Winter Mentoring Fête

30th November 6.00-9.00pm
Somerset House
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Improbable and Somerset House are partnering up for this year’s Winter Mentoring Fête …

        … a fantastic opportunity to pick the brains of theatre companies who have been there, done that, got it wrong, (sometimes) got it right, and learned a lot along the way. With a great line up of mentor companies, we invite you to come and share their diverse experiences whether you are, just starting out, or long established, studying or just jumping straight in. Mentor’s experiences range from producing, directing, Creative Coordinators and General Managers, giving you an insight into the different possibilities of working in the theatre industry.

The evening starts with a speed dating style set up which allows you to move from table to table meeting each of the ‘mentor’ companies in turn. This is followed by a relaxed networking format for you to go back to any mentors who really struck a chord and ask any burning questions you might have. This could be about fundraising, producing, dealing with artists, dealing with venues … anything – the room is your oyster.

All this with the festive magic of mince pies, music and lots of fairy lights.

The event is limited to 30 places – advanced booking essential!

Mentors at the Fête:

Arcola – Associate Producer – Nick Connaughton

Clod Ensemble – Producer – Roxanne Peak-Payne and General Manager – Olivia Amory

Fuel – Projects Producer – Sarah Wilson-White

Improbable – Executive Director – Ben Monks and Open Space Producer – Sarah Grange

Tall Stories – General Manager – Charlotte Lund and Creative Coordinator – Natalia Scorer

Kandinsky – Writer-Producer – Lauren Mooney

Arcola – Associate Producer – Nick Connaughton

Arcola is one of London’s leading off-West End theatres. Locally engaged and internationally minded, Arcola stages a diverse programme of plays, operas and musicals. World-class productions from major artists appear alongside cutting-edge work from the most exciting emerging companies. By providing research and development space to diverse artists, Arcola champions theatre that’s more engaging and representative. 

Nick Connaughton is Associate Producer at Arcola. He established and produces the PlayWROUGHT New Writing Programme, which developed the smash hit Clarion, manages the ArcolaLAB development scheme, and was a featured contributor to Play Readings: The Complete Guide for Theatre Practitioners by Rob Urbinatti (UK/US Focal Press, 2015). He was previously Head of Creative Engagement and programmed and produced all work for younger audiences, and for Arcola’s five acclaimed community performances companies and youth theatre’s.  For Arcola Queer Collective he adapted and directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream (with Pat Cash, Jan and Dec 2015) and The Little Prince (Jan and May 2016). He also devised and co-directed BOY (Arcola and Wilderness Festival, with Tony Adigun of Avant Garde Dance), as well as numerous productions and projects across London and Central Europe.

Clod Ensemble – Producer – Roxanne Peak-Payne and General Manager – Olivia Amory

Clod Ensemble create provocative, finely crafted work, which is ambitious in scale and concept. We work with dancers, actors, musicians, medics, architects and orchestras. Our work is presented in London, across the UK and internationally in theatres, dance houses, galleries and public spaces.

Roxanne Peak-Payne is Producer for Clod Ensemble. In previous roles with Fuel, 14-18 NOW, The Old Vic and Theatre Royal Plymouth, she worked with artists and communities to create original performances and education programmes.

Olivia Amory is General Manager for Clod Ensemble. She has worked for ITC, World Stages London, The Print Room and Cheek by Jowl. Alongside her most recent role as General Manager at the Independent Theatre Council, Olivia produced work on the London fringe with her company Rough Haired Pointer.

Fuel – Projects Producer – Sarah Wilson-White

Fuel produces an adventurous, playful and significant programme of work – live, digital, and across art forms – for a large and representative audience across the UK and beyond. We collaborate with outstanding artists with fresh perspectives and approaches who seek to explore our place in the world, expose our fears, understand our hopes for the future, create experiences which change us and in turn empower us to make change in the world around us.

Improbable – Executive Director – Ben Monks and Open Space Producer – Sarah Grange

Ben Monks – Executive Director

In 2008 he co-founded production and management company Supporting Wall, and for them produced the Olivier Award-winning production of Mike Bartlett’s BULL with the Young Vic and world premieres of five plays by Philip Ridley including Dark Vanilla Jungle and Radiant Vermin. Ben has been producer for the Women Centre Stage Festival (National Theatre) and Birds Eye View, the UK’s Festival of women filmmakers at BFI Southbank; and was creative producer at the Tristan Bates Theatre from 2011 – 2016. From 2009 – 2010 he worked for the Koestler Trust, delivering arts mentoring for prisoners and secure patients.

Sarah Grange – Open Space Producer

Sarah is Improbable’s Open Space Producer, looking after all the Devoted & Disgruntled, and Open Space for Hire projects. She is also a multi-disciplinary performance maker and a writer, working with her own companies Sundogs and Kraken Studios. She has an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from Central School of Speech & Drama.

Tall Stories – General Manager – Charlotte Lund and Creative Coordinator – Natalia Scorer

Tall Stories brings great stories to life for audiences of all ages. Tall Stories is a registered charity which has become internationally recognised for its exciting blend of storytelling theatre, original music and lots of laughs. The company’s unique brand of physical storytelling theatre has toured from Cornwall to Aberdeen and from New York to Sydney. Tall Stories currently produces a mix of small-scale and larger-scale shows – the larger ones subsidising the smaller ones.

Charlotte Lund – General Manager

Charlotte looks after our international and small/mid-scale UK productions through tour booking, managing the logistics for international tours, talking with venues and presenters around the world and managing the day to day administration of the company.

Charlotte studied at  St Mary’s University, Twickenham and has worked with some of the leading companies and theatres in the UK including Punchdrunk, English National Opera, Fuel & The Gate Theatre, Notting Hill. 

Natalia Scorer – Creative Coordinator 

Natalia looks after our casting and creative teams including contracts, tour and travel logistics and assisting with the development of new shows. She also looks after our website, social media and newsletters and helps to coordinate special events like charity galas or schools workshops. Natalia studied at the University of Birmingham and prior to Tall Stories, worked at the New York and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, in children’s casting for West End musicals and has directed musicals and concerts in Edinburgh, Birmingham and London.

Kandinsky – Writer-Producer – Lauren Mooney

Lauren Mooney is a writer, producer and arts administrator. She is a graduate of the Royal Court Playwriting course and is writer-producer for Kandinsky, an associate company of New Diorama Theatre. She’s also written extensively about arts and culture for Exeunt, The Stage and The Guardian, and is the Literary Producer at Clean Break.

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