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Apprentice scheme for new producers extends into subsidised sector

  • Date: 17 October 2011
  • Area: National

Stage One, a charity committed to developing and supporting producers for the commercial theatre industry, is extending its highly successful Apprentice Scheme for New Producers into the subsidised sector in a ground-breaking new initiative.

The unique training programme, created to fill a skills gap in the industry, has flourished since its inception in 2007 when three apprentices were placed for one year in a handful of commercial offices in the West End.

Following consultation with a diverse group of subsidised producing companies, recent financial support from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation enables Stage One to invite applications from even more aspiring producers.

Stage One will be awarding three outstanding candidates the opportunity to spend six months in the commercial sector, then a second six months in the subsidised sector with host companies.

The new producers will become equipped to transfer the commercial skills learnt in the first placement and apply them within a subsidised organisation in the second half of their training.

The extension into the subsidised sector will run alongside the usual Apprentice Scheme for New Producers, which is purely in the commercial sector, and there will be six placements in 2011/2012.

The aim of both schemes is to offer a one year hands-on paid training opportunity for emerging producers to learn about all aspects of theatre production, providing a practical and detailed knowledge of producing across all departments.

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