About the Company

Makeshift Broadcast is an ambitious emergent company, dedicated to making theatre with a strong environmental ethos that nurtures new talent and serves as a platform for professional development. We want to make professional productions showcasing the wealth of creative acting, design and producing talent in the city of Glasgow and not to be limited creatively by our size but inspired and challenged by it.

Our passion for new writing can be seen across our work. We have created work across Scotland as part of Arches Live!, Five Minute Theatre, West End Festival, Buzzcut, Anatomy and New Works New Worlds. As individuals we have created work with: BBC Scotland, National Theatre of Scotland, Scottish Refugee Week, Allotment, Magnetic North, Birds of Paradise, Nutkhut and Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Katherine Nesbitt – Artistic Director 

Katherine graduated from the Theatre Studies MA at the University of Glasgow in 2010. Directing credits include Dr. Faustus and Glasgow Theatre Uncut 2014. Her Honours directing piece, a radio adaption of Angela Carter’s The Company of Wolves was performed at the The Arches in May 2009. Her final year placement was working with Julie Brown on the Arches Christmas production of Little Red Riding Hood in 2010. She has directed (Un)Known UnknownsAttempts on Her Life and Bike for the company, as well as their NTS Five Minute Theatre work and produced Putting Words in My Mouth for Arches Live 2011.  Katherine recently completed an FST Assistant Director bursary and a national tour with Magnetic North. She is about to begin teaching workshops at the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow.

Nina Doherty – Company Producer


Nina Doherty is a producer who enjoys working in all areas of theatre production. She has worked with a wide variety of Glasgow-based theatre companies, most recently with Birds of Paradise as part of an FST producer placement. She has completed a technical lighting course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and a PGCert in Arts, Festival & Cultural Management at Queen Margaret University in 2015.

She is a founding member of Makeshift Broadcast and stage and technical managed Attempts on her Life in June 2011 and Putting Words in my Mouth at ArchesLive! 2011, then bringing the show to the Prague fringe in 2013. She production managed When the Rain Stops Falling at Tron theatre in 2015 and produces the company’s quarterly podcast.

Philippa Mannion – Associate Producer


Philippa Mannion is a theatre-maker, playwright and producer. She is a founding member of Makeshift Broadcast, and wrote [Un]Known Unknowns and Putting Words in my Mouth for the company. She is currently the Project Co-ordinator for Nutkhut, an outdoor arts company.

Philippa lives in London and works remotely with Nina and Katherine, supporting Makeshift Broadcast’s strategic planning, artistic programme and development.

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