What I Do Series: Caitlin Gleeson

What I Do Series: Caitlin Gleeson

Have you ever considered a career in theatre but asked, what can I do? or what roles are available? Find out in our new What I Do series!

The theatre is a very exciting and creative place to work with an extensive array of possible career choices open to you.

Here at the Octagon there are lots of team members that work behind the scenes and we will be highlighting some of their roles in our new blog series What I Do

Each week we speak to a different member of our Octagon team who will give you a fascinating insight in to their position here at the Octagon and what they enjoy most about their role.

This week we speak to Caitlin Gleeson who is the ReAct Producer in our Creative Engagement team

What does your role entail?

I look after ReAct – a programme of work for over 50s including new opportunities to design and create arts activities, and regular Dementia Friendly performances. 

How long have you been in this role at the Octagon?

Six months 

Did you undertake any specific training/get any specific qualifications to help you in this role? 

I have an MA in Theatre and Performance (Applied Theatre) which I really enjoyed doing, but to be honest the best learning for jobs like this is working on lots of different projects – you don’t necessarily need a degree!

What’s a highlight of your job? 

It’s hard to pick one! I’d have to say the people I work with – both colleagues at the Octagon and the over 50s that I work with are incredible 

Do you have a favourite production you’ve seen at the Octagon? 

I loved Treasure Island – the songs were genius and the young company were so good! I was a little bit obsessed with the cheese song for a while. 

Do you have a favourite production you’ve seen/been involved with at another venue? 

Something that sticks out is Hot Brown Honey, which I saw at HOME a couple of years ago. It was a beautiful, funny mash up of song, dance, spoken word and acrobatics that explored the experiences of women of colour in a really disruptive and empowering way.  

Can you tell us about something particularly memorable that has happened to you at the Octagon?  

Once I went to a meeting that, unbeknownst to me, was actually an interview on live radio. I’d never been on the radio before so I think it went quite well, considering!