Foundation for Creative Producing practive in the UK

As we complete 4 successful 16 week intensive DipCPs and begin recruiting for DipCP5 starting Nov 2023, there has been a request for a ‘lite’ version which could be delivered in a series of classes that work time-wise for international producers from the North and South Americas.

The following Foundation for Creative Producing practice in the UK (FCPUK) offers 6 x 2hr zoom workshops for a maximum of 12 aspiring or early career producers who are interested in understanding the UK scene better.  We will cover:

  • UK Arts Ecology
  • Marketing
  • Fundraising
  • Budgeting
  • Fringe Festival production
  • UK business structures

Each participant will receive access to a resources folder, reading list, and an array of contacts and follow-up research ideas. The workshops will be led by Chris Grady with a selection of guest tutors who are experienced practitioners in the UK scene.

The first programme of Zoom classes will run Sun 17th, 24th Sept then Sun 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd October. 6-8pm BST / 1-3pm EDT / 10-12noon PDT.  The time is designed to be accessible to the American continent/West.  If there is demand from Asia/East we will schedule a new programme.  The classes will be offered in English. A caption and transcription/audio service is offered alongside using Otter.Ai. We will seek to accommodate all learning styles and welcome support workers such as sign assisters.

In launching this programme, Chris said:

I have been asked by US based creative producers and self producing artists to help them understand the UK scene, and these 6 sessions aim to do that. I have led/created an MA in Creative Producing and since lockdown a Zoom based Diploma in Creative Producing and both offer a chance for deeper understanding of the workings of the theatre industry here. I hope that this programme will help those hoping to present work in the UK to gain a clearer idea of what it is like here.  Together we will explore the fringe, midscale producing, regional theatre, and touch on the challenges of the West End.  We have a rich array of theatre across the UK to explore.”

The cost of this programme with all support materials is £750 payable in three instalments. £250 to secure the place, £250 before the first class and £250 by 1st October.  Applications are welcome with a CV and covering letter exploring why this course is useful to you, and what your future pathway may be.  Interviews will be held by Zoom with places awarded through the summer.

Applications should be sent to chris [at] chrisgrady [dot] org