Introduction to Producing Theatre Workshop

This one week course offers you an A-Z of producing your first piece of theatre. From working out what’s the best business model for your group or organisation, to planning your production and finding a venue, to budgeting, grant applications, fundraising and marketing.

The course is made of up of five days of classes/sessions, 10:30am – 4pm each day:

Weds 27 Jan – STARTING A THEATRE COMPANY

Tutors:
Alexander Parsonage (Artistic Director of Finger in the Pie)
Buffy Sharpe (freelance fundraiser and business consultant)

What are the steps to setting up a company? Do you want to be limited by guarantee or shares? Do you need a board? When do you become VAT registered? Business planning, Aims and Objectives, Equal Ops and policies.

Thurs 28 Jan – FUNDRAISING THE ARTS COUNCIL AND TRUSTS AND FOUNDATIONS

Tutors:
Alexander Rogerson and Pete Staves (Relationship Managers at Arts Council England)
Buffy Sharpe (freelance fundraiser and business consultant)

What do you need to know about the new Arts Council form (updating 22 Jan 2016)? What are the key criteria for Arts Council funding? How do you find out about other funders? How do you approach fundraising from ACE and Trusts and Funds?

Fri 29 Jan – PRODUCTION PLANNING

Tutors:
Francesca Moody (Producer at Paines Plough)
Flavia Fraser-Cannon (Executive director of Finger in the Pie, previously producer at Theatre503)

How do we get a venue? How do we licence a play? What should we look out for in contracts? How do we engage a team? What’s the timeframe for everything? What technical aspects do we need to be aware of.

Sat 30 Jan – ALTERNATIVE FUNDRAISING AND BUDGETING YOUR SHOW

Tutors:
Flavia Fraser-Cannon (Executive Director of Finger in the Pie and freelance producer)
Buffy Sharpe (freelance fundraiser and business consultant)

What do you need to budget for? What are the amounts you should expect to pay? What types of fundraising are available? Who from? How can you engage with individual giving?

Sun 31 Jan – PR AND MARKETING FOR LIVE PERFORMANCE

Tutors:
Laura Horton (freelance PR, previously of the National Theatre)
Holly Conneely (Deputy Head of Marketing at the Royal Court, previously of the Tricycle)

How do you build a marketing campaign? What materials do you need to promote your show? How do you write a press release? How do you approach press to cover you?

‘This course is fantastic for those who are looking for an honest, insightful and knowledgable course in producing fringe theatre. As a recent graduate I came to the course with a lot of questions and queries – all of which were answered and more! Doing the course has allowed me to ‘go forth’ and work on other productions as well as my own. Couldn’t recommend it highly enough!’ – Sophia Madgwick, A-Z Producing Student 2014


Cost

Each of the separate days can be booked as an individual stand alone workshop or booked as a whole week.

Full Week – £320 / £200 concession
** EARLY BIRD ** Book before 4pm on 5th January 2016 and get £40 off.

50% off for any additional places booked by members of the same company (i.e. £160 for the full week)

Each workshop can be booked as a stand alone day for £75 full, £50 concession.

If you are unable to pay the full amount up front, please contact us if you would like to arrange a payment plan. We are also able to offer a bursary to someone unable to pay in very special circumstances, so please do get in contact at info@fingerinthepie.com, as we would hate anyone to be discouraged from taking part.

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