StageSource to Launch BASIC TRAINING Theater Workshops, 10/21
Basic Training: Strengthening Your Administrative Core is a series of six workshops covering topics that are key to successfully mounting Theater Productions, either as one-time events or as part of the establishment and running of a company. The series begins Monday, October 21st and concludes Monday, April 14th. All workshops will take place at the new StageSource offices located at 15 Channel Center Street in Boston's Fort Point area. Participants must be StageSource members. Take all 6 courses for $160 or take one class at a time for $40. To sign up for membership visit StageSource at www.stagesource.org. To sign up for classes visit http://www.stagesource.org/programs-and-events/basic-training/.
The series is designed for theater professionals who are running small or fringe organizations, who want to start up their own theater company, or who simply want to self-produce and present work without starting a company.
Series creator and StageSource Board Member Janet Bailey says, "We know there are many talented theater professionals who are capable of producing and presenting excellent work but who do not have the skills and knowledge necessary to handle the administrative side of a theater enterprise. This course is for them!"
The series consists of six workshops, led by area professionals who are experienced and knowledgeable in various facets of arts administration.
· October 21: Deciding on a Space
A panel of experts in both traditional and nontraditional theater spaces will discuss the pros and cons of each approach, including finding and using alternative spaces and front-of-house logistics.TBA: Tentative Darren Evans, Anita Lauricella, Scratch
· November 18: De-Mystifying Budgeting and Finance
It's not as complicated as you think! This session will introduce participants to the fundamentals of finance and budgeting for an individual production and for a company. Anita Lauricella
· January 27: Developing your Audience
Some basic techniques of marketing and public relations can help you fill the seats, and begin to build an enthusiastic and committed audience for your work. Janet Bailey
· February 24: Understanding Legal Issues
The complexities of the legal landscape will be explored: copyright, nonprofit status, human resources, and more. You'll be introduced to the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, who will be able to serve as a resource to you in the future. Megan Low
· March 17: Finding and Cultivating Donors
Funding for your production can come from many sources, and this session will cover the process of finding and cultivating donors, both institutional and individual. Sara Stackhouse
· April 14: Learning from Veterans
The final session is a panel of theater community veterans, who will offer their insights about successes and challenges when they were getting started. Julie Hennrikus, moderator.
Register online at www.stagesource.org. Pricing: Attendees are strongly encouraged to sign up for the full series. StageSource is offering a special discount for the inaugural 2013-2014 Basic Training series. Regular Price for all 6 classes is $240, the introductory special is $160. Individual classes are regularly $50, with an introductory rate of $40. Bring a friend to any workshop for an additional $25. Basic Trainingis open to StageSource members only. To become a member visit http://www.stagesource.org/programs-and-events/memberships-stagesource/. All sessions take place at the StageSource office, 15 Channel Center Street, near the Fort Point district (unless otherwise noted). Sessions are on Monday evenings and run from 6:00-9:00pm, with the final half-hour devoted to informal conversation and networking.