Curriculum Vitae

Robert Softley

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Personal Information
  • Date of Birth: 12th June, 1980
  • Height: 5’ 2”
  • Eyes: Green
  • Hair: Dark Brown
  • Wheelchair user
  • Slightly slurred speech and shaky movements
  • Equity No: 262875
Awards, Experience and Training Summary
  • Training includes academic and acting tuition at Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh, and extensive experience of improvisation and forum theatre
  • Appeared in broadband advertising campaign and television advertisement promoting awareness of disability
  • Recent runner-up in BBC Radio Drama’s Norman Beaton competition with prize of freelance radio drama engagement
  • Winner of placement on BBC Talent Fund for Disabled Actors scheme, giving masterclass training in conjunction with the Actors Centre  
Professional Performing Experience
Girl X Robert National Theatre of Scotland; Pol Heyvaert
Private Dancer (Dance) Self Janice Parker Projects Janice Parker
A (Gay Disabled Transexual) Love Story... Robert Boygirlfruitflower Raymond Short
Heelz n Wheelz Blanche Fittings Multimedia Art Russell Barr
A Christmas Tale Mr Martinus Theatre Workshop Robert Rae
Brazil 12 – Scotland 0 Ewan Birds of Paradise Morven Gregor
The Last Little Fish in the Net Sebastian Theatre Workshop Robert Rae
The Threepenny Opera Walter Theatre Workshop Robert Rae
The Irish Giant Wheeler/Pressman Birds of Paradise Garry Robson
I Have Before Me… Simon Theatre Workshop Andy Mackie
Asylum Billy Theatre Workshop Morven Gregor
Hogmanay Boys John Donald Theatre Workshop Robert Rae
Nothing Ever Burns Down by Itself Spanner Theatre Workshop Robert Rae

Out of Order Bruno TrickTales Catriona MacInnes
Trouble Sleeping Simon Makar Productions Robert Rae

River City Young Parishioner BBC Scotland

Island Blue Series 2 Billy BBC Radio Drama David Ian Neville
Island Blue Billy BBC Radio Drama David Ian Neville
Full Employment History
January, 2006 – Present

Birds of Paradise

Glasgow, UK
Agent for Change
  • Responsible for all aspects of coordinating this project which looks at the under representation of disabled actors in Scottish theatre and what can be done to correct this. Included building relationship with major Scottish theatre companies and organizing a national conference for further education providers.
September, 2005 – June, 2007

Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama

Glasgow, UK
YouthWorks Drama Tutor
  • Served as part of a pool of tutors delivering weekly drama workshops to young people from the ages of five to eighteen.
October, 2004


Edinburgh, UK
  • Employed as actor for forum theatre events giving training on Disability Discrimination Act to many corporate clients.
February, 2004 – December 2005

Birds of Paradise

Glasgow, UK
Workshop Leader & Fundraising Administrator
  • Responsible for creation and delivery of weekly drama workshops which promote inclusion by bringing together teens from mainstream and special schools.  Also pursued funding bodies and grant makers to raise core and project-specific funds for company.
June, 2003 – June 2006

Scottish Arts Council

Edinburgh, UK
Specialist Advisor
  • Commissioned to author reports on theatrical events and other art forms for companies who are applying for funding to the Arts Council.
August, 2002 – August, 2003

Theatre Workshop

Edinburgh, UK
Resident Actor
  • Served as member of inclusive ensemble for this professional, producing theatre company with one year contract.
June, 2002 – August, 2002

Edinburgh Youth Social Inclusion Partnership

Edinburgh, UK
Youth Worker/Project Researcher
  • Instigated a project looking at the ways in which relations can be improved between taxicab drivers and young people with disabilities in the Edinburgh area.
April, 2000 – August 2001

Edinburgh Youth Social Inclusion Partnership

Edinburgh, UK
Part-time I.T. Advisor/Network Administrator
  • Responsible for the identification and procurement of all computing-related equipment required to launch the organisation. Maintained network infrastructure, supervised system upgrades and employed others to serve in a backup capacity to myself over a 15 month period.
Summer, 1997 & 1998

Walcoff & Associates, Inc.

Fairfax, VA, USA
HTML/Web Programmer
  • Worked during consecutive summers as part of the web programming team of this marketing communications company. Received extensive on-site training.

Graduated July 04

University of Glasgow Glasgow, UK
MA (Honours) Management and Business Studies
  • Subjects areas specialized in include International Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Marketing Communications, Supply Chain Logistics & Behavior and Strategic Marketing.
Extracurricular activities

Public Spokesperson

I have spoken publicly on around 100 occasions to over 15,000 individuals (in total) on the issues surrounding inclusion in education and the arts. This led to a documentary for BBC Education on my views and experiences.



Available upon request