Mairéad Garland

Digital and Virtual Partner

Mairéad graduated from the University of Surrey with a degree in Theatre and Performance, where she performed in plays, assistant-directed a production of Animal Farm and was a part of the Theatre and Improvisation society. After University, Mairéad worked as a Stage Manager for a show devised by fellow graduates at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Since then, Mairéad has worked as a freelancer for an Artists’ Company working in interactive media. She has worked on a range of projects including immersive theatre, a live interactive feature film, a Museum app and a parade in Philadelphia.

Mairéad specifically focused her dissertation on looking into the new levels of interactivity and participation found within Digital Storytelling and has continued to have an interest in interactivity and participation within Theatre. She is excited to continue to explore this use of participation within drama at Steps and to work across disciplines, specifically the use of media as another form to inspire behavioural change.


About Mairéad Garland

Most embarrassing moment?

I was on a trial shift for a waitress job at a local tearoom and a group of eight guys came in for fry-ups. I carried two breakfasts out and the entire Full-English slipped off the plate and onto this guy’s lap as I went to put them on the table. Surprisingly, I still got the job and my trial went down as a benchmark for bad trial shifts after that!

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A nurse but one day I almost fainted at the sight of some blood and quickly changed my mind.

If I could travel anywhere in the world it would be...

Ireland – a home away from home.