Gary Gardiner is a performer, director, producer and creative learning practitioner, working across a range of local and international contexts. He pioneers arts education practice and contemporary performance work including Santa: A Very Merry Businessman (5 stars); Thatcher’s Children for which he won the Arches Theatre Platform 18 Award in 2012; Dancer (4 stars), The Ballad (4 stars) and more recently In The Interest of Heath and Safety Can Patrons Kindly Supervise Their Children At All Times (5 stars).

Gary is the co-artistic director of 21Common a Glasgow-based performance collective in receipt of Regular Funding through the Dance Portfolio at Creative Scotland. 21Common embraces the notion of art as a deep dialogical process of exploration between artists, participants and audiences.

Key themes in Gary’s work are critical and creative learning; knowledge exchange; equality and human rights; democracy and social justice; gender and capitalism.