Gerda Stevenson, writer/actor/director/singer/songwriter, trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, where she won the Vanbrugh Award. She has worked on stage, television, radio and film throughout Britain and abroad, and won a Scottish BAFTA Best Film Actress award.
She has served as a trustee of the Scottish International Education Trust, is a Scots Language Ambassador for Education Scotland, recipient of Scottish Arts Council and Creative Scotland writers' bursaries, is listed in the Scottish Book Trust's Live Literature Database, and has run many workshops in schools. She is a visiting lecturer at the University of Glasgow, where her poetry collection, If This Were Real, and her stage play Federer Versus Murray are studied on the Contemporary Scottish Literature course.
Her stage play Skeleton Wumman opened at Òran Mór, Glasgow, in 2014, and played at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh and West Yorkshire Playhouse.
She has written many original radio plays (including The Apple Tree and Homeless, both starring Juliet Stevenson), and also dramatisations of classic Scottish novels for BBC Radio 4. In 2014, she was nominated as Scots Singer of the Year for the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Award, following the launch of her album of her own songs Night Touches Day.
Her stage play, Out of Eden, a collaboration with New York based Scottish artist Gwen Hardie, was performed as a rehearsed reading at the Tron Theatre in January 2017.
Gerda has been working on her second poetry collection. In 2014, the Saltire Society listed her as one of the Outstanding Women of Scotland.