Issue: I’m a producer. Do you have something you want me to produce?
Convener(s): Paul Cabrelli
Summary of discussion, conclusions and/or recommendations:
Also: Connecting producers and projects generally
Useful resources: www.producershub.com
SOLT – Society of London Theatres
BAC – young producers network
MA or MFA in Producing
Anthony Nielson “The Cencors”
“China Plate” in the Midlands
Problems with Producers:
1 You feel creatively threatened
2 Only interested in money-making (disputed by the producers present).
3 Should producers be in at the start of a project or in later (most producers want to be involved from the start). Some producers want to do just the “nuts and bolts”; others wand creative involvement.
Producers can help you by:
1 Developing an “arts culture” and theatre on a wider scale.
2 Helping you to take a risk.
3 Being a strategist.
4 Being an administrator.
5 Being a project manager.
6 Facilitating artistic development.
7 Most producers do not want to simply find the money.
8 Being a mentor and partner
9 Being a spokesperson for the audience.
10 Providing networking opportunities.
Is being a producer creative?
1 Can help you to see the potential of the work.
2 Can help you stretch the work.
3 Can help by embracing the artistic vision.
4 Can help by creating the environment to make everyone look better.
5 Can help by responding and building.
6 Putting “fuel in the tank”.
1 Do producers have to be passionate about their project?
2 What is the relationship between directors and producers?
3 Are producers interested in process or product?
4 Is anybody interested in international collaboration?
5 Most producers want to see the show not a video of it.
6 Should you stay in London or go to the provinces? Very London-centric, increased vibrancy in regions