Steve Small, Creative Director

Steve has worked with young people in theatre for 25 years.

He was Associate Director for Scottish Youth Theatre, Head of Education at the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh where he created the Education Department and founded the award winning
Lyceum Youth Theatre and was Associate Director, Education & Community, at Dundee Rep.

Since founding Strange Town he has directed numerous plays including Teach Me which was shortlisted for the Scottish Arts Club Edinburgh Guide Scottish Theatre Award in 2012.

Other work includes; The National Theatre of Scotland, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Edinburgh College, Queen Margaret University College, Moray House, BBC Scotland, Aberdeen Council and he has led workshops in Norway and Japan.


Ruth Hollyman, Creative Director

Ruth is an Edinburgh based director and arts manager who has been working with young people in a theatre setting for 24 years, primarily in Scotland. She co-founded Strange Town and manages it with Steve Small and also runs the Strange Town Young Actors’ agency.

She worked in the marketing department at Edinburgh Festival Theatre in 1995, where she established the theatre’s education programme. From 1996-2000 she lived in Tokyo, setting up a children’s theatre company and working in television and the voiceover industry.

As a freelancer she has previously worked with Lyceum Youth Theatre, macRobert, North Edinburgh Arts Centre, Scottish Youth Theatre, Perth Theatre, Stirling Youth Theatre, Borderline Youth Theatre, and Dundee Rep.


Jessica Chalmers, Administrator

Jessica has a degree in Festival and Events Management from Edinburgh Napier University. Throughout her studies she worked with various Edinburgh Festival venues in a number of different roles. She also produced a show which ran at the Fringe and toured to the Big Burns Supper Festival in Dumfries. screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-15-38-40Since graduating Jessica has worked at the Traverse Theatre and completed an internship with a social enterprise which worked to support young families. As a previous Youth Theatre member herself, Jessica appreciates the opportunities it can bring to a young person and is excited to be working with Strange Town to help bring these to more young people.


Berta Cusso, Stage Manager

Berta is a freelance stage manager and theatre practitioner from Barcelona, where she studied drama and education.  Since doing a masters degree in Theatre and Performance Studies at University of Edinburgh, she has worked as stage manager in Glasgow and Edinburgh with Óran Mòr, Tron Theatre, Traverse, and Tramway.


Some of the productions she has been involved with are A Play A Pie and A Pint, Grit: The Martyn Bennett Story, The Newsboy, and The River.  She has collaborated and worked with a variety of Scottish based theatre professionals such as Barrowland Ballet Dance Company, Cora Bissett, Elizabeth McLennan, David Greig, and Kai Fischer.  She also has led drama workshops in schools and has been involved in other youth theatre projects in India and Spain.