We are very excited to present to you our new ESAF 16/17 Team made up of old and new faces. As we are constantly expanding and entering an exciting time in our development, we have created new roles to fit the demands of what we aim to be as an organisation. 

Briana Pegado / Festival Director briana@edinburghstudentartsfestival.co.uk Briana Pegado is Founder and Director of the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival (ESAF). She studied an MA in Sustainable Development at the University of Edinburgh and currently works part-time for Power of Youth where she helps facilitate their unique programme to create a safe space for entrepreneurs to explore how they can have a more positive impact on society through the principles of business for good. Briana focuses on the festival's senior management, strategic development & partnerships, funding, and creative direction. Briana is based in Edinburgh and is interested in the creative sector, creative direction, social innovation and education reform. She views creativity as a source for good which can affect positive change in terms of gender equality, identity, inclusion and diversity.  

Briana Pegado / Festival Director

briana@edinburghstudentartsfestival.co.uk

Briana Pegado is Founder and Director of the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival (ESAF). She studied an MA in Sustainable Development at the University of Edinburgh and currently works part-time for Power of Youth where she helps facilitate their unique programme to create a safe space for entrepreneurs to explore how they can have a more positive impact on society through the principles of business for good. Briana focuses on the festival's senior management, strategic development & partnerships, funding, and creative direction.


Briana is based in Edinburgh and is interested in the creative sector, creative direction, social innovation and education reform. She views creativity as a source for good which can affect positive change in terms of gender equality, identity, inclusion and diversity.
 

Finn MacMillan / Events Coordinator events@edinburghstudentartsfestival.co.uk Former student president of Edinburgh College of Art, Finn graduated with a First Class degree in History of Art from Edinburgh University. He joins us with a background working in the museum and gallery sector and is a member of architectural societies in Edinburgh including the Old Town Development Trust. Finn is our Events Co-ordinator. Throughout the year, he and the ESAF Events Team endeavour to provide a fulfilling festival experience for our creatives that allows them to interact with one another as well as engage with the creative sector in innovative ways. ESAF believes in hosting events that are engaging, fun and meaningful with an overall creative edge. We hope to extend the number and the diversity of events held by ESAF, building on its festival in February, and increasing awareness of ESAF and the opportunities that it provides.

Finn MacMillan / Events Coordinator

events@edinburghstudentartsfestival.co.uk

Former student president of Edinburgh College of Art, Finn graduated with a First Class degree in History of Art from Edinburgh University. He joins us with a background working in the museum and gallery sector and is a member of architectural societies in Edinburgh including the Old Town Development Trust.

Finn is our Events Co-ordinator. Throughout the year, he and the ESAF Events Team endeavour to provide a fulfilling festival experience for our creatives that allows them to interact with one another as well as engage with the creative sector in innovative ways. ESAF believes in hosting events that are engaging, fun and meaningful with an overall creative edge. We hope to extend the number and the diversity of events held by ESAF, building on its festival in February, and increasing awareness of ESAF and the opportunities that it provides.

Elaine Cheng / Digital Media Coordinator elaine@edinburghstudentartsfestival.co.uk Born and raised in Edinburgh, Elaine graduated from Newcastle University with a BMus (Hons) in Music. She has worked for several years with production companies at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival but is currently based in London as an orchestra manager. Whilst her background and interests lie largely within the arts, she has also worked internationally in Cuenca (Ecuador), Madrid and Berlin.  As the Digital Media Coordinator, Elaine's responsibilities include overseeing the digital content that ESAF produce as well as assisting the Press and Events teams. 

Elaine Cheng / Digital Media Coordinator

elaine@edinburghstudentartsfestival.co.uk

Born and raised in Edinburgh, Elaine graduated from Newcastle University with a BMus (Hons) in Music. She has worked for several years with production companies at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival but is currently based in London as an orchestra manager. Whilst her background and interests lie largely within the arts, she has also worked internationally in Cuenca (Ecuador), Madrid and Berlin. 

As the Digital Media Coordinator, Elaine's responsibilities include overseeing the digital content that ESAF produce as well as assisting the Press and Events teams. 

