Emily Garside PhD

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Arts / theatre / cultural and creative industries professional with strong research, writing and digital skills seeking new role.

Extensive teaching and classroom facilitation experience, fundraising (grant application) expertise, an excellent academic track record and significant customer-facing experience.


Key Skills and Experience

  • Research and writing skills: Proven academic ability (I hold a PhD, MA, BA (Hons) and PGCE) as well as ability to write content tailored to specific audiences, for example in theatre programmes (Angels in America, Falsettos) or commercial / organisational websites (Society for Theatre Research).


  • Fundraising: Experience of writing grant applications in both the academic and arts sectors, as well as project managing successful applications.


  • Digital and social media: Ability to manage online brand strategy, websites and social media portfolio, as illustrated by my role at Makers Guild in Wales (a role I originated).


  • Teaching and lesson facilitation: Eight years’ experience designing and delivering lectures, seminars, and education workshops for both adult and young audiences at leading venues such as National Theatre Wales, The National Theatre, University of Wolverhampton, University of South Wales, and Cardiff Metropolitan University; running and creating workshops for a range of audiences, including schools.


  • Creative: Performed playwright, published author, contributor to multiple publications and creative industries freelancer.


  • Self-motivated and driven: Illustrated by my extensive academic credentials and proven track record as a freelancer in the creative industries and academia/education, as well as my voluntary roles.


  • Arts industry experience: Including acting as dramaturg, running development workshops, giving feedback to artists and providing administrative support for leading companies such as the Young Vic.


  • Admin skills: Honed in a variety of roles, in both arts and educational settings.



Employment history

Marketing Officer: Insole Court (2019)

Running the marketing for Heritage attraction and community venue Insole Court. Managing the website and social media portfolio across the commercial arms of the charity- café, room hire and events, alongside the heritage elements. This has included curating a performance and talks series and running the pop-up cinema at the venue. Alongside this a rebranding of the print and online advertising and re-writing of the information leaflets on site.

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

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)

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

Designing and delivering lectures, seminars, and education workshops for both adult and young audiences. 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.


Voluntary Positions:

Taking Flight Theatre: Chair of the Board of Trustees (2016 – present)

Managing the board, 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.

Society for Theatre Research NRN: Social Media Manager (2017)

Responsible for writing content for the blog and website, as well as sourcing contributions from academic writers and providing editorial support.



Cardiff Metropolitan University. 2015. PhD in Theatre

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 (Selection)

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


10 Minute Musicals, Leeway Productions, ‘The Things We Keep’ with Benjiamin Mowbry, 2020.

Don’t Send Flowers,  Silly Woman Productions, 2020

Paper Cuts’ Matthew Frener productions, 2020.

Spring in Winter (Muiscal) Revisionist Entertainment, 2021

‘Don’t Send Flowers’: Clocktower Theatre Company, The Gate/Arena Theatre (2019).

How to Eat a Pear?, Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton (Short)

Through the Grapevine, Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton (Short)

‘Party Like It’s 1985’: Chippy Lane Productions (2017).

‘Where’s Our Milk Maggie?’: Dirty Protest Theatre (2017)


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

Book Chapter: (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: 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