Producers Development Programme

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Mercury Producers will explore making work at a range of scales learning the specific skills and knowledge involved in mounting a successful production, led by Karen Goddard.

A monthly workshop, exploring the main elements of producing work independently including setting up companies, pitching, planning, budgeting, fundraising, audiences, marketing, touring and press.

Karen Goddard has over 15 years’ experience working in theatre in the East of England. She began her career in Marketing at the New Wolsey Theatre and then spent 11 years with Eastern Angles Theatre Company. Whilst at Eastern Angles her role ranged across many aspects of small-scale touring from venue-booking, bid-writing and community engagement to sponsorship, poster design and script-editing.  In 2018 Karen went freelance to focus on developing the work of women writers. Since then, she has produced Arts Council funded projects with Martha Loader, Natalie Songer, Zoë Wells, Nicola Pollard, Sarah Calver and Nicola Werenowska. She is particularly interested in New Writing that shines a light on the lives of ‘ordinary’ people and taking those stories on tour to a mixture of community spaces in villages, towns and cities. www.karengoddard.net

How to apply

We ask you to:

• Be over the age of 18
• Provide a short statement explaining why you would like to take part (max 250 words)
• Submit a CV if you have one
• Tell us about a project that you’ve produced that didn’t turn out quite how you’d hoped and what you learnt
• Describe a piece of theatre you would love to produce and why
• Tell us about  your connection with the East of England – applicants must be from or currently live in this area to take part.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 30 Jun 2022

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Why Producers?

Mercury Producers benefit from;

• A monthly workshop with Karen Goddard, exploring the main elements of producing work independently including setting up companies, pitching, planning, budgeting, fundraising, audiences, marketing, touring and press.
• Opportunities to participate in a number of producing masterclasses, led by industry respected producers.
• Mentoring, producer shadowing, pitching opportunities and networking events
• Invitations to collaborate with other organisations in the East of England
• Support from the Mercury Team to develop ideas to be considered for future programming.
• Free tickets and special invitations to some Mercury events
• Opportunities to collaborate with Early Career Artists and Associate Companies.

All applicants will be notified by 15 Jul 2022.

If you have any questions, please get in touch: hello@mercurytheatre.co.uk.

Rules & Guidelines

RULES AND GUIDELINES
• Applicants must be aged 18 or over.
• Applicants must be from or currently reside in the East of England. East of England includes Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
• The Mercury will formally acknowledge all submissions.
• All submissions will be read in full by the Mercury and an assembled panel.
• All submissions will be given due consideration, but, regretfully, we cannot provide feedback.
• Selected Mercury Producers will attend monthly in-person/online sessions that will be organised in keeping with the latest government guidelines.

All nine workshops will be held at the Mercury Theatre on:
– Tue 26 Jul 7 -9pm
– Tue 9 Aug 7-9pm
– Tue 6 Sep 7-9pm
– Tue 4 Oct 7-9pm
– Tue 1 Nov 7-9pm
– Tue 6 Dec 7-9pm
– Tue 10 Jan 2023 7-9pm
– Tue 7 Feb 2023 7-9pm
– Tue 7 Mar 2023 7-9pm