Courses and Workshops

An Introduction to Creative Producing.  Book Tickets

"An M.A. in a day...!"
Soho, London.

This one-day workshop takes a unique overview of UK Theatre. 

WHAT IS IT?   What is the difference between a Creative Producer and a 'normal' Producer?  Where do Artistic Directors fit in?  What about Finance, the law, choice of plays or musicals? Then there's employing actors, working with creatives, commissioning new works, copyright, contracts, fundraising, other events, investing in theatre, parties and pitfalls! It looks at everything needed to put on a show or event or start a production or theatre company, from the local pub, to a national tour, to the West End of London. We have various guests, live and on video, who are theatrical specialists.  It will also touch on film and TV opportunities, Broadway, touring, commissioning new works, copyright, contracts, fundraising, other events, investing in theatre, parties and pitfalls!

WHO'S IT FOR?  It's for anyone who has ever felt a desire to create theatre and promote it.  Writers, investors, marketers, actors or directors or just those who are curious.  The introduction looks at the pros and cons of commercial production, setting up a theatre company and local/national touring.  It covers legal issues, contracts, working with creatives, and securing rights. It will also be useful to anyone who has considered investing in theatre, is interested in event production or is just curious about what a Creative Producer does!  Obviously, the course is UK based, but will be of interest to international practitioner too.

DO I NEED EXPERIENCE?  No previous knowledge is assumed although some of the content will depend on the make-up of the group.  You will be asked to answer a few brief questions when booking.  Previous participants at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and RADA have included students, amateur actors, producers, directors, TV executives, theatre administrators, arts council officers and writers. The feedback has been unanimously positive, so get in quick! 

"An excellent course - Nick combined solid helpings of advice and experience with sprinklings of anecdotal experience, which was a great combination."   Part Suspended Blog

"Thorough and enjoyable. It's saved me about 5 years!  And given me a great insight into the whole of British Theatre." Val James

The course is run by Nick Hennegan. Nick has successfully produced over 60 plays and created numerous events for blue-chip clients and leading ad agencies.  He has a Masters in Creative Producing for Theatre and Live Performance from Birkbeck College, University of London and has won numerous arts awards, including a bursary from The Society Of London Theatre's Stage One.  He will also offer signposts to further learning. 

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?  Tickets are limited and there has been no price rise from previous years.
The cost for the day and all documentation will be £79. Please book online.  You will be asked a simple question at registration and Nick will be in touch before the day with an agenda and detailed timetable. 


After MUCH debate and research we've decided to offer a virtual ticket to the 'Introduction To Creative Producing' workshop in Soho, London.  Now anyone in the world can join in!

We've always been about access and the first workshops were regional too - us being from Birmingham an' all!  But the technology is now good enough to allow us to offer a good quality experience. SO - if you'd like to attend, without the travel  (there's stilll a cost I'm afraid because of the extra technology) virtual tickets are now available for on-line attendance for £49.  You will need a tablet, phone or computer connected to the internet.  Everything else will be the same - apart from the coffee! The session is 11-6pm. A joining password and instructions will be sent before the event. Any questions, just holler! And maybe see you (virtually) in Soho.

Places are limited. Please book tickets here

There’s an added benefit to attending the workshop, too.  Successful applicants will enjoy unlimited access to the new website  


Business For Bohemians! Budget That Show!

Nick Hennegan is a writer who has had to learn the business of production!  The mantra 'Spreadsheets are our Friends' is repeated often.  As a result of feedback from the 'Introduction To Creative Producing' workshops above, we are drilling down into specific areas of production. 

The first session is in Soho, London - 'Budgeting a tour or production'. 

Things to look out for and pitfalls to avoid.  It's suitable for anyone arranging any sort of production, on any scale, from an event, to the fringe, to a national tour, to the West End.  PLEASE BOOK HERE.


Business For Bohemians! Promote That Show!

The second specialist session from the 'Introduction To Creative Producing' workshop - Promoting a tour or production.

So you have a fantastic show.  But there's an old adage - "If people don't know, people won't go!"  How can you get an audience without a huge advertising budget. We'll show you what you need to do.

Can't make the date?  Not in London? 

'An Introduction to Creative Producing' - online. See above

Sign up for the ONLINE 'Introduction To Creative Producing' course.