Nikki McCabe founded Livewire Theatre Company in 2006 and has seen it grow into a successful and thriving theatre school for children of all ages and levels of ability. Nikki is highly experienced in both performing and teaching. Nikki graduated with a BA honours degree in Drama from the University of Sunderland in 2005 and went on to tour as an actor in Theatre in Education for two years with Baldy Bane Theatre Company. It was during T.I.E. tours that Nikki truly discovered her passion for making the arts more accessible to young people which led to the creation of Livewire Theatre Company. Nikki devotes herself to ensuring that all of her pupils receive a high quality learning experience, encouraging creative development and embedding vital transferable skills such as confidence, communication skills and self-assurance, which she believes ultimately prepare pupils for the performance of life! Nikki is also a permanent performing arts lecturer at Ayrshire College (formerly Ayr College) where she has been training and assessing HNC & HND Acting & Performance students since 2007. Throughout her career, Nikki has directed over eighty performances at Further Education, Youth Theatre and Professional level, with one of the highlights being staging a performance of Angels by Pauline McLynn at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh. Nikki is heavily involved in charity work and combines this with her love of the arts. With the support of Livewire Theatre Co pupils, Nikki visited Romania and helped form a youth club with a strong emphasis on drama and dance for under privileged children. Nikki also spent two weeks delivering drama to under privileged children and local arts enthusiasts in Kenya in the summer of 2014 and looks forward to continuing work of a similar nature in the near future.
Cassidy joined Livewire Theatre Co as a pupil aged ten years old where she trained in Drama, Musical Theatre and Street Dance for nine years. Cassidy enjoyed developing her onstage skills whilst performing many leading roles in the Livewire Theatre Co performances at The Palace Theatre. Cassidy’s passion, dedication and talent in performing was recognised as was her enthusiasm for helping others as she coached and inspired younger pupils which led to her becoming a teacher on the weekly theatre and street dance programmes. Alongside her teaching role at Livewire Theatre Co, Cassidy is a degree student in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Glasgow and in addition has continued to develop her love of theatre and performance as a valued member of Kilmarnock Amateur Operatic Society (KAOS). Cassidy’s recent performances include principal roles such as Amber Von Tussel in ‘Hairspray’, Yvonne in ‘Sunshine on Leith’ and Carmen Diaz in ‘Fame’. Having experienced first-hand how Livewire Theatre Co instills self-confidence as well as a rounded knowledge in performing arts, Cassidy has reveled in the opportunity to pass her knowledge and experience on to pupils as a teacher herself. She has been teaching with the company since August 2016 and has since developed a great rapport with pupils and parents.
Gemma joined Livewire Theatre Co as a pupil in Drama, Musical Theatre and Street Dance aged nine years old and continued training for seven years which greatly developed her confidence and sparked a passion for theatre. Gemma was also able to develop onstage skills and gain a further insight into theatre whilst performing in Livewire Theatre Co. performances at The Palace Theatre. Aged thirteen Gemma began assisting with junior Livewire classes, building up her ability and skill in working with younger children, which led to her taking a leading role in weekly classes. After leaving school in 2016 Gemma spent six months travelling, which included a two month trip to Thailand where she delivered English lessons to local children and introduced drama influenced games to schools, inspired by her time at Livewire. In March 2017, Gemma returned to Livewire Theatre Co as a Drama and Dance Assistant and looks forward to continuing to build relationships with parents and pupils, as well as having the opportunity to pass on the greatly valued experiences, knowledge and attributes she has gained through Livewire Theatre Co and overseas teaching experiences.
Catriona has been participating in Youth Theatre classes since the age of eight where she recognised her passion and enthusiasm for performing arts. She has been involved in numerous musical productions including Grease, We Will Rock You, and Les Miserables, and progressed on to study HNC and HND Acting and Performance at Ayrshire College after leaving school in 2015. During this time Catriona has played leading roles in numerous college productions including Trojan Barbie and Buckets. Catriona is very much involved in the local arts scene, and recently performed in the ‘Burns an’ a’ That’ Festival, and with Ayr Amateur Operatic Society in their production of 42nd Street. Catriona has also been a keen dancer from the age of four and has participated in weekly classes in ballet, tap, and jazz. Alongside her work at Livewire Theatre Co, Catriona also assists Drama, Musical Theatre and dance classes as various other arts organisations in Ayrshire where she has developed her passion, confidence and leadership skills in working with children.