Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre announces new Associate Directors


Today, on Wednesday 5 February, Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre are delighted to announce the appointment of Tashi Gore and Jess Thorpe as new Associate Directors (Engage).The highly regarded artists are currently Co-Artistic Directors of Glass Performance, an internationally renowned theatre company based in Glasgow and will join the Organisation in April.

Tashi and Jess have a long history of working in the arts, previously founding the award-winning young people’s theatre company, Junction 25 – a company of young people aged 11-18, making original theatre performances from their own ideas and perspectives. They published their book, A Beginner’s Guide to Devising Theatre in September 2019, aimed at those new to devising, exploring creative ways to make original theatre. It features contributions from young performers, key artists, and companies who work professionally in devising theatre, offering guidance to students and young performers. Tashi and Jess have made new work across Scotland and internationally including projects with Rogaland Teater in Stavanger, Thespo in India and 11thStreet Bridge Park, Washingon DC. They recently founded Scotland’s first-ever youth theatre in a prison; Polmont Youth Theatre.

Embarking on their new role with Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre, they will lead the strategic development of Engagement, Participation and Creative Learning for the Organisation, leading a programme of high-quality dance, theatre, and music engagement locally, nationally and internationally.

Speaking of the appointment, Tashi Gore and Jess Thorpe said:
“We are thrilled to be joining the team at Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre. It feels like an exciting opportunity to be part of such a dynamic and vibrant cultural hub at a time where art and engagement are all the more vital. We look forward to getting to know the city, it’s unique community and the many creative adventures ahead.”

At the heart of Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre’s vision is the belief that artistic and creative experience of the highest quality should be open and available to all.  The Organisation has an extensive engagement programme working with people of all ages both within the building and in formal and informal learning contexts across Scotland and internationally and this appointment marks the next chapter in the story of Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre, as both companies pledge to cement Dundee’s status as a world-class creative hub, for innovative, cross-artform work with young people at its heart.

Artistic Director (Dundee Rep)/Joint Chief-Executive Andrew Panton and Executive Producer/Joint Chief-Executive, Liam Sinclair said: 

“On behalf of Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre, we are delighted to announce this very special appointment. Jess and Tashi have shared a 15-year relationship creating and collaborating and have refined and reimagined how to artistically collaborate with diverse communities and make main stage work of the highest national and international calibre. We are very excited to welcome them to the team at such an important point in the organisation’s evolution.”