As Creative Producer for Barbican Theatre, my job is to support local artists in developing work and putting shows on our stages. It’s a pretty good job to have.
I’ve worked for the company since September 2013, initially starting as House Manager before eventually becoming our Creative Producer. Working in a small company means all the staff have a wide range of responsibilities, and for me it means I have both brought artists in to perform on our stages and have been the person selling the tickets for audiences to come and see the shows!
In terms of my role now, my responsibilities include:
Leading on our Thrive artist development programme
Organising workshops and events for local and emerging artists
Selecting shows to be performed on the Barbican Theatre stage
Meeting with artists to give them advice and support
Attending events across the country to represent Plymouth and our awesome artsts
Writing funding applications so we can offer even more opportunities
Making spreadsheets with nice colours and clever functions
Buying biscuits and snacks for the team
Fixing the photocopier when it gets jammed
I’ve spent a lot of my career as a freelance producer, and actually first started out as a producer by being involved with a project here at Barbican Theatre in 2008 called PiP Young Promoters – where a small group aged 16-25 put on events and helped programme shows in the theatre. It’s now my job to help more people have those type of experiences which help shape their careers.
Outside of my job here I’m a co-producer and founder of Plymouth Fringe Festival, which sees performances take place in venues across Plymouth (including Barbican Theatre!) during each May half term. I’m from Plymouth originally, but spent about five years working in London before starting my job here – delivering projects for companies like The Old Vic and Bush Theate as well as a lot of smaller companies. I went to London to do a Masters degree at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, which was great but super expensive – so I’m keen to help people in Plymouth by reassuring them they don’t have to go to London and get into loads of debt like I did!
I feel lucky to have a job where I get to meet so many amazing and inspiring artists, and I’m always happy to have a chat with people who may want some advice or support. Whilst small organisations like us don’t have all the time and money we’d like to help people out, we will always try do our our best – so feel free to get in touch.
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