Nina Russell


My Centrestage journey started with the very first rehearsal of the Gospel & Soul Choir back in June 2006 when the theatre in James Little St opened it’s doors to the community.

Inspired by the energy and ethos of the place, I volunteered with scenic painting and prop making, and was involved with many shows over the next 5 years. In February 2012 I became an employee, delivering art and design workshops in HMP Kilmarnock, our hub in King Street and later our John Finnie Street premises. Silkscreen printing became a favourite activity with our participants, and in 2013, a t-shirt for Les Miserables became our first Enterprise product. Since then I’ve had the privilege to head up Enterprise, and now as we transition to our new space in Centrestage Village, I couldn’t be more excited to see what the future holds.

As an employer Centrestage views challenges as opportunities and actively encourages the personal development and wellbeing of it’s employees. For me, singing in the Gospel & Soul choir on a Friday remains the best way to end the week. It is an absolute joy, and taking part has built my skills and confidence, leading to other musical opportunities. Like all of Centrestage it is open to everyone. A place where community thrives and friendships are forged for life.