 
Zoë King-Beck / Head of Marketing & Communications zoe@edinburghstudentartsfestival.co.uk Zoë is working with ESAF, in the position of Head of Marketing and Communications, to assist in the maintenance and expansion of the ESAF brand. Along with her skilled marketing team, Zoë aims to help support and raise awareness of ESAF's fantastic work through various campaigns and the implementation of marketing strategies.   Zoë is currently in her fourth and final year at Edinburgh Napier University studying Marketing Management BA (Hons.) Zoë is particularly interested in the arts and how artists market and manage themselves to create their own unique businesses and brand.

Zoë King-Beck / Head of Marketing & Communications

zoe@edinburghstudentartsfestival.co.uk

Zoë is working with ESAF, in the position of Head of Marketing and Communications, to assist in the maintenance and expansion of the ESAF brand. Along with her skilled marketing team, Zoë aims to help support and raise awareness of ESAF's fantastic work through various campaigns and the implementation of marketing strategies.  

Zoë is currently in her fourth and final year at Edinburgh Napier University studying Marketing Management BA (Hons.) Zoë is particularly interested in the arts and how artists market and manage themselves to create their own unique businesses and brand.

Rachel Lee / Marketing Manager press@edinburghstudentartsfestival.co.uk Rachel Lee acts as the Marketing Manager for ESAF, working closely with the Head of Marketing and Communications to best present ESAF’s burgeoning identity to participating creatives, the public, and sponsors. Rachel aspires to integrate her previous experience of marketing, publicity, and social media for start-up companies and societies in an arts setting. Her previous involvement with ESAF, as an exhibiting artist, grants her understanding of how to best appeal and provide for artists wishing to enter the public sphere. Rachel is expected to graduate in 2018 with a BA(Hons) in Intermedia from the University of Edinburgh.

Rachel Lee / Marketing Manager

press@edinburghstudentartsfestival.co.uk

Rachel Lee acts as the Marketing Manager for ESAF, working closely with the Head of Marketing and Communications to best present ESAF’s burgeoning identity to participating creatives, the public, and sponsors. Rachel aspires to integrate her previous experience of marketing, publicity, and social media for start-up companies and societies in an arts setting. Her previous involvement with ESAF, as an exhibiting artist, grants her understanding of how to best appeal and provide for artists wishing to enter the public sphere. Rachel is expected to graduate in 2018 with a BA(Hons) in Intermedia from the University of Edinburgh.

Amy Dorner / Membership Coordinator membership@edinburghstudentartsfestival.co.uk Amy began her undergraduate studies at DePaul University in Chicago training for a classical voice degree.  Throughout her course, she gained more of an interest in arts administration and changed her major to Performing Arts Management.  She is currently pursuing her postgraduate degree in Festival and Cultural Management at Queen Margaret University.  She is looking forward to helping ESAF to expand their membership base and continue to grow as an organisation. 

Amy Dorner / Membership Coordinator

membership@edinburghstudentartsfestival.co.uk

Amy began her undergraduate studies at DePaul University in Chicago training for a classical voice degree.  Throughout her course, she gained more of an interest in arts administration and changed her major to Performing Arts Management.  She is currently pursuing her postgraduate degree in Festival and Cultural Management at Queen Margaret University.  She is looking forward to helping ESAF to expand their membership base and continue to grow as an organisation. 

 
Ainne McGinness / Performance Art Strand Programmer programming@ edinburghstudentartsfestival.co.uk Ainne is in her fourth year of a History of Art degree at The University of Edinburgh after initially studying Economics.  She has a lifelong interest in art, and was selected as one of the best young artists in Scotland exhibiting her work in a show in Glasgow showcasing young Scottish artists.  She has volunteered as an art gallery assistant and currently is an Art Panelist for Canvas Magazine and is studying, The Aesthetics and Politics of Contemporary Art and Science Fictions: Cybernetics, Selfhood and Communication in Post-War Art. 

