Producers Programme

Are you looking to produce your first show but perhaps don’t know where to start? Perhaps you’ve been self-producing your work but want to gain more confidence and start to call yourself a producer?

The Producers Programme is a six-month toolkit comprising of workshops and mentoring delivered by established industry professionals, and designed to provide a practical introduction to the role of the Producer. Participants will learn about the specific skills involved in mounting a successful production and be given bespoke advice to bring their own projects to life.

Through a series of evening and weekend sessions, the programme will explore producing work at a range of scales, and in a range of settings; from traditional theatre settings to fringe festivals and rural touring. The programme focuses on producing within Devon and the wider South West, with opportunities to collaborate with the Artist programme when working towards two performance opportunities. The Producers Programme is delivered online via Zoom, with some in-person sessions in the lead up to live events.

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Don Carlos by Friedrich Schiller begins rehearsals in Exeter.

The programme costs £50 but there are some free places available, and a limited number of bursaries to support travel and other costs – complete the appropriate section of the application form linked below if this support might make it possible for you to take part.

Deadline for applications is Monday 10th January 2022. 

We will be inviting applicants to an informal interview on Monday 17th January 2022.

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Applicants must be South West based and aged 18+ years.

Please note that this is a professional development opportunity, so we’re looking for people who are interested in the possibility of developing a career as a producer within the performing arts. You might currently be unemployed. You might have just completed a vocational training or graduated from University. You might already be employed but looking to develop your career in a new direction.

Whatever your background, you should have some experience within theatre and a clear sense of why producing interests you.

As part of our commitment to addressing historic under-representation of certain groups within the arts, we positively welcome applications from people of African and Caribbean heritage, people of South Asian, East Asian and South East Asian Heritage, D/deaf and disabled people, LGBTQ+ people and those experiencing barriers due to their socio-economic background. We also guarantee to interview any suitably qualified d/Deaf and/or disabled artists.

Please feel free to get in touch with Helen Bovey for an informal chat about the programme.

Please note: the application deadline for the 2022 programme has now passed and applications are closed. 


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Why are some aspects of the Futures programmes still being delivered online?

During 2021, we shifted all our Futures Programmes delivery online. Doing this, we found that the producing elements of the programmes worked well being via Zoom, and feedback from the 2021 participants affirmed this. Programme leaders can use the screen sharing option to demonstrate and share examples, as well as enabling participants to work from home, using their own equipment. Delivering in this way also enabled participants who live further from Exeter (but still within Devon) to engage, saving unnecessary travel time.

Elements of both programmes which require in-person learning, such as practical workshops, masterclasses or performances, will take place in person at the Barnfield Theatre.

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