Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Mercury Theatre Colchester and Cardiff's Sherman Theatre have been announced as the hosts for theatre producers' charity Stage One's Regional Placement Scheme in 2020.
Stage One’s Trainee Producer Placement scheme offers unique hands-on training and development opportunities for outstanding entrepreneurial individuals. Stage One launched the Regional Producer Placement Scheme in 2013, in response to the success of their corresponding London scheme, 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.
The aims of the regional scheme are:
To graduate 4 outstanding individuals from the programme who have developed their producing knowledge and increased their commercial contacts over a 12-month placement.
To support subsidised venues in their plans to exploit work commercially and acknowledge the importance of the placements in supporting this cultural change.
Joseph Smith, Chief Executive of Stage One, said:
“The scheme aims to enhance communication, share knowledge and seed networks between the subsidised and commercial sectors. Stage One places an ambitious producer at the heart of a regional theatres production team. This enables the producer to learn from the regional producing team while at the same time adding to that team’s strength. We are delighted to be partnering with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Mercury Theatre Colchester and Sherman Theatre in the upcoming year.”
Sean Foley, Artistic Director of Birmingham Repertory Theatre said:
“The REP is extremely proud to be a 2020 host venue for The Stage One Regional New Producer Placement. 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 for an emerging producer to join us as we enter a new era with myself as Artistic Director, along with my colleagues, Amit Sharma, new Deputy Artistic Director and new Executive Director Rachael Thomas.”
Victoria Rope, Producer at the Everyman & Playhouse Theatres, said:
“Stage One has made such a significant contribution to the UK theatre landscape by providing this incredible industry focussed opportunity to support early career producers. The Everyman & Playhouse are proud to be partnering with Stage One to provide this unique opportunity for an emerging producer, as it will develop skills, give insight along with invaluable experience and offer a bridge into the industry for a young producer.”
Tracey Childs, Executive Producer at Mercury Theatre Colchester, said:
“The Mercury is thrilled to be a host venue for a Stage One Regional New Producer Placement in 2020, as our refurbished theatre opens for it’s important first season. 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 are extremely grateful to the Stage One charity for their essential work in enabling the development of the producers of the future.”
Julia Barry, Executive Director of Sherman Theatre, said:
“We are delighted to be embarking upon this relationship with Stage One having long admired their work in supporting producers to be able to take an important step in their early careers. The nurturing of emerging talent across all disciplines is a key priority for us at Sherman Theatre and to now partner with Stage One to support the development of a producer is very exciting.”