Ainne McGinness / Performance Art Strand Programmer

programming@
edinburghstudentartsfestival.co.uk

Ainne is in her fourth year of a History of Art degree at The University of Edinburgh after initially studying Economics.  She has a lifelong interest in art, and was selected as one of the best young artists in Scotland exhibiting her work in a show in Glasgow showcasing young Scottish artists.  She has volunteered as an art gallery assistant and currently is an Art Panelist for Canvas Magazine and is studying, The Aesthetics and Politics of Contemporary Art and Science Fictions: Cybernetics, Selfhood and Communication in Post-War Art. 

Valerie Ohm / Communications Manager communications@ edinburghstudentartsfestival.co.uk Valerie is the Communications Coordinator for ESAF 2017. Finishing her undergraduate in Business Management at the University of Edinburgh and postgraduate in Advertising at Edinburgh Napier. She has been involved with several different arts organisations across Edinburgh and abroad, including the Polish Contemporary Arts Organisation and St. Margaret’s House. Also working within the marketing industry, she is active with the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA), planning and promoting their events for professionals. With a background in management and marketing and experience in the gallery sector, Valerie is happy to be a part of the ESAF team and create new opportunities for emerging artists by collaborating with businesses across different industries, supporting the growth of ESAF and continued creative development of its members. 

Valerie Ohm / Communications Manager

communications@
edinburghstudentartsfestival.co.uk

Valerie is the Communications Coordinator for ESAF 2017. Finishing her undergraduate in Business Management at the University of Edinburgh and postgraduate in Advertising at Edinburgh Napier. She has been involved with several different arts organisations across Edinburgh and abroad, including the Polish Contemporary Arts Organisation and St. Margaret’s House.

Also working within the marketing industry, she is active with the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA), planning and promoting their events for professionals. With a background in management and marketing and experience in the gallery sector, Valerie is happy to be a part of the ESAF team and create new opportunities for emerging artists by collaborating with businesses across different industries, supporting the growth of ESAF and continued creative development of its members. 

Deana Liu / Pop-Up & Collaborations Programmer Graduating from MSc Film, Exhibition and Curation in the University of Edinburgh, Deana has participated in several film-related projects, including Glasgow Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, and other independent film screening events. She joined ESAF as a Pop-Up and Collaborations Programmer, hoping to work closely with creative people from various backgrounds and deliver events that combine the moving image and different formats of art.

Deana Liu / Pop-Up & Collaborations Programmer

Graduating from MSc Film, Exhibition and Curation in the University of Edinburgh, Deana has participated in several film-related projects, including Glasgow Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, and other independent film screening events.

She joined ESAF as a Pop-Up and Collaborations Programmer, hoping to work closely with creative people from various backgrounds and deliver events that combine the moving image and different formats of art.

 
Christopher Buttigieg / Sponsorship & Fundraising Manager christopher@ edinburghstudentartsfestival.co.uk   Christopher Buttigieg is the Sponsorship and Fundraising Manager of the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival (ESAF). He is currently reading for an M.A in Arts, Festival & Cultural Management at the Queen Margaret University of Edinburgh. He believes that the creative industry is unique in how it can touch people from diverse backgrounds and various age groups, evoking emotions through visuals and sound, inspiring audiences and changing the way we think.  In the past few years Christopher has focused and worked on film related projects such as ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘WWZ’, ‘13hours’ and ‘Last Call for Nowhere’. Whilst as freelancer over the past couple of years, he has also worked on a number of cultural organisations such as the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra as a Digital Marketing Coordinator and festivals, including; ‘Żigużajg’ International Arts Festival for Children & Young People held annually in Valletta, Malta. At the moment Christopher is based in Edinburgh, and whilst he is focusing on ESAF and his M.A, he looks forward to work with young artists, to bring his repertoire of skills to the table and create influential work. 

Christopher Buttigieg / Sponsorship & Fundraising Manager

christopher@
edinburghstudentartsfestival.co.uk
 

Christopher Buttigieg is the Sponsorship and Fundraising Manager of the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival (ESAF). He is currently reading for an M.A in Arts, Festival & Cultural Management at the Queen Margaret University of Edinburgh. He believes that the creative industry is unique in how it can touch people from diverse backgrounds and various age groups, evoking emotions through visuals and sound, inspiring audiences and changing the way we think. 

