About Us

Rapture is one of Scotland’s leading touring theatre companies. Our mission is to create exhilarating world class theatre, with audience engagement, experience and enjoyment at its heart.

Uncle Varick 2014 cast in rehearsal

Who We Are

Michael Emans

Artistic Director

Michael is one of the founders and artistic directors of Rapture Theatre. His roles within the company are wide and varied, ranging from associate producer and director, to delivering education workshops.

In his main role as artistic director, Michael is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Rapture’s artistic vison and programming – from selecting the plays, to auditioning actors and recruiting the creative production team, to setting performance programmes and overseeing all aspects of the season’s schedule.

Michael believes theatre is a powerful social, cultural, and educational medium and should be available to everyone through access at their local venues.

Michael trained at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama.

In his training at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, Michael received a BA Hons in Theatre Directing, and spent his third year assisting Patrick Sandford at the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton working on a range of work from classic Tom Stoppard to new writing to Panto!

After leaving drama school Michael assisted Mark Thomson at the Royal Lyceum Theatre for a season. Michael has also directed at the Oran Mor with the winner of the Orange Playwriting Award, “Magnum Opus” and the acclaimed “Burns on the Solway”.

Other previous theatre includes: Over the Mountain by Roy Williams (Creek Road Studio Theatre), Tom Jones (Lillian Bayliss Theatre), The Finishing School by Claire Luckham (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton).

For Rapture Theatre, Michael has directed: Death and the Maiden, The Dumb Waiter, Some Kind of Love Story, Shadowlands, Taking Sides, Clara, An Evening with Gary Lineker, Boys’ Life, Grace, Death of a Salesman, A Kind of Alaska, Habeas Corpus, Rat in the Skull, Oleanna, Macbeth, Perfect Days, Bold Girls, Shang-a-Lang, Assassins, Betrayal, Mr. Peters’ Connections, Insignificance, Speed the Plow, Simpatico, Boy Gets Girl, Your Turn to Clean the Stair, The Old Neighborhood, The Sailmaker, Richard III, Double Top, Boston Marriage, Twisted, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Proof, Misery, Blue/Orange, Damages, The Collection, Frozen, Broken Glass, Shining City, Betrayal 2008, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Hamlet, Gagarin Way, The Sash, The Collection, Shang-a-Lang 2013, Uncle Varick., All My Sons , The Last Yankee , Democracy, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf , A Streetcar Named Desire, The Ten Pound Look, The Browning Version , A Kind of Alaska ( 2019) , The Red Lion and Clybourne Park.

Lyn McAndrew

Co-Artistic Director

Lyn is co-founder and artistic director of Rapture Theatre. Along with Michael Emans she is responsible for ensuring the artist mission and vision of Rapture Theatre.

Her academic background in language and literature is the basis for Rapture’s education projects and her extensive research experience provides the company with insight and support in areas such as marketing, audience development and analysing trends relating to theatre attendance and participation.

Lyn is also an accomplished actor and designer and has both acted in and designed several of Rapture’s productions.

Trained: Edinburgh University, Strathclyde University

Acting Credits
For Rapture: All My Sons, Macbeth, Perfect Days, Shang-a-Lang, Assassins, Betrayal, Bold Girls, Speed the Plow, Simpatico, Boy Gets Girl, Richard III, Boston Marriage, Twisted, Proof and Hamlet.

Theatre Includes: The High School, The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil, A Night in the Ukraine, Teechers, The Steamie, Men Should Weep, The Cemetery Club, The London Vertigo, The Orchestra and Play it Again Sam.

Designer Credits

For Rapture Theatre as designer: Macbeth, Perfect Days, Assassins, Insignificance, Simpatico, Old Neighborhood, Richard III, Boston Marriage, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Proof, Misery, Blue/Orange, Damages,The Collection, Broken Glass, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Hamlet, Gagarin Way and The Sash.

Christina Cox

Project Co-ordinator

Christina is a freelance artist and arts project co-ordinator. She has worked for Rapture since 2014.

Her role involves ensuring a strategic education plan is in place for each of Rapture’s productions and providing a link between the company, the tour venues and any partner organizations involved in the projects.

She is also responsible for all in-house design and has produced the print and digital artwork for all of Rapture’s past productions since joining the company. Other roles also include marketing, PR and in-house photographer.

About the Company

Rapture is 21 this year and, like many 21-year olds, we feel as if we are only at the start of our journey!

We are leaders in touring world class theatre right into the heart of local communities and inspiring audiences across Scotland.

We create exhilarating performances of prescient classic drama and timeless modern plays that are compelling, vibrant and transformative.

We connect with audiences in venues from small village halls to big city theatres, by pioneering new ways of touring that remove geographical, financial and social barriers to attendance and participation.

We devise educational and participative activities that enable our audiences to form deeper connections with our work, while inspiring them to further their own personal creative practices and ambitions

On our 21st birthday, we raise a glass to salute our generous funders, our fantastic network of venues and most importantly our loyal, enthusiastic, and passionate audiences. Here’s to you all!

Working with Us

Venues & Promoters

One of our main objectives as a touring theatre company is to reach audiences across the width and breadth of Scotland and beyond. We have toured to many small, medium and large-scaled venues to date and are eager to continue this in venues and locations we have yet to visit. We strive to provide universal appeal in the productions we tour and believe our shows have something for everyone.

If you would be interested in Rapture performing at your venue, please contact us. We would love to hear from you. To find out where we have toured previously, please see our Venues page.

Rapture is a member of the Federation of Scottish Theatre and ​The Independent Theatre Council

 

For Artists

Casting 

Rapture works with UK Wide Casting Directors Jenkins / McShane to assemble exceptional performers for the company’s productions. If you are interested in appearing in a Rapture show, please contact Jenkins McShane in the first instance. 

Other Creatives and Personnel 

If you are interested in working with Rapture in another capacity you are welcome to submit your CV and / or portfolio. Rapture works with a range of creative individuals and welcomes submissions at any time. 

Equalities Diversity and Inclusion 

A copy of our EDI Policy can be provided upon request.

 

Education & Community

Rapture Theatre is continually developing its Education & Community programme to ensure a relevant and sustainable approach to learning and skills-building, through creative participation. Projects vary from production to production but are always tailored to support and enhance the company’s work.

When developing our projects, we regularly work with partner organisations, from local authority education departments to local community amateur dramatic groups. Projects include workshops, digital learning resources and pre and post-show discussions, all providing opportunities for participants to create and take part in theatrical experiences.

Our previous partnerships have included:

Schools, Colleges and Universities
  • North Lanarkshire Council Education and Families
  • St Andrews University
  • Edinburgh College
Community Organisations
  • Show Racism the Red Card
  • See Me
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Learning Later in Life
  • Sense over Sectarianism
  • Scottish Association for Mental Health
  • Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

We have a broad range of production-specific learning resources to explore. These resources can be downloaded from the relevant production pages.

 

Our Supporters

Our work is only possible through the support of many people and organisations. Just some of those who support us regularly include: