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Produce Your First Play with Tanya Truman: Theatre503 Writers’ Programme

3 Oct - 31 Oct 2024
Written by Tanya Truman
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Theatre503 Writers’ Programme: Produce Your First Play,  Tanya Truman

Theatre503’s producing course returns! Independent producer Tanya Truman will lead you through this 5-week course with an emphasis on producing your first production. Whether you are interested in producing your own work, or learning the ropes as an independent producer – this is for you.

Week 1 – Introduction to producing, what is a producer? What do we actually do? All producers are different, but there are many misconceptions about the role of a producer – and the role of a producer on a small-mid scale project can drastically differ to large scale commercial producers. In this session we will establish the key areas of the producer’s role, with a particular emphasis on producing at Theatre503. From fundraising & budgeting to creative development, bringing together a creative team, marketing and promoting the production, wellbeing/HR – an more!

Week 2 – Fundraising. Here we will go into detail about Arts Council funding, but also other ways to raise money, including donors, investors, organisational support, corporate sponsorship/partnerships. Each project is so different and there is no cookie cutter way to raise funds. Participants will be asked to bring a project or idea of their own to the table in this session, and we will creatively brainstorm ideas of how they can aim to raise funds (alongside ACE) for their particular projects.

Week 3 – Marketing and branding. This session will be focussed on branding your production, coming up with a strategy of how to reach audiences, from social media to trailers and artwork concept, and who you might wish to bring on to the team to support.

Week 4 –  Collaborative leadership model. Working alongside your core team (writer/director) to create a collaborative workflow to share the load when producing on this scale. This is so crucial and setting these boundaries from the very start is essential to the success of the project, avoiding burnout and making sure you are working as a team. None of us are doing it for the money at this scale so it’s important you are working with collaborators who you enjoy working with, and can have a really transparent working relationship! We will also discuss here how to utilise members of the team effectively, skill sharing and bringing on multi hyphenates.

Week 5 – Pitching. How you pitch and talk about your shows is vital, whether it’s to industry folk, investors, or prospective audiences, having a tailored pitch is key. In this session, we will ask participants to present a short pitch of one of their upcoming shows/ideas, tweaking it for various different people/scenarios. As a group we will offer positive feedback as well as developmental tips for how to strengthen.

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. If you would like to book a Share The Drama bursary for the Writer’s Programme, please call our box office on 02079787040.

If you have any access requirements, you can let us know by contacting filling out the Google Form linked here or contacting Theatre503 via our Writers’ Programme email, or by calling 02079787040. You can view what we currently are able to offer on our Accessibility page.

Maximum class sizes are 16. A portion of spaces have been reserved for Share the Drama places.

This course will take place online via Zoom. 

Dates: Thursday’s, 7pm – 9:30pm. 3rd October, 10th October, 17th October, 24th October and 31st October.

Tanya Truman

Tanya is a producer and performer from North London. She was a recipient of the Stage One 2022 Bursary Award and was selected for the Stage One New York Exchange programme in 2023.

As producer she has developed and produced These Demons (Theatre503), Pickle (Soho Theatre, Park Theatre + Tour) and has commissioned new musical Becoming Nigella, currently in development, which has been presented at BEAM in 2023, The Other Palace, and Manchester Jewish Museum. Tanya also co-runs Jewish theatre company Emanate Productions where she has co-produced The Arc: A Trilogy of New Jewish Plays at Soho Theatre in 2023, and is developing various new projects for 2024/25.

Alongside her independent projects, Tanya has worked for commercial production companies Smith & Brant, and most recently Simon Friend Entertainment where she was Associate General Manager on UK Tours Drop the Dead Donkey and Here You Come Again.


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