Gareth trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Contemporary Theatre Practice before becoming assistant director for some of the UK most exciting companies and practitioners including National Theatre of Scotland, Citizens Theatre (Glasgow), Campo (Belgium), Quarrentine (Manchester), Royal Lyceum (Edinburgh) and Suspect Culture (Glasgow). After this he won the Arches Platform 18 New Directors Award and began making and touring his own studio work across Scotland before undertaking numerous long term posts with National Theatre of Scotland, Imaginate International Childrens Festival and the Citizens Theatre where he began making larger scale work as Main Stage Director in Residence.


  • Ulster American by David Ireland, Traverse Theatre, Aug 2018 (Onward tour to Adelaide Festival, Auckland Festival, Abbey Theatre, Lyric Belfast in Spring 2019) FRINGE FIRST WINNER, CAROL TAMBOUR BEST OF EDINBURGH WINNER

  • Arctic Oil by Clare Duffy, Traverse Theatre, Oct 2018

  • How To Disappear by Morna Pearson, Traverse Theatre, Dec 2017

  • Letters To Morrissey by Gary McNair, Traverse Theatre, Aug 2017 (Toured to Home Theatre, Manchester Sept 2017) FRINGE FIRST WINNER

  • God of Carnage by Yamina Raiza, The Tron Theatre. March 2017

  • Coriolanus by Shakespeare, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Jan 2017

  • Burial At Thebes by Seamus Heany, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Oct 2016

  • Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh, Citizens Main Stage, Sept 2016 (Remounted Citizens Theatre and Edinburgh Kings Theatre, Oct 2017)

  • Prom by Oliver Emanuel, Play Pie and a Pint / Traverse, March 2016

  • Blackbird by David Harrower, Citizens Main Stage, Feb 2016

  • Tis Pity She’s A Whore by John Ford, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Jan 2016

  • A Gamblers Guide To Dying by Gary McNair, Show & Tell / Traverse Festival. Aug 2015 (UK & International Tour throughout 2016 including Adelaide Fringe Festival, New York run at 59 East 59 and Spoleto Festival South Carolina). FRINGE FIRST WINNER,

  • Donald Robertson Is Not A Stand-up Comedian by Gary McNair, Traverse Festival, Aug 2014, Winner of SCOTTISH ARTS CLUB, Toured UK Spring 2016)

  • Vanya by Sam Holcroft (After Chekov) Citizens Studio Theatre, Nov 2015

  • Moby Dick adapted by JC Marshal, Play, Pie & Pint / Byre Theatre, June 2015

  • Into That Darkness by Gitta Sereny, Citizens Main Stage, May 2015. 

  • The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot by Oliver EmmanuelMacrobert Arts Centre,Dec 2013 (remounted Dec 2014 for The Arches)

  • The Tin Forest, National Theatre Of Scotland, June 2014

  • Under Milk Wood By Dylan Thomas, The Tron Theatre, June 2014

  • Voices From The Black That I Am by Karl O’Brian WilliamsPlay, Pie & Pint / National Theatre of Scotland, April 2014

  • Educating Ronnie by Gareth Nicholls & Joe Douglas,Macrobert / Utter / High Tide, Aug 2012 Edinburgh festival, (UK tours Autumn 2013 & Autumn 2014) FRINGE FIRST WINNER



  • Interim Artistic Director Traverse Theatre Nov 2018 -

  • Associate Director Traverse Theatre May 2017 -

  • Citizens Main Stage Director In Residence Aug 2014 – Dec 2016. A unique new residency working throughout the Citizens Theatre developing Contemporary productions of large-scale classic and contemporary plays.

  • Imaginate / Macrobert Art Centre Artist In Residence, Aug 2011 – Aug 2012Focused on the development and production of new work for teenage audiences

  • National Theatre of Scotland Emerging Artist, June 2008 – 2009, working throughout the company to develop as a director and theatre maker.

  • Company Of Angels, 2012 - 14 (now Boundless Theatre) Associate Artist 2012-14



From 2012 - 2017 Gareth was Co-Artistic Director of New Work company Utter alongside Joe Douglas and producer Sarah Gray. Utter is dedicated to developing and touring exhilarating story-led new work – from large theatres to village pubs – that make our audiences feel, think and experience the world in a new light. 


Four Fringe First Awards

  • Ulster American by David Ireland 2018

  • Letters To Morrissey by Gary McNair 2017

  • A Gamblers Guide To Dying by Gary McNair 2015

  • Educating Ronnie by Joe Douglas 2012

Carol Tambour Best of Edinburgh Award 2018 for Ulster American

Scottish Arts Club Award 2014 for Donald Robertson Is Not A Stand Up Comedian

Holden Street Theatre Award for A Gamblers Guide to Dying