The second edition of our pioneering initiative for creative producers, Producer Farm, took place in June.

Producer Farm is a joint initiative from Dance Umbrella with partners Bristol Old Vic FERMENT, In Between Time, Fuel and Coombe Farm Studios. Responding to a need for support and on-going training for arts producers, the residency provided time and space in an invigorating environment for contemporary performance producers to refresh their current practice, and consider their future potential.

Participants in the inaugural 2016 programme now hold senior roles at National Theatre of Scotland, Manchester International Festival, and New Theatre Institute of Latvia.

This summer speakers included Craig Hassall, Chief Executive of the Royal Albert HallManohari Saravanamuttu, digital strategy and marketing consultant, and Jenny Sealey, Artistic Director of Graeae Theatre, as well as leaders from participating organisations. We also presented a special performance of Inua Ellams’ solo theatre show, An Evening With An Immigrant. See their biographies here.

The successful participants were selected by an industry panel to take part in the five-day intensive study at Coombe Farm Studios in Dittisham, Devon, from Monday 26 to Friday 30 June 2017:

Laura Collier, Virginie Dupray, LJ Findlay-Walsh, Lisa Maguire, Bonnie Mitchell, Rachel Nelken, Jisun Park, David Sheppeard and Marine Thevénet.

 “The Producer Farm is a unique opportunity to support producers at a vital mid-career moment. It enables these dedicated professionals, who have such a wide-ranging impact of the cultural scene here and abroad, to share dynamic practice, build networks, and to be inspired by industry leaders.”
Emma Gladstone, Artistic Director & Chief Executive, Dance Umbrella

Partner organisations

Dance Umbrella is London’s international dance festival, celebrating 21st century choreography across the capital. Since 1978 it has reached audiences of over one million, and supports artists to present great work in interesting spaces. Our aim is to entice audiences, nurture artists, innovate practice and stimulate interest in the power of the body in motion.

Bristol Old Vic FERMENT is the artist development department of Bristol Old Vic and is curated by Emma Bettridge. Ferment supports a huge community of theatre-makers from Bristol and the South West to develop exciting and adventurous new work. Within this ‘ferment’ it is our job to create a playful structure through which the best of these artists can explore their theatrical ideas in an on-going dialogue with audiences.

In Between Time is an international producer creating extraordinary events and the biennial IBT Bristol International Festival. Respected as a global pioneer of contemporary culture, IBT work across art forms to tell stories that inspire, awaken the imagination, or act as a catalyst for change.

Fuel aims to catalyse positive change in the world by producing new live performance by inspiring theatre makers for and with people across the UK and beyond. Fuel seeks to realise this vision by producing a programme of artistic work inspired by the ambition of the outstanding artists they support. Founded in 2004, Fuel works locally, nationally and internationally to develop, create and tour new performance to the widest possible audience.

Coombe Farm Studios is a rural centre dedicated to growing creativity. For over thirty years it has been a place for making & showing work, for meaning-making and for learning supported by a beautiful environment, great food and people who actively enable the creative process.

See a break down of the 2017 schedule here.

For further information contact Katy Manuel, Head of Marketing or 020 7257 9380