Producers First is a 12-month pilot programme developed in partnership between Tamasha Theatre Company and New Earth Theatre, supporting the development of the next generation of ethnically diverse producers. The producers will meet online monthly for bespoke workshops and networking with industry professionals, as well as be assigned a mentor later in the course for tailored guidance as they manoeuvre to the next stages of their career.
Adrian is a theatremaker and the Artistic Director of Exit Pursued By Panda, a theatre company that promotes East & South East Asian creatives. He co-produced Tulips by Michael Beakhouse in a tour funded by the Arts Council in 2019; produced From The Rooftops for Reading Fringe Festival 2020; and produced Creating Apart in 2020. In 2021 he has expanded Creating Apart with Arts Council funding by including writers to create 30 new monologues for East & South East Asian voices.
Dimple is the Creative Learning Coordinator at Soho Theatre, working on Soho’s lab programmes and showcases. She’s dipped in the comedy world, performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and part of the Soho Rising Festival in 2019. She joined the industry 4 years ago after working for a medical research company.
Jasmine is a Hong Kong born-and-bred theatre maker. She was a graduate of the New Earth Writers’ Academy 2020 and is the admin of the BESEA Writers’ Group. She aspires to bring theatre to a more diverse audience through engagement with local communities.
Keshia Watson is an independent theatre and film producer – working with artists to articulate – bold, innovative and cool ideas into powerful drama for stage and cinema
Nadia Anim is a Theatre Maker based in Liverpool. She is excited to learn more about producing in order to achieve sustainability for her emerging collective Oxbow Theatre Co.
Naomi recently produced and co-hosted the School of HighTide podcast series and has produced digital content for theatre companies such as Coney and tiata fahodzi over the past year. Her film credits include Losing Pace, a short animation funded by BFI Network. She co-founded a theatre collective called 52 Collective, and co-produced their first play Flux, which was performed at Plymouth Fringe in 2019.
I am Natalie, a theatre and film producer originally from Hong Kong and now based in London. I gained transferable skills to producing through a wide range of roles, after training as Resident Assistant Producer at Theatre503, I was Box Office Deputy Manager for Pleasance; Development & Marketing Assistant for The Coronet Theatre; and now General Manager for Creative Youth. I’m interested in blending all of these skills and growing my confidence to lead projects from start to finish, independently through the Producers First programme.
Nayomi has been obsessed with storytelling in all its forms since childhood. With a background in Film, she is passionate about collaboration and has recently started to produce theatre which complements her interests in script development.
Nyanna Bentham-Prince (also known as Nia) is an emerging theatre producer of Black Caribbean British descent. She has studied BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Classical Studies at the Open University and a diploma course in Makeup Artistry with the Institute of Makeup Artistry (IMUA). From her very first producing experience at Sutton House, Nia’s long-term goal is to start a heritage-based theatre and events company that will produce works on popular or unheard historic episodes, people, and topics to highlight the importance of conveying a diverse collection of stories to add depth and value to our cultural framework by ensuring diverse representations and dispelling harmful misconceptions. She has previously worked for organisations including the National Trust, Southbank Centre, Theatre503 and Barbican Centre.
Vanessa Ng Ling-Yi
Vanessa is a Singaporean second year Arts Management student at Goldsmiths, University of London. Besides being an aspiring arts manager, she is a visual arts graduate from School of the Arts, Singapore and is working to learn more about how to make artistic dreams a reality through creative production. She hopes to tie her love for the interdisciplinary nature of arts with the creation of meaningful and relevant work, incorporating elements of design into the performing arts. Currently, she is the producer for Scratching Collective @scratching_ , a startup production company for emerging artists.
Winnie is a Writer, Dramaturg/Script Editor & Producer. She recently founded a project called ‘7BlackWomen’ a collective of black female creatives, producing new content. Programmes: Introductory to Playwriting & Script Panel 2021 at The Royal Court. Script reader at Nouveau Riche. Previous work as a writer: Heard (Co-Writer) Camden People’s Theatre, Yemi (Nouveau Riche & Omnibus Theatre). She has also performed at: Stratford East Theatre, Pleasance Theatre, New Diorama, Ovalhouse (Brixton House) & Camden People’s Theatre.
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