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 most recently a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching in Further Education from the University of Dundee in 2018. Nikki began her career touring as an actor in Theatre in Education (T.I.E) for two years with Baldy Bane Theatre Company. It was during T.I.E. tours that Nikki realised the true importance and positive impact that theatre has upon young people which led to the creation of Livewire Theatre Company where she fused her passion for education, the arts and performance. Alongside running Livewire Theatre Co, Nikki was also a full time lecturer in Performing Arts at Ayrshire College for twelve years where she taught and assessed students at Higher, NC, HNC and HND level. Nikki left her teaching position in June 2019 to devote herself to the further development and growth of Livewire Theatre Company. Nikki’s primary focus at Livewire Theatre Company is to ensure that all of 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! Throughout her career, Nikki has directed over ninety performances at Further Education, Youth Theatre and Professional level, with a key highlight 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. Nikki has visited Romania and contributed to the formation of a local youth arts programme for under privileged children. Nikki also spent two weeks in Kenya in 2014 delivering drama and dance to school children and local arts enthusiasts in Nakuru, Kenya.
Jodie is an actor, musician and theatre maker from Ayrshire. Most recently she performed in Performance Collective Stranraer’s sell-out show of ‘Unsupervised Adulting’ at the Theatre Royal and Wigtown Book Festival. As well as theatre performance, Jodie is also exceptionally passionate about teaching and music. Jodie has worked as a singer-songwriter across Ayrshire and Glasgow composing and playing her own material. Jodie is a recent graduate of Ayrshire College acquiring an HND in Performing Arts and is a former student of our Artistic Director, Nikki McCabe. While studying, Jodie was given the opportunity to work on placement at Livewire Theatre Co, with her responsibilities including guest teaching, assisting and production stage management.
With Jodie having previous experience working with Livewire Theatre Co and an existing relationship with our pupils, she is very excited to join us as our newest member of the team!
Laura is a passionate dancer and teacher who started off her dance training at Anniesland College (now Glasgow Clyde College) and then moved on to study musical theatre at SLP College, Leeds. Laura began her career as part of the ensemble for Imagine Theatres pantomime production of “Cinderella” and went on to perform and travel across the world with DreamWorks onboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. It was during these contracts that Laura truly discovered her passion in working in children and family entertainment. Between her professional dance contracts, Laura was accepted for the International Student Visa Program at the renowned Broadway Dance Centre in New York City where she lived and trained with some of the world’s most renowned dance choreographers. Laura has also worked for Nickelodeon onboard Norweigian Cruise Lines and continues to train and perform with the Glasgow based dance company, Pink Acid.