Throughout 2020, CPT is offering 1-to-1 professional advice sessions for contemporary theatre practitioners. These surgeries are free, and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Be it producing or finance, programming or dramaturgy, fundraising or business planning – we’ve got the specialists to share their expertise.
A number of 30-minute surgery slots with different practitioners are available. See below for more information on who you can speak to and what they specialise in. New slots will be made available every two weeks with more practitioners stepping in to offer their time.
If you’d like to book a time with a practitioner, simply use the booking system under each name to find out the times and dates they are available to talk. Once you’re booked in, you’ll be sent all the information to your email.
If there are no times available it means that they are fully booked – but fear not! More times will be added soon – and we’ll make sure to announce it on our social media when that happens.
Kaya joined Camden People’s Theatre as Executive Director and joint CEO in 2018. Prior to this she worked as a senior producer for China Plate Theatre where she developed and toured work with artists including Chris Thorpe, Caroline Horton, Inspector Sands and Ben Wright. Kaya is also a trustee for Marlborough Productions in Brighton and a voluntary director for interactive children’s theatre company, One Tenth Human.
Kaya is happy to talk about: producing – budgeting / financial management; fundraising from ACE and Trusts & Foundations; being an Executive Director; career paths/business strategy.
Brian has been artistic director of CPT since Sept 2011. Previously he was co-director (with Alex Murdoch and Neil Haigh) of the touring theatre company Cartoon de Salvo, with whom he devised and performed in e.g. Meat & Two Veg (BAC and international tour), The Sunflower Plot, Hard Hearted Hannah and Other Stories (Lyric Hammersmith, Edinburgh Fringe and Kennedy Center, Washington DC), Made Up (Soho Theatre, 2012) and Pub Rock. In 2016, he toured with Will Adamsdale and Lloyd Hutchinson in Fuel Theatre’s The Joke. With CPT, Brian co-created and directed This Is Private Property (2016), Fog Everywhere (2017) and 2019’s Human Jam. Brian is also a theatre and comedy writer for The Guardian, and former assistant theatre editor of Time Out London.
Brian is happy to talk about: becoming and being an AD; how CPT works with artists; theatre programming and festival curation; artist support; devising, and directing in collaborative contexts; co-creating theatre with communities; documentary theatre-making. Also happy to talk about press & PR, theatre journalism and criticism if that’s helpful to anyone.
Nick was the founding producer of Improbable and recently left the company after twenty-four years and many projects. He is now Producer for the Javaad Alipoor Company, working on a range of national and international projects and a wide-ranging programme of organisational development funded by ACE.
Through his career Nick has worked with a wide range of other organisations including LIFT, dreamthinkspeak, The Arts Council, Told by an Idiot, Mark Bruce Company, The British Council, Phoenix Dance, Nada Theatre (France), Weirzalin (Poland) and Mouthpeace Theatre (South Africa). He has also facilitated Open Space events throughout the world and sat on various Boards including those of Theatre Bristol, China Plate, Corn Exchange Newbury and ITC.
Nick is happy to talk about: supporting/developing artist-led companies; strategic development; national and international partnerships and touring; budgeting.
Melissa is an Impact Manager for the Cultural Impact Development Fund, a social investment fund providing small-scale lending to arts and culture organisations across England.
She is responsible for the fund’s overall approach to social impact and works with applicants and investees to build their capacity for monitoring and evaluation so they can better articulate their impact to funders, policymakers, and the public.
Melissa is happy to talk about: grant funding; alternative finance; learning and participation; social impact evaluation.
Nic is Creative Associate at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Associate Dramaturg for Fifth Word. Previous roles include Associate Dramaturg (RSC), Artistic Associate (Kiln) and deputy to the Literary Manager (Royal Court) where Nic gained experience in international writing/translation. As a dramaturg, Nic has worked with circus artists, storytellers and mentored writers in the criminal justice system.
Currently, Nic is working on Ghost Light – a series of miraculous journeys around Derby Theatre for just one household or small bubble at a time.
Theatre includes: 2019 season (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Mushy: Lyrically Speaking (Rifco), Lava (Nottingham Playhouse Studio/Fifth Word); The Merchant of Venice (Next Generation company), Day of the Living, Myth, Snow in Midsummer (RSC); Jinny (Derby)
Nic is “happy to chat to anyone who feels I can be useful and don’t want to cap what that conversation might be. Particular areas of expertise are dramaturgy, creative collaboration, writer development and career sustainability. Also happy to offer one-to-one idea exploration/script development session”
Isobel is Chair of Camden People’s Theatre and Chief Executive of Poet in the City, a producing organisation which connects people and places through poetry experiences. She has led its vision to bring live poetry to a wider audience and use the artform to create debate and change since 2014, working with hundreds of artists in cultural venues, historic locations and community spaces. Her work includes establishing a new music festival of poetry & lyrics, a national communities programme with the British Library, and filling St Paul’s Cathedral with 2,000 Londoners to hear new work. With a background in skills development in the commercial and public sectors, she is passionate about getting young people into the arts.
Lily Einhorn is a creative producer, consultant, writer and community engagement specialist. Recent producing includes Noye’s Fludde, a co-production between Theatre Royal Stratford East and ENO with a community cast and orchestra of 300 participants aged 6 to 70, and a touring festival of Queer, Trans and non-binary artists with a local engagement focus for CPT. Recent consultancy includes CPT on their adult community show, Human Jam, and the Donmar Warehouse’s first public community show, Assembly. Lily ran adult community work at the Young Vic for nearly 7 years (Neighbourhood Theatre). She’s currently developing a show with pregnant participants with Julia Taudevin. Lily has written online articles on community theatre for publications including The Stage, Fuel and Theatron and contributed chapters to Performance and Community: Case Studies and Commentary ed. Caoimhe McAvinchey (2013) and Culture Shift: Creative Leadership for Audience Centric Performing Arts Organisations ed. Benita Lipps (2015). She is a Clore Leader.
Rachel is a stage director based in London, and is currently Associate Artist at the Unicorn Theatre. Upcoming productions include Augmented, opening at Royal Exchange Manchester as well as touring, and A Dead Body in Taos written by David Farr, which will premiere as a co-production with the Arcola Theatre. Past work includes the critically acclaimed The Shape of the Pain which won a Fringe First at Edinburgh, was revived at BAC and went on to tour the UK this year. Other productions include Hamlet (Young Vic), Resonance at the Still Point of Change (Unlimited Festival, South Bank Centre), and The Rhinestone Rollers, Just Me, Bell (Graeae).
She was previously Associate Artist at the Bush Theatre, Associate Artist at Wilton’s Music Hall, Resident Assistant Director at the Young Vic, and led the education programme at Graeae. She was also director of Access to Acting, a national programme of work for disabled and non-disabled young people led by RADA.
Rachel is happy to be a creative sounding board, and discuss creative access, participation work, and funding applications.
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