Over a number of years CGO has offered bespoke shortform bilingual training programmes either in the UK or in the host country. We have worked in Korea ( commercial theatre producing), Japan (theatre producing), Russia (musical theatre writing), China (musical theatre producing), the Netherlands (musical theatre writing), and worked with conferences and conventions in Portugal, USA, Philippines, and Australia.
In 2018 we ran a small programme led by Associate Tania Azevedo for aspiring professional performers in Saudi Arabia (Dammam). After the pandemic, in 2022 we ran two much larger programmes – the first in London & Scotland for Saudi Arabian future theatre designers, and the second across Riyadh, Dammam and Jeddah for the potential ‘triple threat’ Musical Theatre performers of the future. Here we worked bilingually with a UK/US faculty of directors, musical directors and movement specialists alongside UK/Arabic speaking theatremaking/interpreters.
CGO Development, the international aspect of CGO, is now preparing three programmes for 2023 in Saudi Arabia – a repeat of the beginners performer course across 3 cities, an advance Musical Theatre course in one or two cities for those moving forward into a planned career, and a programme across 3 cities for future designers. We are also developing a monthly UK/Saudi theatremaker zoom workshop which will be for those beginning to make their own work.
If you are a UK based, UK/US trained, theatremaker who is fluent in one of the Arabic languages and in English, then CGO would love to hear from you. Designers, Musicians, Actors, Dancers, Directors and creative coaches please get in touch if you would be interested to be involved. We will be looking for specialist trainers and bilingual assistants as we move forward with this programme in 2023 chris [at] chrisgrady [dot] org