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On Producing: Industry, Infrastructure and Cultures of Change

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O'Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, National University of Ireland Galway

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This event investigates the role of the producer and the processes of production with a particular emphasis on how change can be facilitated to occur. The primary analysis is directed at producing for theatre and performance, but takes account of the intersections and relationships with the wider creative arts industry. This event is intended to examine producing from multiple perspectives and areas of expertise, including the history of producing, networks and training, hosting and touring, festivals and events, budgets and financial planning, the impact of identity politics at policy and decision-making level, and the development of storytelling content.

Key questions this event asks, include:

  • What is the current state of training for emerging producers in Ireland and Europe today, and how can training opportunities be developed and supported?
  • What are the most important skills a producer should hone to nurture and sustain a career?
  • What are the most significant opportunities and threats facing producers today?
  • What policies should be reviewed, and, what policies should be implemented to ensure a safe and professional work culture is maintained?
  • Should a study/ies into past practices concerning theatre and performance production be commissioned to examine and address issues regarding discrimination and/or identity politics?
  • What type of change still needs to occur to lay the groundwork for a more fertile and equitable creative workforce to emerge?

2-3.30pm: Working Group 1

Chair: Miriam Haughton

Lucy Kerbel, Director, Tonic Theatre UK

Una NicEoin, Executive Producer, Prime Cut Productions

Anne Clarke, Producer, Landmark Productions

3.30-3.45: Break

3.45 – 5.15: Working Group 2

Chair: Roisin Stack

Jen Coppinger, Head of Producing, Abbey Theatre

Louise Lowe, Co-Artistic Director, ANU Productions

Craig Flaherty, Cultural Producer, Galway 2020

5.30: Wine Reception and Book launch

Staging Trauma: Bodies in Shadow (Palgrave, 2018) by Miriam Haughton

Introduced by Prof Niamh Reilly (NUI Galway), Launched by Louise Lowe (ANU) and Cathy Leeney (UCD)



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