“If you sound confident enough you can usually persuade people to take on an idea”

How do I become … a theatre producer

Alastair Whatley reveals that there is just as much drama off-stage as on it – and it’s not about the money

It was when he was stuck on a Welsh cliff top with a cast of mutinous, unpaid actors that Alastair Whatley might have buckled under the challenges of theatre producing; instead, he found a Chinese restaurant and begged a free meal for 20. The actors, finally fuelled, agreed to perform, and a year later Whatley returned to the restaurant and paid off his debt…..http://www.theguardian.com/money/2013/oct/01/how-become-theatre-producer

So you want to be a theatre producer?

Producing has never been harder, finds Matt Trueman, but a start-up fund is paving the way for wannabes to make the jump


How does an independent theatre producer ever get started? Well, consider this: any show needs investors. Investors need convincing with an attractive proposition, which means a strong creative team and an attractive cast. They need convincing too, which probably necessitates getting a theatre on board. How do you do that? Well, it helps to have investors and a decent proposal. How’s that for a pile up of Catch-22s?

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Sir Cameron Mackintosh – Sunday Times Rich List 2010

The theatre impresario has had a bountiful 12 months thanks to the success of the musical Oliver! The Scot began his working career as a stagehand and his big break came in 1981, when he produced the musical Cats. Estimated wealth of £635m, up 81pc on 2009.

About La (Paula) Mor

La (Paula) Mór is a theatre teacher and director. She has taught and directed in the UK and internationally for 20+ years, both at Secondary and University level. La is currently working on Jeju Island in South Korea at Branksome Hall Asia where she develops original, contemporary theatre with her students and continues research into the applications of the Viewpoints in Theatre Education. La has been trained in Anne Bogart's 9 Viewpoints by SITI Theatre Company and Zen Zen Zo and delivers international Viewpoints training to young people, undergraduates, performers and lecturers. Academic background: BA(Hons) Bristol University; PGCE Leeds University; MA Applied Theatre, Central School of Speech and Drama.

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