The Producer Farm is a joint initiative between Dance Umbrella, Fuel, Bristol Old Vic FERMENT, In Between Time and Coombe Farm Studios. The week-long residency for creative producers aims to provide time and space to consider your current work and future potential.






“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



Now in its fourth year, the week-long residency for creative producers returned to Coombe Farm Studios in Dittisham, Devon in June 2019. This year’s cohort, including international participants from Chile and China, was for people with ten years or more of producing experience.


While I knew in theory that finding time and space for reflection was important, actually doing it was way more powerful than I imagined. The range of producers, partners and speakers was wonderful. Each with very different experiences but easy to find common ground with.2019 Participant


Producer Farm 2019 Participants:
  • Chloé Naldrett Elwood, UK
  • Nancy Galant, Belgium
  • Christine Grimwood, UK
  • Henriette Kassay–Schuster, Australia
  • Bryony McIntyre, UK
  • Jocelyn S. Mills, UK
  • Michelle Rocha, Hong Kong
  • Mayo Rodriguez, Chile
  • Jo Verrent, UK
  • Jen White, UK


Producer Farm 2019 speakers:
  • Matthew Austin
  • Pelin Basaran
  • Dan Canham
  • Jonzi D
  • Rob Hopkins
  • Alex Mecklenburg
  • Rachel Nelken
  • Geetie Singh-Watson
  • Kate Yedigaroff


Producer Farm is an important and unique space of coming together, sharing. listening, feeling and learning so rare in our line of work. The experience will give all of us renewed energy and enthusiasm and resilience for our work.2019 Participant



The residency takes place at Coombe Farm Studios, Dittisham, Devon.
The residency offers:
  • Structured learning from inspiring professionals
  • Dedicated time to reflect on and refresh your ideas and practice
  • Networking and discussion with peers and senior industry professionals
  • A beautiful rural environment, dedicated to growing creativity
Who it is for:
  • Producers who have been working professionally in any field of contemporary performance for 10-15 years
  • People with a strong desire to expand their capacity and capabilities as creative producers
  • People excited by reaching audiences through the power and quality of new work
  • People who are open to new ideas and sharing with their peers


PRODUCER FARM 2016 – 2018

‘Such an incredible, unique, timely and invaluable experience’  Bonnie Mitchell, 2017 Participant
‘The best thing about the experience has been the opportunity… Just to reconnect with why we do what we do. How we might do it better’ – Lisa Maguire, 2017 Participant