About Our Founder

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Mary-Beth McFern trained at Musselburgh's own Queen Margaret University (QMU), between 2014 and 2018, graduating with a BA (Hons) Degree in Drama and Performance. In 2016, she won two prestigious awards, Strives Young Volunteer of The Year and Her Majesty’s Jubilee Youth Award for her work in youth theatre. Mary-Beth is an advocate for community youth theatre across East Lothian. She started her youth theatre journey with Brunton Seniors when in her early teens and volunteered as an assistant tutor to the Haddington ELYT classes. Specialising in acting and performance she has had her fair share of performance opportunities both on stage and screen. She appeared in BBC1's Waterloo Road, River City, Murder and One of Us. She also represented Scotland along with other young performers in the National Theatre of Scotland’s International Tin Forrest Festival in 2014. She also has experience of performing in the Edinburgh Fringe festival 2 years running with shows created by the theatre company formally known as Scratch The Surface where she was creative director. She is currently the drama specialist in residence at Pinkie St Peters Primary School, Tutor of Ormiston’s East Lothian Youth Theatre class and Edinburgh Youth Theatres Pre-School workshop leader.


She is currently the Creative Director of her own theatre company MB. Arts which is in the early stages of its launch. 


In 2018, she was involved in the Lammermuir festival, working alongside McOpera and facilitated workshops for McOpera to the primary five pupils of Dunbar Primary School to create creative materials to influence a community opera for the community of Dunbar. An Cadal Trom which was performed September 2018 in Dunbar's Parish Church. 


With an enthusiastic and energetic outlook. Mary-Beth hopes to use her experience and degree to share knowledge of the industry with our young people and provide a creative space for their exploration and development within their own community.


Mary-Beth McFern 

Creative Director and Founder of 


  • Favourite Food: Mums homeade Greedy Guts Pasta (Carbonara)

  • Favourite Colour: Pink

  • Favourite Film: 'The Princess Bride'

  • Favourite Book: 'The Twits' by Roahl Dahl

  • Favourite Play: 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie'

  • Favourite Friends Episode: "The one with Ross's Teeth"

  • Favourite Quote:

"Every child is born with the capacity to make positive contributions to society. Sometimes it takes

the arts to ignite that spark."