Staged for Life team members

Adam Bowers is the Training Coordinator for Staged for Life. He was a participant in our first ever course in 2015 and has been involved ever since, helping to plan and deliver our outreach programmes and training courses. Adam is also a musician, fire-spinner and freelance sound and lighting technician, working with a variety of established artists in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and the Netherlands. 

Chris Aberdeen is one of the lead tutors in Staged for Life. He originally trained as a musician in Durham and Newcastle Colleges.  As well as having an interest of playing the guitar he also enjoyed music technology and working in live music. He became aware of the world of theatre and events when I started working at the opera house in Newcastle. Working in a busy theatre taught him a lot about what it takes to put on a successful event. 

Chris’ ambition was to work at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival after he came up to the city to see some shows. He loved it so much he ended up moving to Edinburgh to work full time in the industry. 

As well as working in the events industry, Chris has also been a trained teacher for the last twelve years and has worked at Gateshead College and Edinburgh College training people in Performing Arts and Technical Theatre, His responsibilities include creating and assessing accredited courses.

Thom Hall is one of the lead tutors for Staged for Life. He spent 8 years in higher education studying audio technology and music production. During his later years at university, he would spend the summers in Edinburgh at the Fringe Festival, working with performers from around the globe on a variety of productions.

Thom began his technical career as local crew around Yorkshire, working with incoming touring acts such as The Darkness, Peter Gabriel, Justin Timberlake and Status Quo.

Eventually Thom moved to Edinburgh permanently to forge a career as an event technician. Having worked in many roles and with a number of local companies in both a freelance and full-time capacity, Thom now spends most of his time working internationally in the corporate events sector.

In his spare time Thom enjoys performing music, building computers and travelling.

John Grieve is the Founder of Staged for Life. After graduating with a degree in Music Design, John began his career in community education, designing and delivering training programmes throughout Scotland for organisations such as Drake Music Scotland, Artlink and NHS Lothian. He then became involved in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as a stage manager, and then operations manager, overseeing the successful delivery of range of performances across several venues.

John then moved into workforce operations for the 2012 London Olympic Games and the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, particularly enjoying the process of developing staff and volunteer training programmes. 

In collaboration with the University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy Centre, John set up a community training programme in Soweto, South Africa in 2014. Inspired by his experiences he founded Staged for Life in 2015, which he continues to manage.

Catherine Wilson is the Programme Manager of Staged for Life. She oversees all areas of work in Scotland and (as a former participant of the programme) has first-hand experience of what makes Staged for Life such a unique initiative. Catherine is also a professional poet, storyteller, performer and member of the Loud Poets.