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curriculum vitae

For a more comprehensive CV, please email islacowan [at] hotmail [dot] co [dot] uk 


Winner                         Assembly ART Award                      2022

Shortlist                       Filipa Bragança Award                     2022

Shortlist                        St Andrews Playwriting Award      2022

Winner                         Alpine Fellowship Theatre Prize     2021

Shortlist                        Phil Fox Award                                   2020

Top 100                        Verity Bargate Award                        2020


And... And... And... , Strange Town Touring Company: Schools Tour & Traverse Theatre

To the Bone, Pitlochry Festival Theatre


Jack and the Beanstalk, Hopscotch: Schools Tour


She Wolf , Assembly Festivals: Assembly Roxy (Winner of 2022 Assembly ART Award) | Writer/Performer


Alright Sunshine, A Play, a Pie and a Pint @Oran Mor

Consumed, Scottish Mental Health Arts Commission (Audio)

TRASH (extract), Traverse Theatre: Scratch Night

Ecotone,  Making Space Festival (Audio)


World Under Water, Strange Town and Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

Sno Wite and the Seven Dickensians, Scottish Storytelling Centre (Strange Town Youth Theatre)

Daphne, or Hellfire, Pleasance (The Greenhouse), Assembly Roxy 

The View from 2038: The View from Portobello, Royal Lyceum Theatre (Lyceum Youth Theatre)

Stressed, Traverse Theatre (Lyceum Youth Theatre)

These Walls, Sweet Venues, Edinburgh Fringe

BANTER, Traverse Theatre (Lyceum Youth Theatre)

Come Back to Bed, Fitzpatrick Theatre

Lily, Corpus Playroom

LEARNING TO LIVE, Espionage@ Laughing Horse Free Fringe |  Writer / Performer


Kidnapped by Isobel McArthur, National Theatre of Scotland | dir. Gareth Nicholls & Isobel McArthur




The Duchess [Of Malfi] by Zinnie Harris, Royal Lyceum Theatre / Citizens | dir. Zinnie Harris

GUT by Frances Poet , Traverse Theatre / National Theatre of Scotland | dir. Zinnie Harris

Success by Nick Drake, Royal Lyceum Theatre (Lyceum Youth Theatre) | dir. Jordan Blackwood

Ben-Hur by Hattie Naylor, Reading Rep Theatre | dir. Christie O’Carroll



            Andy McGregor   The Beacon Arts Centre                  2022

Traverse Scratch Night by various, Traverse Theatre | Director


To Save the Sea by Isla Cowan & Andy McGregor, Creative Scotland: Development | Co-Director


Batter Park by Andy McGregor, Beacon Arts Centre: Development | Associate Director & Dramaturg


Yes, Chef! by Laurie Ongden, Traverse Theatre: Development | Director

Daphne, or Hellfire, Pleasance (The Greenhouse) | Director

Come Back to Bed, Fitzpatrick Theatre | Director

Lily, Corpus Playroom | Director


Workshop Leader, Sustainable Theatre Practice, Framework Theatre Company


Seminar Leader, Contemporary Dramaturgical Practices: Ecodramaturgies, University of Glasgow

Workshop Leader, Ecological Methodologies Seminar, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Workshop Leader, Phone Call to the World: VOICEMAIL, Scottish Youth Theatre and British Council

Workshop Leader, Writing and Performing a Monologue Masterclass, University of St Andrews (Mermaids)

Workshop Leader, Ecological Methodologies Seminar, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Workshop Leader, Creative Writing Seminar, University of Edinburgh

Workshop Leader, Renaissance to Modern Day Dramaturgy Masterclass, Royal Lyceum Theatre

Workshop Leader, Playwriting & Working with New Texts, Perth Youth Theatre

Workshop Assistant, ‘Summer on Stage’, Lyceum Youth Theatre

Ballet Teaching Assistant, Blackhall Ballet



RAD Grade 8 (with distinction)

RAD Intermediate level


ABRSM Grade 8 Singing

ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory


BA English Literature, University of Cambridge, 2014-17

MLitt Writing for Performance, University of St Andrews, 2017-18

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