Malcolm McGivan

Vice Chair of DanceXchange

Malcolm’s freelance work is focused on creative writing and performance projects, as well as English skills, for Birmingham schools and community venues. He has worked extensively in the English department of Bournville School and was involved for several years in literacy development at Harborne Academy.

In 2009, he set up Rowheath Drama Workshop in Birmingham, an adult group which meets on a weekly basis and with whom he has directed four Showcases, as well as Murder Mysteries!

Educated at Bristol Cathedral School, Malcolm studied drama and dance at Dartington College of Arts before qualifying as a teacher at Rolle College of Education, under the auspices of the University of Exeter.

Initially, he worked as a teacher in Berkshire, before joining the team of actors and drama teachers at the Dovecot Arts Centre in Stockton-on-Tees. He introduced contemporary dance into the centre’s programme of classes and professional performances. Malcolm was a member of Northern Arts’ music panel, with responsibility for the development of a new dance policy. He was also Radio Tees’ theatre correspondent.

In 1979 Malcolm joined West Midlands Arts as Press and Public Relations Officer, where he was responsible for media relations and publications, editing seventy issues of Arts Report, a newspaper covering the arts throughout the West Midlands. He was a regular contributor to BBC Radio Birmingham.

In 1989 Malcolm took up the post of Editorial Manager at SP Publishing Ltd, a Birmingham company producing ‘designer’ social stationery and gifts for chain and independent stores, as well as major charities. As a development, in 1995 he set up and was MD of Summer Lane Pictures Ltd, a licensing agency seeking commercial outlets for work by artists and designers. In 2001, he felt the time was right to return to teaching.