C a t h i e   B o y d

born in Belfast and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.  As the founder, in 1994, of Cryptic, she has produced and directed all productions to date.  Her work includes numerous international collaborations and has been presented at festivals in Europe and throughout the Americas.  Her opera credits include Faust, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Simon Holt’s Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm?, Sciarrino’s Infinito Nero, and Kurtág’s Scenes from a Novel. In 2000 she produced an international festival, Beckett Time. She directed the openings of the Royal Museum of Scotland, Glasgow’s Imax Cinema and Science Centre and the Glasgow City Halls with the BBC SSO. Last year she created live interactive visuals for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s performances of Stravinsky’s The Firebird in Baltimore and Washington, with future performances in Germany and Poland in 2008.   In 2001, Cathie was made a Fellow of NESTA (National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts) to develop the visual staging of music through new technologies.  She has also been awarded Outstanding Young Person Award, Junior Chambers of Commerce 2003; European Woman of Achievement for the Arts 1999 and an Edinburgh Festival Fringe First for her production Parallel Lines in 1996.  Cathie is also on the Board of Trustees for Visiting Arts.