Cathie Boyd, Founder & Artistic Director
Cathie Boyd is the founder and Artistic Director of Cryptic. With more than 25 years’ experience working across art forms as diverse as opera, classical/contemporary music, sonic arts and film, Cathie has earned an international reputation as an inspiring, innovative, pragmatic and capable leader. 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’. Her many years of artistic practice include numerous international commissions and collaborations which she has directed and presented in more than 25 countries including at Peak Performances, USA; the Singapore Arts Festival and a staging of the complete works of Varèse for Southbank Centre, London. Under her leadership, Cryptic has successfully transformed into a producing art house focussed on developing and presenting the next generation of Scottish and international artists. To deliver this mission, Cathie created the Sonica Glasgow festival in 2012. To date, there have been five festivals showing the work of 320+ artists from 25+ countries to a combined audience of 180,000. Her long-standing commitment to bringing new technologies to the arts was recognised with the award of a NESTA Fellowship (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts). This led to collaborations with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as well as BCMG, London Sinfonietta and NYO in the visual staging of live music performances. Cathie is frequently invited as a guest curator or speaker to international festivals and cultural events. During her career she has received a variety of awards including: Best Programming for Sonica (Scottish New Music Awards); European Woman of Achievement for the Arts; Outstanding Young Person Award (Glasgow Chambers of Commerce); Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts award shortlist; and an Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Award. She is President of IETM (International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts), an ISPA (International Society for Performing Arts) Fellow Graduate (having also served on the ISPA Programme Committee ) and is currently sitting on MetaLAB’s research group ’Future Stages’ for Harvard University.
Cathie’s five favourite things:
- Wild swimming: Le lac d’Oô in the Pyrenees
- Riga: one of the most beautiful and welcoming cities in the world
- Best spa: Therme Vals in Switzerland, designed by Peter Zumthor
- Writers: Samuel Beckett
- Austin Healy 3000 Mk 3 1964
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 arrival of springtime flowers
- Memories after seeing The Nutckracker, when we left the theatre to enter a gentle snow storm – magical!
Christopher Glasgow, Marketing & Communications Manager
Christopher has worked in arts marketing and communications for the past decade, beginning at the Scottish Music Centre (2009) and joining Cryptic in 2014. His primary interests lie in exploring and maximising the many opportunities offered by new technology for increasing audiences’ engagement with, and understanding of, artists’ work. This has seen him collaborate on projects with both Apple and Google and has led him to deliver a range of related seminars to students at the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and University of Edinburgh amongst others. Christopher previously sat as Vice Chair on the European Music Council Youth Committee (2012-14) and currently serves on the board of Drake Music Scotland (2019) and the steering group for Curating Conversations Across The Arts – an AHRC Leadership project, in partnership with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, utilising IoT technologies in audience research. Most recently, he completed the Scottish Government’s 2020 Digital Champions programme, designed to give leaders the knowledge, skills and confidence to encourage innovative use of digital tools and technology across public services in Scotland.
Christopher’s five favourite things:
- My first dog, Frank (and second addition, Bailey)
- Trying out tasty new recipes for family and friends
- Punting and picnicking on the River Cam, Cambridge
- Portugese custard tarts from Pasteis de Belem, Lisbon
- Cruising the Sassagoula River to the Port Orleans French Quarter, Orlando
Rachel Hendry, Project Coordinator
Rachel joined Cryptic as Administrator in April 2016. She is responsible for project management and logistics across Cryptic’s three core programmes Cryptic Nights, Cryptic Artists and Sonica. Rachel is also Cryptic’s Green Champion, updating and implementing Cryptic’s Carbon Management Plan and ensuring it is embedded throughout the organisation. 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 is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art and is a current WASPS studio holder in Glasgow where she develops her own artistic practice working with animation, installation and printmaking.
Rachel’s five favourite things:
- Swimming at Kimilia Beach, Kefalonia
- Reading Murakami
- Cooking for friends
- Robert Rauschenberg’s costumes and set design
- Eating pinxtos and drinking Txakoli in Plaza Nueva, Bilbao
Caroline Thompson, Head of Access, Participation & Evaluation
Caroline re-joined Cryptic in 2013, having previously worked with the company on its productions of The Paper Nautilus, Optical Identity and Orlando. She has worked in the arts and cultural sector for more than 20 years, with a particular focus upon artist, participatory and organisational development, and in her current role is responsible for increasing diversity, accessibility and engagement. Data collection and analysis, research and evaluation are a key aspect of this work. 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:
- Loch Maree
- Centre Pompidou in Malaga
- Walking the South Downs Way
- The smell of rain on freshly cut grass
- A glass of chilled Jurancon in the garden of Clos Mirabel
The current Cryptic board consists of Chairperson Bob Downes (Chair, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA); Ofcom Board member; Chair, IOB Dublin & Chair, CENSIS Innovation Centre) and Directors: Donald Matheson (Journalism Student & TV Researcher); Hannah Moore (Founder, L.A. Pacific); Susan Robertson (Head of Group Reporting, Virgin Money); Ian Smith (President, European Music Council & Treasurer); Yvonne Whitehouse (Former Global Brand Controller, Edrington); Gina Wilson (Senior Legal Counsel, International & Company Secretary, KBR, Inc.) and Cathie Boyd (Founder and Artistic Director, Cryptic).