Global Development Opportunities for Leaders Working in Arts, Screen, and Creative Sectors

ICE Archive: 2011/2012 – Paul Fitzpatrick

“It was definitely the opportunity to go and work in a different country, a different culture, that first made me interested in ICE.  When I found out that one of the potential countries was India, I decided that I had to apply as I have been interested in finding out more about India since I first visited in 2006.  I didn’t know much about the other elements of the programme, but the peer support through the Action Learning set and the mentoring has been invaluable.”


Paul Fitzpatrick is the producer for Catherine Wheels Theatre Company and has been producing theatre in Scotland since 1996. With Catherine Wheels he specialises in producing theatre for children and young people, and is committed to developing the profile and practice of theatre for young audiences at home and internationally.

His professional activity is varied. On a management level he is joint chief executive officer and takes the lead in financial management, development, fundraising, compliance and governance.

On the creative level he works with the artistic director developing the artistic vision for the company and putting together the artistic programme. In the creative process he acts as a dramaturg – an outside eye helping to shape and edit the work as it progresses. When work has been made he finds opportunities to develop an on-going life for the piece.

Paul was initially hosted by Weavers Studio in Kolkata, India where he also spent time with other organisations engaged in social entrepreneurship.

About Paul’s mentor

Baroness Genista McIntosh has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company as Casting Director, Planning Controller, Senior Administrator and as Associate Producer. She has also been Executive Director of the Royal National Theatre and Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House. In 1999 she was raised to the peerage as Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall, of Hampstead in the London Borough of Camden and has since acted as Deputy Chairman of Committees and Deputy Speaker at the House of Lords. She sits on the boards of the Roundhouse Trust, National Opera Studio, Southbank Sinfonia and Royal Shakespeare Company.