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Central Standard Theatre is celebrating three incredible British women at the top of their game.  Actresses, Artists and Advocates, these women bring a world of talent reaching from performance to Arts Advocacy to Women’s and Human Rights.


“I always imagined this program to be more than just another theatre festival,” says Bob Paisley, CST Director.  “I envisioned this as equal parts performing arts and cultural exchange.  Though we may be divided by a common language, there are many important stories that we can share both onstage and off.”


Rebecca Vaughan

Performer / Writer / Producer

St. Albans, England


Rebecca trained at ALRA following a degree in English Literature at Cardiff University, continuing her training in physical theatre with Sachi Kimura (student of Philippe Gaulier). Finding herself increasingly interested in theatre-making, she became General Manager for Guy Masterson's Theatre Tours International, learning the art of theatre producing to run alongside performance work, founding Dyad Productions in 2009.


For Dyad, as writer & performer: A Room of One's Own, Christmas Gothic, I, Elizabeth, Female Gothic, Austen's Women. Performer: Orlando, Jane Eyre: An Autobiography, Dalloway, The Diaries of Adam & Eve. She also produced The Time Machine and The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe for Dyad both at the Edinburgh Festival and their subsequent UK & international tours.

For more information, visit Dyad Productions


Maggie Lennon

Director, Bridges Programmes

Glasgow, Scotland


Maggie Lennon is Founder and Director of the Bridges Programmes which since 2002 has been promoting the social and economic integration of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in Scotland. The charity is recognised as an example of best practice in integration in the UK and Europe, and she has worked extensively across Europe on these issues. 


She is a regular speaker at international conferences and seminars and has given evidence to several parliamentary committees on asylum and refugee issues and is a member of Human Rights Consortium Scotland.  A committed advocate for equality and human rights. She is a member of the National Committee for Women for Independence, where she has worked on a campaign to halt the building of a super prison and to reduce the prison population of women in Scotland. 


She is a former print journalist: editor of the Weekend Scotsman, and occasional broadcaster: weekend news anchor for digital TV channel Broadcasting Scotland until recently and an occasional blogger.   She has been recognised by the Open University for her contribution to the educational, social and cultural life in Scotland with the conferring of an honorary degree.


Emily Carding

Performer / Writer / Artist

St. Leonards, England


Emily Carding is a professional actor, writer and artist living by the sea in beautiful East Sussex. They are a solo parent to a teenage gothspring who was once an adorable faery child and possibly still is somewhere under all the hoodies and grunting.


They are also the creator of The Transparent Tarot, The Tarot of the Sidhe and The Simple Wisdom of the Household Dog for Schiffer Books and author of Faery Craft, So Potent Art: The Magic of Shakespeare and Seeking Faery for Llewellyn publishing as well as multiple essays for anthologies on various esoteric, mythical and mystical subjects.


Emily holds a BA (hons) in Theatre Arts from Bretton Hall and an MFA in Staging Shakespeare from the University of Exeter. They have now appeared in versions of 24 of Shakespeare’s plays on stage and screen and won multiple awards for their innovative approach to Shakespearean performance.


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