Theatre: A how-to guide

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Fri 9 Sep at From 10.30am

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Part of our Autumn 2016 season. 

As part of our ongoing commitment to emerging artists, we’re presenting a day of workshops to support artists and companies’ professional development. Please reserve a free ticket online, or by calling the box office. Each workshop will include a talk / demonstration from an industry professional, followed by a Q&A session.

An introduction to Marketing

with Amber Massie-Blomfield

From establishing your aims and objectives, right through to evaluating the success of your work, get a step-by-step introduction on how to market a theatre show.

Leading this session is Amber Massie-Blomfield, Executive Director of Camden People’s Theatre, who will equip you with the tools you need to plan and implement your own campaign strategy. Learn how to understand your audience, identify key messages, and set targets, as well as some of the marketing tools you can use, including flyers, photos, press releases, and social media. There’s also the opportunity to ask your own questions at a Q&A closing the session.

Amber has previously worked as Head of Communications at the Albany, where she was responsible for the marketing and communications for the national Fun Palaces festival. She has also worked on PR for organisations including Universal Music, the Globe, the National Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, the Tricycle, the Arcola and many more.


Technical Theatre for Non-Technical Creatives

with Alex Fernandes

Do you know the difference between a Fresnel and a Profile? Do you know your DMX from your XLR from your TRS? Have you ever been frustrated because you can’t quite put into words the lighting idea in your head? Have you ever gazed up at a vertiginous forest of of dangling lanterns and wished that, just once, its myriad arcane mysteries could be revealed to you?

This workshop is aimed at directors, producers, choreographers, performers, front-of-house managers, festival programmers, and anyone working in the industry who wishes they knew more about the technical side of live performance. Largely focused on lighting, but with some discussion of sound, AV and stage, this crash course in technical basics aims to help you communicate better with venue technicians, designers, and hire companies, as well as develop the confidence needed to have a go yourself, even if it’s just lending that extra hand when it comes to tech time.

You will learn key terminology and jargon, how to identify common pieces of equipment, what sorts of things should go in a Technical Rider or Risk Assessment, and much more. Downloadable resources will be available afterwards, including a glossary of terms, and participants are encouraged to bring specific questions about real-life projects, whether past, present or future.

Alex Fernandes is a freelance lighting designer and production manager. He has designed for and toured with numerous theatre, dance and live art companies, including Made In China, Sleepwalk Collective, None Of Us Is Yet A Robot and Christopher Brett Bailey, and is the Technical Director of Forest Fringe in Edinburgh. When he’s not doing all that, he provides technical support to the Camden People’s Theatre and The Place.


Applying for Grants For The Arts

with Arts Council England

Join us for a crash course in applying for Grants for the Arts, including a step-by-step guide followed by a Q&A session with Relationship Managers Jo Hammett and Alex Rogerson from Arts Council England. More information coming soon.


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