Four theatres chosen for Stage One producer training

Published: 23 November 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

“Delighted”: Stage One’s Joseph Smith

Birmingham REP, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Mercury Theatre Colchester and Cardiff's Sherman Theatre are to offer training opportunities for producers in 2020 through the Stage One regional placement scheme.

Stage One, a registered charity, started the scheme in 2013 in response to the success of its corresponding London programme which allows trainee producers to hone their skills in a West End producing office.

Emerging producers can apply for both the London and regional placement schemes when applications open on Friday 10 January 2020.

Joseph Smith, chief executive of Stage One, said the organisation placed a producer at the heart of a regional theatre’s production team.

“This enables a producer to learn from the regional producing team while at the same time adding to that team’s strength. We’re delighted to be partnering with the four theatres in the coming year.”

Sean Foley, artistic director of Birmingham REP, commented, “the REP has a history of supporting emerging artists from the region in their development, and we’re delighted to be working with Stage One again to create this opportunity as we enter a new era with myself as artistic director along with my new colleagues Amit Sharma, deputy artistic director, and executive director Rachael Thomas.”

Victoria Rope, producer at the Everyman and Playhouse theatres, added, “Stage One has made a significant contribution to the UK theatre landscape by providing this incredible opportunity to support early-career producers.”

Tracey Childs, executive producer at Mercury Theatre Colchester, said, “having taken part in the scheme five years ago, we understand exactly how valuable these placements are in nurturing and supporting new talent and we’re extremely grateful to Stage One for its essential work in enabling the development of the producers of the future.”

Julia Barry, executive director of Sherman Theatre, commented, “the nurturing of emerging talent across all disciplines is a key priority for us and to partner Stage One to support the development of a producer is very exciting.”