Matthew Lenton, Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive
Matthew is the founder and Artistic Director of Vanishing Point. His work with Vanishing Point has been performed in over 20 countries across Europe, South America, Russia and China.
Other recent work includes The Merchant of Venice (National Theatre of Kosovo), Striptease/Out at Sea (Citizens Theatre Glasgow), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh), Mister Holgado (Unicorn Theatre, London) and Home (National Theatre of Scotland). Upcoming theatre includes Charlie Sonata (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh) in April and May and 1984, for Emilia Romagna Teatro in Modena, Italy.
In 2010, Matthew became the first British director of the Ecole des Maitres, a European director-led theatre laboratory for young actors from across Europe. The same year he directed Boy, a short film for Channel 4. He works regularly at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he sees his work with students as a crucial part of his own continued experience and as an opportunity to explore new material.
Severine Wyper, Producer and Joint Chief Executive
Severine is the Executive Producer for Vanishing Point and has worked with Matthew and the company for over 14 years. She has been instrumental part in the growth of the company from a local theatre company to an organisation that is internationally known, that has toured to over 25 countries, from Brazil to Russia. She has overseen and produced all of Vanishing Point’s main productions to date. She has worked collaboratively with prestigious co-producers, partners and festivals in UK and abroad from Edinburgh International Festival to Theatre de la Ville(Paris) to FIBA (Argentina) and established key financial investments for the company.
Severine conceived and managed the Space 11 project (2004 - 2011), an influential capacity-building, creative hub that supported emerging artists in theatre and dance through mentorship and with an office base at the heart Glasgow. This innovative project established Vanishing Point as a pioneer in creating and developing opportunities for emerging artists in Scotland. Artists included Vox Motus, Random Accomplice, Pamela Carter, David Leddy, Nick Underwood, all of whom have gone on to distinguish themselves with their own work and are regarded as established artists, organisations in the UK.
Severine is commited to supporting and mentoring other artists. She is currently on the Board of Company Chordelia and in 2014 joined the Board of Elspeth Turner’s company.
Eleanor Scott, Administrative Producer
Eleanor is an experienced arts manager. She joined Vanishing Point in 2008. She is currently the Administrative Producer for the company and through working with the company has gained extensive experience of managing and coordinating productions and tours in the U.K. and internationally. In 2014 she managed and coordinated Vanishing Points presentation of Tomorrow at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Made in Scotland Showcase. Additionally, Eleanor has managed and coordinated the work of independent artists such as Kai Fischer and Damir Todorović.
Prior to that she worked for The Space (Dundee College), co-ordinating a multi-arts education project with organisations such as Dundee Rep, Scottish Dance Theatre and Dundee Contemporary Arts.
Gillian Garrity, Associate Producer
Gill is one of Scotland’s most experienced Producers and has many years of managing, producing & touring productions both in the UK and internationally. She has produced work at major festivals both in the UK and internationally and has been responsible for securing key co-producers and financial partners for several large-scale productions.
Gill often works on an advisory basis both as mentor to artists and as a board member for other cultural organisations. She has a particular interest and history working with and supporting access within an arts context as well as supporting emergent artists She is a passionate advocate for diversity and access in the Scottish cultural sector.
Gill is currently Associate Producer with Vanishing Point, Executive Producer for Take Me Somewhere and is co-director of her own producing company Pomegranate Projects.