Lauren Oakes

Director Access and Inclusion

Lauren has a background in creative learning, workshop facilitation and events management, working in collaboration with a range of Scottish arts organisations.

In 2011, Lauren graduated with a BA (Hons) Acting from the University of Central Lancashire (England). During her final year at university, Lauren focused her dissertation research into the positive outcomes that participatory youth theatre experiences can provide for young people, thus sparking Lauren’s passion and interest for youth arts. Following her graduation, Lauren worked across the Scottish theatre sector as a freelance drama facilitator, designing and delivering workshops for varying theatre companies and youth arts organisations.

Most recently, Lauren was Head of Creative Learning for Perth Theatre & Perth Concert Hall, Horsecross Arts (Scotland), leading a team of creative practitioners delivering a multidisciplinary participatory arts programme. Alongside this role, Lauren worked in partnership with Perth Autism Support pioneering Scotland’s first, and only, youth theatre for young people on the autism spectrum, leading the artistic direction of the programme. Lauren is passionate about making arts accessible to all young people and strives to explore innovative ways of making theatre experiences possible for young people.

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