In the past few years Christopher has focused and worked on film related projects such as ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘WWZ’, ‘13hours’ and ‘Last Call for Nowhere’. Whilst as freelancer over the past couple of years, he has also worked on a number of cultural organisations such as the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra as a Digital Marketing Coordinator and festivals, including; ‘Żigużajg’ International Arts Festival for Children & Young People held annually in Valletta, Malta.

At the moment Christopher is based in Edinburgh, and whilst he is focusing on ESAF and his M.A, he looks forward to work with young artists, to bring his repertoire of skills to the table and create influential work. 

Kary Ho / Events & Marketing Coordinator Kary is currently a 3rd year BA(Hon) Festival & Event and Hospitality Management student at the Edinburgh Napier University. She is passionate about planning and implementing events so she is happy to work as the Event Marketing Coordinator for ESAF. She is active in the university student union and has been organised and involved in several campaigns and activities. Kary is hoping to raise awareness of ESAF and support creative artists.

Kary Ho / Events & Marketing Coordinator

Kary is currently a 3rd year BA(Hon) Festival & Event and Hospitality Management student at the Edinburgh Napier University. She is passionate about planning and implementing events so she is happy to work as the Event Marketing Coordinator for ESAF. She is active in the university student union and has been organised and involved in several campaigns and activities. Kary is hoping to raise awareness of ESAF and support creative artists.

Sarah Barnard / Performing Arts Administrator/Artist Liaison Sarah is studying MSc Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University, after spending the last three years as a public library assistant in the West Midlands. She is on the Editorial Board for Scottish Book Trust's What's Your Story? magazine and is passionate about community and youth engagement in the arts. Alongside her professional interests in the book industry, Sarah is a keen singer and former committee member of Coventry Philharmonic Choir. She currently sings with Edinburgh Napier Chamber Choir. She also loves both people and spreadsheets, making her ESAF role pretty much perfect for her.

Sarah Barnard / Performing Arts Administrator/Artist Liaison

Sarah is studying MSc Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University, after spending the last three years as a public library assistant in the West Midlands. She is on the Editorial Board for Scottish Book Trust's What's Your Story? magazine and is passionate about community and youth engagement in the arts. Alongside her professional interests in the book industry, Sarah is a keen singer and former committee member of Coventry Philharmonic Choir. She currently sings with Edinburgh Napier Chamber Choir. She also loves both people and spreadsheets, making her ESAF role pretty much perfect for her.

 
Dannii  Ryalls / Production Manager production@edinburghstudentartsfestival.co.uk   Dannii is Yorkshire born and raised and only recently moved to Edinburgh to pursue her career as a Stage Manager. She graduated in 2016 with a First Class BA Hons degree in Drama & Theatre at Huddersfield University, since then she has gone on to Stage and Production Manage many different productions. Stage management credits include; Off the Rails (ProjexTheatre Company), You Can't Take It With You(Huddersfield University) and Production Manager for Common Grounds Theatre Festival (Huddersfield University) Sound design credits include; Mammals (Queen Margaret and Edinburgh Napier University Co-production) For the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival, Danni is Production Manager of the Performance Sector and assisting with the Music Nights and Visual Arts. Dannii is currently studying for a postgraduate certificate in Stage Management at Edinburgh Stage Management School.

Dannii  Ryalls / Production Manager

production@edinburghstudentartsfestival.co.uk

 

Dannii is Yorkshire born and raised and only recently moved to Edinburgh to pursue her career as a Stage Manager. She graduated in 2016 with a First Class BA Hons degree in Drama & Theatre at Huddersfield University, since then she has gone on to Stage and Production Manage many different productions.

Stage management credits include; Off the Rails (ProjexTheatre Company), You Can't Take It With You(Huddersfield University) and Production Manager for Common Grounds Theatre Festival (Huddersfield University)

Sound design credits include; Mammals (Queen Margaret and Edinburgh Napier University Co-production)

For the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival, Danni is Production Manager of the Performance Sector and assisting with the Music Nights and Visual Arts.

Dannii is currently studying for a postgraduate certificate in Stage Management at Edinburgh Stage Management School.