Join The Optimists!

Posted on 19 September 2018

China Plate and Warwick Arts Centre in partnership with the Belgrade Theatre bring you The Optimists 2018, a unique training course for emerging theatre makers and aspiring producers, offering an insider’s view of navigating the independent theatre industry and getting your work out there.

In the last two years have you…

- Decided to become a professional theatre maker?

- Started to produce theatre work professionally?

- Decided that you want to build a career making theatre?

The Optimists 2018 offers a vital introduction to the craft of making work in a professional context and building your professional network, de-mystifying the process of the administrative and organisational aspects of making theatre. Drawing on our extensive experience and real examples, The Optimists will arm you with knowledge and insight on the practicalities of making, funding, touring and marketing your work.

“The Optimists is invaluable for anyone wanting to navigate the arts industry. I have learned more than I could imagine possible and met so many inspiring (and very useful!) contacts.” Chetna Pandya, Optimist Alumni.

The Optimists 2018 will take place in a range of venues across the East and West Midlands this autumn. It will start with a daylong session at Warwick Arts Centre on Saturday 27th October and end with another full day at the Belgrade Theatre on Saturday 8th December – with six evening sessions in between.

The course will be led by China Plate, ‘Finger on the pulse producers’ (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian); supported by the Belgrade Theatre including Tamasha Sustained Producer, Lian Wilkinson and guest industry experts.

“I came away from the programme feeling braver, more informed & more optimistic about making theatre than I ever have. I have so much information now & met a group of people who are experiencing many of the same challenges.” Caroline Horton, Optimists Alumni.

Bursaries are available to BAMER / PoC and D/deaf and disabled emerging producers and theatre-makers.

For information on how to apply, download the attached document.

Application deadline: Friday 28th September 2018