I have been working in education for over ten years and have experience in workshop facilitation, tutoring, writing mentoring and lecturing up to MA level. I facilitate sessions in screenwriting, creative writing and spoken word poetry for a wide range of ages and abilities.
“Cat Hepburn has a way of addressing issues that affect today’s young women in such a head-on, bold way and delivers her message with such warmth and compassion that she reaches out to the most disengaged and alienated girls” (C. Duggan – teacher and playwright)
Places I have taught:
University of the West of Scotland, University of Glasgow, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Scottish Book Trust, Glasgow Life, Scottish Youth Theatre, Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre, Migrant Voices, Possibilities for Each and Every Kid, The Village Storytelling Centre, Castlehead High, Mariner Support Project, The High School of Glasgow, West Lothian Council, Stirling Council, New Rhythms For Glasgow, The Bold Collective, Scottish Parliament, Parikrma Humanity Foundation (India).
Fringe In Schools (2020) – a programme bringing plays that were on at the Edinburgh Fringe to schools.
Words That Burn – Amnesty International (2020) Delivered spoken word workshops to S1’s, leading to a multi-school poetry slam.
Voice It Out – Lornshill Academy (2020) – A series of workshops with S2’s leading up to a poetry slam.
Gallowhill All Stars (2020) – Spoken word artist and scriptwriter for a devised short live action- animated film with P7’s about their transition to High School.
Word of Mouth – Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre/ Sonnet Youth (2015 – 2020) Co-host, writing mentor and co-director of a showcase of emerging spoken word pieces written and performed by young people, alongside professional artists.
Book Week Scotland Roadshow – Scottish Book Trust (2019) Week-long country-wide tour delivering workshops in spoken word by doing readings from my play and book #GIRLHOOD for ages 15 – 30.
Women of Their Time (2019) Led 10 sessions with a group of women to create a script exploring the lives of women from the past. Inspired by a previous project that they had undertaken to create scarves about the historical women’s lives.
Course Leader – University of the West of Scotland (2015 – 2019) Produced and delivered an Introduction to Scriptwriting module for the MA students, and facilitated spoken word lessons.
Creating and Staging Autobiographical Spoken Word – Sonnet Youth (2019 – 2020) Co-facilitated a series of spoken word workshops for 14+ with award-winning choreographer Lucy Wild, as part of our thick skin, elastic heart touring spoken word theatre production package, at venues such as Traverse Theatre and Platform.
Creating Autobiographical Spoken Word – Prince’s Trust (2019) Delivered a series of workshops for the Young Ambassadors, helping them to develop their own fascinating and individual journeys into spoken word pieces.
Spoken Word Workshop Series – Scottish Youth Theatre (2019) Delivered a series of workshops for primary and teens, encouraging participants to explore voice, movement and acting in a spirit of play and inclusivity, through the medium of spoken word.
Wired – PEEK (2018) Directed and facilitated the creation of the script for devised theatre piece for young people from Possibilities for Each and Every Kid. Performance at Scottish Youth Theatre.
Breakthrough – PEEK (2017) Worked with multiple groups of young people over 12 weeks, including a Primary 6 group and a community group, delivering issue based sessions on puberty and growing up. Culminated in a final performance of spoken word dance about feminism and a mini-library of hand-bound books about the participants’ lives.
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2013- 2016) Guest tutor, writing mentor and script editor for Acting for Camera, Digital Film and TV students (Summer School and 3rd years), in collaboration with Shooters Films.
Fantastic news! Orgs can apply for FULL FUNDING to book me for a remote session/s via the Scottish Book Trust.
I could do a workshop; a poetry reading; a podcast or local radio appearance; a short written resource or community engagement.
If you would like to book me for a workshop or if you have any enquiries about pricing etc, then please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org