The Optimists - Producer Training Course

A five week course in how to be a producer
Workshops and Learning , Artist Development
Wednesday 28 March 2018 - Monday 14 May 2018
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Various dates, Derby Theatre,

Bridging the gap between training and the industry, The Optimists supports the artistic careers of the future. The programme offers artistic inspiration and practical support. China Plate runs a series of structured sessions focussing on collaboration, developing artistic practice and the practicalities of making, funding and marketing work.The legacy of each programme is a new self-supporting network of theatre makers with their own identities.In Good Company have teamed up with China Plate to deliver an Optimists training course right here in the East Midlands,  this course will include the following modules 

What is a producer?
Budgets and Expenditure
Marketing – Audiences and how to reach them
Marketing –Press and social media
Venues and theatre: getting your work through the door.
Company Management
Working Inclusively

This course is delivered in two sessions per day (10-5), and you must be available for all of the sessions, the dates are;

Wed March 28th

Fri April 13th

Fri April 27th 

Saturday May 12th 

Mon May 14th 

Recent graduates have gone on to win Herald Angel Awards, Ideas Tap Awards and National Student Drama Festival Awards. Graduates in previous years have gone on to create award-winning productions including Bitch Boxer by Charlotte Josephine (Soho Young Writers Award) and Bound by Bare Trap (Fringe First Award, Herald Angel Award, Adelaide Critics Circle Award, Off West End Award and many more).

This workshop is presented by The Big House. Big House is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is aimed at developing your company as a business.  We help you develop new audiences, identify funding opportunities, boost your profile with venues and develop your company into a sustainable business.

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Running time: 
Five Weeks

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