, Iowa, 2019.

Book Chapter: Modernising Holmes: Location and Bringing Sherlock into the 21st Century in Sherlock Holmes in Context, edited by Sam Nadiu, 2016, Palgrave Macmillan