Performing Arts Business Day

January 21, 2014 – 09:30 am

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Performing Arts Business Day
Tuesday 21 January 2014, 9.30am – 4pm

A day designed for students to learn about the workings of a creative business, by taking part in workshops led by industry professionals. It will give Performing Arts BTEC and A-Level students the chance to explore the business and backstage aspects of performing arts businesses.

Each student will participate in two practical workshops designed to explore roles within the theatre and performing arts sector.

Students will choose in advance from the following workshops and spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis:

Technical Theatre
Led by Simon Gray, Technical Manager of The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre
Simon has been the Technical Manager at The Spring for over 10 years. He knows all there is to know about managing performances in small scale venues and will share his vast experience. Explore the preparation that takes place before a performance, what happens during a show and learn the secrets of working backstage.

Set Design
Led by Carl Davies, Award-winning Freelance Set Designer
Carl is a well known set and costume designer. Participants in this session will design a set from scratch, explore how to deliver to a Director’s brief and learn about the challenges for designing for touring theatre productions.
Carl has designed the set for Vamos Theatre’s mask theatre performance Finding Joy, which will be performed at The Spring on Thursday 6 February.

Venue Management
Led by Sophie Fullerlove, Director of The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre
Every event that takes place in arts centre in managed from behind the scenes and goes through a number of steps before the lights go down. Learn about the process from programming and marketing to the considerations on the day, and then plan your own event based on what you have learnt.

Directing and Creative Learning
Led by Lucy Phillips, Creative Learning Director at Forest Forge Theatre Company
Most theatres and arts centres have education programmes to accompany performances. Find out how and why these are developed and have a go at creating your own drama project to accompany a performance. Lucy will also talk about her experience of directing professional productions and give some hints and tips on how to direct a production.
Lucy is directing Keep Smiling Through, a professional production that will be performed at The Spring as part of the Forest Forge Battle Lines project on 27 and 28 March 2014.

The day costs £25 per student, with accompanying teachers free.
Bookings must be made by Friday 13 December 2013.

To make a reservation for a group booking please complete the Group Booking Form. An invoice for the booking will be sent once this has been received.

To make a reservation for an individual please complete the Individual Workshop Selection Form and return it with a cheque payable to The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre.

For further information please contact Sophie Fullerlove, Director on 023 9224 9067 or email:

The Performing Arts Business Day will be held at The Spring, East Street, Havant, PO9 1BS.


Performing Arts Business Day
Tue, 21 January, 2014 9:30 am
The Spring
Mon, 4 November, 2013
The Spring
023 9247 2700
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The Spring Arts & Heritage, 56 East Street, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 1BS, United Kingdom

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