Calling producers of the future

Published: 21 June 2021
Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

Chris Grady

Applications can now be made for the third cohort of the CGO Institute's Diploma in Creative Producing which sees twelve would-be producers following a Zoom-based 16-week course starting 1 November.

Traditional MA courses can cost in excess of £9,000 making them unaffordable for a large number of students, and exclude many others on grounds of academic qualification. The cost of this non-accredited CGO course is £2,800 and a bursary is being made available for hardship fee support.

Course leader Chris Grady said, “I am delighted by the inspiring array of next generation producers who have already come through the DipCP programme. A testament to their dedication is the fact that every time I ask a top industry professional anywhere in the world to meet or mentor one of our future theatre-makers, that person says yes.

"What is also wonderful is how much each cohort learns from the collaborations they make together. They share very different ambitions—some want to work in commercial theatre, others in making a difference within a very specific community or culture. They come from backgrounds in lighting design, stage management, acting, writing, design and student producing. Together they learn the tools and the rules they will need to move into the business where they can change the world, one show at a time.

"I have no idea who will be part of the third cohort, but I can’t wait to work with the faculty to shape a course which works for them.”

Producing, Proper Job, Honest is a series of shorter independent Zoom workshops which are also available.