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503Studio Spring 23: Producing Your First Play

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503Studio: Producing Your First Play

Five weekly Wednesday sessions from Wednesday 22 February to Wednesday 22 March, 7 – 9.30pm. The sessions will take place over Zoom.

For anyone who has THE project, and wants to make it happen. Over 5 weeks we’ll cover the basics and the detail of everything it takes to produce your first play, including programming and venue deals, assembling and managing creative teams, budgeting, fundraising and marketing. There will be opportunities to meet and learn from other practitioners, and to learn through doing with practical tasks. Participants of this course should be actively looking to undertake their first producing role, whether this is through self-producing or solely as producer, and may or may not have a production lined up, but no prior producing knowledge or experience is necessary.

Thanks to our Share The Drama scheme, we want to make sure those of you who are struggling in the current climate can still take part in our Writers Programme. While we prioritise anyone who is long term unemployed and/or claiming benefits, we’re also offering subsidies if you’re in financial difficulty as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

To express interest in a bursary place through our Share The Drama scheme, please sign up here. If you would prefer to speak directly to a member of our team about your circumstance or to ask for more information about this scheme, please contact us.

If you have any access requirements, you can let us know here. If you would rather discuss any access requirements and how we can accommodate them prior to booking, please get in touch with us here.

Maximum class sizes are 14. A portion of spaces have been reserved for Share the Drama places.

To sign up for advanced booking for future iterations of the 503Studio: Writers Programme, please join the waiting list here.

Dates/Times: Wednesday 22 Feb (7-9.30pm); Wednesday 1 March (7-9.30pm); Wednesday 8 March (7-9.30pm); Wednesday 15 March (7-9.30pm); Wednesday 22 March (7-9.30pm).

Ceri Lothian is the Producer at Theatre503, where she heads up programming, line producing of in-house productions and supporting co-productions, and runs the Trainee Assistant Producer scheme. Credits as Producer at Theatre503 include The Boys Are Kissing by Zak Zarafshan, Milk & Gall by Mathilde Dratwa (Dir. Lisa Spirling) and Moreno by Pravin Wilkins (Dir. Nancy Medina). Ceri started her career as Resident Assistant Producer at Theatre503 from 2015-2016, working on new writing productions that included the World Premieres of And Then Come The Nightjars by Bea Roberts and Rotterdam by Jon Brittain (Olivier Award Winner 2017).

She was Associate Producer & General Manager at Deus Ex Machina Productions from 2016-2021, where credits include: DUST by Milly Thomas (West End & Off Broadway), Working (Southwark Playhouse), Spring Awakening (Hope Mill Theatre), The Rink (Southwark Playhouse), The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole: The Musical (West End) and RIDE (West End). Ceri was Producer for Worst Absurd Theatre Company (Lean, Green, Eating Machine, Brighton Fringe Festival) and has produced new comedy writing and scratch nights around London and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She is an advocate for Working Class Artists, and an Ambassador for Inspiring The Future of Theatre with SOLT and UK Theatre. Ceri has also worked as a freelance marketing manager, including extensively on comedy and theatre projects with Soho Theatre.


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