Cathie Boyd, Founder and Artistic Director
After graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Belfast-born Cathie Boyd founded Cryptic in 1994 with the desire to create innovative performances that would ‘ravish the senses’ of international audiences. Over the course of the last 22 years Cathie, as Artistic Director, has led the evolution of the company from music theatre to where it is today: Scotland’s leading producing art house, having presented work in 25 countries. Her work has involved numerous international commissions including the Singapore Arts Festival; Tramway, Glasgow and Aldeburgh Music Festival that have been presented at festivals in Europe and throughout the Americas. Directing credits include Armstrong, Britten, Bryars, Dzinitis, Gounod, Kurtág, Kyriakides, Haddow, Holt, Marta, MacDonald, Neil Martin, Reich, Sciarrino, Shostakovich, Stockhaussen, Talbot, Varese and Viñao. Cathie has a huge amount of experience in working with new technologies for performance and was made a Fellow of NESTA to develop the visual staging of music through new software, which led her to direct live visuals for Stravinsky’s Firebird with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and festivals across Europe. Cathie has been instrumental in providing a key platform for artists around the world by initiating the creation of Sonica in 2012 (sonic art for the visually minded) and Cryptic Nights in 2009 (Cryptic’s ongoing emerging artists programme) as well as working as the Artistic Producer on the first annual Beckett festival, Happy Days, in Ireland. Awards include Outstanding Young Person Award, Junior Chambers of Commerce, European Woman of Achievement for the Arts, NESTA Fellowship and an Edinburgh Festival Fringe First.
Cathie’s five favourite things:
- 1959 Austin Healey MK1 Frogeye Sprite in gun-metal grey
- Snorkeling off Los Roques in Venezuela
- Best spa: Therme Vals in Switzerland, designed by Peter Zumthor
- Yves Klein’s 1962 – L’Arbre grande eponge bleue
- Samuel Beckett
Claire Moran, Producer
Joining Cryptic in 1997, Claire Moran was responsible for producing all of Cryptic’s works until 2002. She rejoined the company in 2005 and has been instrumental in the production of work that was toured across Europe, South America and Asia. Claire studied Performing Arts, specialising in new dance, at De Montfort University, Leicester in the UK, and on graduating moved into the field of arts management. She has worked with a variety of theatres and cultural organisations in Scotland including the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Scottish Ballet producing arts events, conferences, festivals and education programmes. From 2000 – 2002 Claire was chairperson of Renfrewshire Dance Project and is now chairperson of the board for Glasgow-based theatre company Vox Motus.
Claire’s five favourite things:
- Walking along the deserted Praia do Beliche, Algarve
- A glass of chilled Viognier sitting on the veranda of Peppers Retreat in the Hunter Valley, Australia
- Having a rummage in Kinokuniya Bookstores, New York
- The smell of freshly baked bread
- Being in my house when it is all cold and rainy outside
Caroline Thompson, Head of Planning
Caroline re-joined Cryptic in 2013, having previously worked with the company on its productions of The Paper Nautilus, Optical Identity and Orlando. In her current role she is responsible for developing the company’s business planning and exploring and creating new collaborations and partnerships. Caroline studied economics, politics and law at University of Nottingham, and after graduation worked as a lawyer before changing career to work for a number of arts organisations throughout the UK and Scotland. She has created and delivered marketing, communication, engagement, professional and business development programmes for a number of companies, including the RSNO and Scottish Ensemble. Caroline is currently a Board Member of Vanishing Point.
Caroline’s five favourite things:
- Driving over the Pass of the Cattle in Appledore;
- Swimming in the sea in Porto Cesario in Salento;
- Walking in the Cirque de Gavarnie in the Pyrenees
- Paris at night
- Lunch in Balthazar, New York
Jana Robert, Project Manager
Jana joined Cryptic in August 2013. Having gained a first class BA(Hons) from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts in Music, Theatre and Entertainment Management, Jana has since worked as a freelance project manager and producer for a large variety of art events, from festivals, orchestra tours and conferences to large-scale, experimental theatre productions and for companies such as the British Council, Creative Scotland, IETM, Arika, Untitled Projects, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Arts, Festivals Edinburgh and Ankur.
Jana’s five favourite things:
- Sitting in the Turkish bath at the Arlington Baths after a swim
- Taking my canoe for a paddle on one of Scotland’s many lochs
- Taking my collie for a walk on the beach
- Playing in a deserted Venice at night time when it’s a bit spooky
- Discovering a special new artist I can get excited about
Christopher Glasgow, Marketing Manager
Christopher joined Cryptic in March 2014. Prior to this he studied at Glasgow University (2006–10), gaining an MA (Hons) in Music and was Communications Officer at the Scottish Music Centre for five years. He is passionate about generating increased opportunities for artists and audiences alike through the execution of high profile, engaging campaigns across a wide variety of traditional and new media formats. He has garnered a sound reputation as a guest speaker on a number of related topics and has received invitations to work with arts organisations and educational institutions including, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Live Music Now and National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music. Most recently, he served as Vice-Chair of the European Music Council Youth Committee where he contributed towards the development and implementation of the organisation’s digital strategy and assisted on the international dissemination of the Manifesto for Youth and Music in Europe and Make Music! Be Heard! work placement scheme for young professionals.
Christopher’s five favourite things:
- My first dog, Frank
- Tap Dancing (on or off stage!)
- Rum & Raisin ice cream from Berthillion Paris
- Soaking in the outdoor infinity pool of Carrick Spa, Loch Lomond
- Pearls & Caviar Brunch overlooking Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
Rachel Hendry, Administrator
Rachel joined Cryptic in April 2016. She graduated from the Glasgow School of Art’s painting and printmaking department in 2014. During her time at the Art School she organised a variety of exhibitions and events including co-founding the arts collective Fanfare. Since graduating she has worked for arts organisations including Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh International Film Festival and The National Galleries of Scotland. Rachel is a Wasps studio holder at The Briggait where she continues to develop her practice exploring our visual relationship with digital screens through stop motion video installations.
Rachel’s five favourite things:
- Eating seafood in Sea Baron, Reykjavik
- Tarsem Singh’s The Fall
- Seeing a performance by the Richard Alston Dance Company
- Mastering a new yoga move
- A long walk up one of Scotland’s Munros
The current Cryptic board consists of Chairperson April Chamberlain (Former Managing Director, Comedy Unit) and Directors: Bob Downes (Consultant); Alan Eccles (Partner, Brodies LLP); Steven Spier (Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture at Kingston University); Gina Wilson (Partner, Clyde & Co) and Cathie Boyd (Founder and Artistic Director, Cryptic).