curriculum vitae

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

AWARDS

Winner                         Assembly ART 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

PLAYWRITING

Jack and the Beanstalk, Hopscotch: Schools Tour, Nov-Jan 2022/23

 

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

 

Alright Sunshine, A Play, a Pie and a Pint @Oran Mor, Jun 2022

Consumed, Scottish Mental Health Arts Commission (Audio), Aug 2021

TRASH (extract), Traverse Theatre, May 2021

Ecotone,  Making Space Festival (Audio), Mar 2021

 

World Under Water, Strange Town and Scottish Mental Health Arts, Oct 2020

Sno Wite and the Seven Dickensians, Scottish Storytelling Centre (Strange Town), Dec 2019

Daphne, or Hellfire, Pleasance (The Greenhouse), and Assembly Roxy, Aug/Nov 2019

The View from 2038: The View from Portobello, Royal Lyceum Theatre (Lyceum Youth Theatre), Nov 2018

Stressed, Traverse Theatre (Lyceum Youth Theatre), Mar 2018 

These Walls, Sweet Venues, Edinburgh Fringe, Aug 2017

BANTER, Traverse Theatre (Lyceum Youth Theatre), Mar 2017

Come Back to Bed, Fitzpatrick Theatre, Mar 2017

Lily, Corpus Playroom, Nov 2016

LEARNING TO LIVE, Espionage@ Laughing Horse Free Fringe, Aug 2015 |  Writer / Performer

ASSISTANT DIRECTING

 

The Duchess [Of Malfi] by Zinnie Harris, Royal Lyceum Theatre / Citizens, 2019 | dir. Zinnie Harris

GUT by Frances Poet , Traverse Theatre / National Theatre of Scotland, 2018 | dir. Zinnie Harris

Success by Nick Drake, Royal Lyceum Theatre (Lyceum Youth Theatre), 2017 | dir. Jordan Blackwood

Ben-Hur by Hattie Naylor, Reading Rep Theatre, 2016 | dir. Christie O’Carroll

 

DIRECTING 

            Andy McGregor   The Beacon Arts Centre                  2022

Traverse Scratch Night by various, Traverse Theatre, 2022 | Director

 

To Save the Sea by Isla Cowan & Andy McGregor, Creative Scotland: Development, 2022 | Co-Director

 

Batter Park by Andy McGregor, Beacon Arts Centre: Development, 2022 | Associate Director

 

Yes, Chef! by Laurie Ongden, Traverse Theatre: Development, 2021 | Director

Daphne, or Hellfire, Pleasance (The Greenhouse), 2019 | Director

Come Back to Bed, Fitzpatrick Theatre, Mar 2017 | Director

Lily, Corpus Playroom, Nov 2016 | Director

WORKSHOP AND TEACHING

Workshop Leader, Sustainable Theatre Practice, Framework Theatre Company, Jun 2022

 

Seminar Leader, Contemporary Dramaturgical Practices: Ecodramaturgies, University of Glasgow, Mar 2022

Workshop Leader, Ecological Methodologies Seminar, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Oct 2021

Workshop Leader, Phone Call to the World: VOICEMAIL, Scottish Youth Theatre and British Council, Jun-Sep 2021

Workshop Leader, Writing and Performing a Monologue Masterclass, University of St Andrews (Mermaids), Mar 2021

Workshop Leader, Ecological Methodologies Seminar, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Oct 2020 

Workshop Leader, Creative Writing Seminar, University of Edinburgh, Feb 2020 

Workshop Leader, Renaissance to Modern Day Dramaturgy Masterclass, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Jun 2019

Workshop Leader, Playwriting & Working with New Texts, Perth Youth Theatre, Feb 2019

Workshop Assistant, Lyceum Youth Theatre, Mar 2018 ​

Workshop Assistant, ‘Summer on Stage’, Lyceum Youth Theatre, Jul 2016

Ballet Teaching Assistant, Blackhall Ballet, 2011 - 2012:

SKILLS

BALLET:     

RAD Grade 8 (with distinction)

RAD Intermediate level

MUSIC:     

ABRSM Grade 8 Singing

ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory

EDUCATION

BA English Literature, University of Cambridge, 2014-17

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