Graduating in 2018 at the University of Sunderland with a BA (Hons) in Drama, Jamie Lee worked as a Freelance Drama tutor within the community arts sector for eight years. Working with various companies such as Impact Arts, NU Communities, Parkhead Youth Project, North Lanarkshire Council and Vivace Theatre School, Jamie Lee’s passion for inspiring confidence in young people is evident in her participant-led approach.
Coming from the East End of Glasgow, she has dedicated her practice to ensure that the old adage “life’s not fair” changes and that everyone gets a fair shot at doing what they are passionate about.
As of September 2022, Jamie Lee has been a distanced learning student at at Oxford Brookes University studying an MA (education) Youth and Childhood studies, with the aspiration to study a PhD looking into the effect of peer support on young people who have experienced trauma.
Jamie Lee also has an interest in technical theatre and in another life would have been a lighting designer. Her love of the theatre has her attending local theatres alongside the occasional travel to London to see a bigger show. Her favourite time of year is the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Outwith theatre, Jamie Lee’s interest lies in nature, swords, castles, archery and all things geeky.
As one of the Transitions Coordinators, Jamie Lee’s role is student support, recruitment and budgeting. Transitions is a programme which falls under the Fair Access branch of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and works on developing young people and give them the opportunity to build on their skills through the junior Conservatoire programme. Transitions funds the young people through their journey offering opportunities to work with staff, see live performances and attend workshops such as auction prep to help them get to Conservatoire standard. Transitions works with young people who are care experienced, estranged or from an SIMD20 area.
Jamie Lee’s key interest lies in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and trauma. Building and developing a trauma informed student support programme has been one of her main goals for the Transitions programme.
Jamie Lee is also a student coach and assists participants in realising their potential and achieving their goals. Using a non-hierarchal structure, a coach’s responsibility is to help participants help themselves. She creates a safe and non judgemental space that allows participants to develop their skills and achieve the goals that they set. Jamie Lee enjoys working alongside participants to help them create a toolkit of skills that allow them to grow and develop as they progress through their coach journey.