Cathie Boyd, Founder & Artistic Director
Cathie Boyd is an internationally respected director, producer and curator known for her ability to inspire others and her strong leadership of creative endeavour. With over 25 years of experience, she is able to work across art forms, from opera to music, visual arts and film while being able to work at a strategic and practical level, often working in new and unusual ways to achieve goals. Raised in Belfast, Ireland, Cathie graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and set up Cryptic in 1994 with the desire to create innovative performances that would ‘ravish the senses’ of international audiences. Her many years of artistic practice include numerous international commissions and collaborations which have been presented in over 25 countries. Cathie has been instrumental in providing a key platform for artists around the world by creating Glasgow’s Sonica Festival in 2012. She also has much experience in working with new technologies and was previously awarded a NESTA Fellowship to develop the visual staging of live music –performances include with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, BBS SSO, BCMG, London Sinfonietta and NYO. Awards include Best Programming for Sonica (Scottish New Music Awards); European Woman of Achievement for the Arts, Outstanding Young Person Award, Junior Chambers of Commerce and an Edinburgh Festival Fringe First. Cathie also serves as Vice President on the Board of IETM (international network for contemporary performing arts).
Cathie’s five favourite things:
- 1954 Jaguar D-type in racing green
- 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 , she is now chairperson of the Board for Glasgow-based theatre company Vox Motus and also recently joined the Board of Objet-a.
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
Christopher Glasgow, Marketing & Communications Manager
Christopher joined Cryptic in March 2014. Prior to this he studied at The University of Glasgow (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 (and new addition, Bailey)
- Trying out tasty new recipes for family and friends
- Walking over the Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam at night
- Eating freshly caught calamari whilst soaking up the sun in Symi, Greece
- Cruising the Sassagoula River to the Port Orleans French Quarter, Orlando
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
Rachel Hendry, Project Coordinator
Rachel joined Cryptic as Administrator in April 2016. She is responsible for project management, company administration, assisting with digital media and online marketing as well as the delivery of creative learning and engagement. She is also Cryptic’s Green Champion. Prior to her role with Cryptic, Rachel worked for a number of leading arts organisations, galleries and artist led spaces including Edinburgh Printmakers, The National Galleries of Scotland and Edinburgh International Film Festival. She graduated in 2014 from the Glasgow School of Art and is a current WASPS studio holder at The Briggait in Glasgow where she develops her own artistic practice working with animation and video installation.
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 Bob Downes (Consultant) and Directors: Alan Eccles (Partner, Brodies LLP); Susan Robertson (Head of Group Reporting & Reconciliations, Clydesdale Bank); Ian Smith (President, European Music Council and Treasurer/Executive Board Member, International Society for the Performing Arts); Gina Wilson (Legal Counsel, Employment, CargoLogicManagement) and Cathie Boyd (Founder and Artistic Director, Cryptic).