Producing for the arts masterclass

Defining a strategy for success

Civil Disobedience Productions is delighted to announce the first in our series of professional development masterclasses aimed at emerging live arts producers.

Producing for the arts

This one-day seminar on producing work for Fringe festivals and beyond will be hosted by Civil Disobedience and will feature an array of guest speakers, panel discussions and break out sessions.  The day is designed to help you get to grips with the fundamentals of presenting work in competitive marketplaces and will have a strong focus on participating in arts festivals.

Have you got international Fringe ambitions? We can help.

Are you a live arts maker interested in creating a platform for your work during some of the largest arts festivals in the world?

This 6-hour session, delivered by Civil Disobedience Productions, will help you prepare to do just that.

With honest advice on the pitfalls of entering some of the most competitive marketplaces in the creative sector, this session will:

  • guide you through the pros and cons of venue partnerships
  • examine festival ecologies closely, identifying the opportunities for your work – and map out the biggest threats
  • offer practical guidance on marketing, PR and promotional activity specifically for the Fringe environment
  • explore how to maximise your exposure to arts industry buyers and drill them for the chance to progress your work into the international market

With a mix of panel discussions, case studies and breakout sessions delivered by industry experts, our crash course in festival producing will empower any artist or organisation to take that first leap, while minimising risks.

Click here for more information on Producing for the Arts.

Civil Disobedience Productions was established in 2016 by former Fringe Society staffer, Barry Church-Woods, who brings with him eight years of insider experience, and a smorgasbord of producing credits on hit shows.

He’s widely regarded for his in-depth industry knowledge, as well as his work in supporting festival-wide strategy in engagement, inclusion and sustainability.

For artists though, he was ‘Barry, the Venues & Companies Manager, who hosted the Roadshow series and provided pastoral care, as well as crisis support for those in the thick of it’.

Since 2009, he chaired national and international panel and information events, presenting everywhere from the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC and Tuxedo Cat in Adelaide, to Barrow Street Theatre in NYC and The Young Vic in London.

During this time, he also delivered guest lectures for NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Columbia University (NYC), The Royal Academeny of Performing Arts (Prague) and Napier University (Edinburgh)

Barry is a native Scotsman, and has been working in festival, arts and event management for the past 20 years.

Prior to his role with the Fringe Society, he worked as a consultant for the Scottish Government, a Cultural Coordinator for Fife Council and an arts manager for local authorities throughout Scotland.

As an artist he was one of East Lothian Council’s Artists in Residence and Artistic Director of ‘The Art of Love Festival’ in Fife. He’s also worked as an actor, director and producer since 1995.

Read Barry’s top 3 tips for making the most of your festival experience.