Introduction to Producing

Applications for the 10 week term beginning 4 April are now open!

Presented by Theatre Peckham, and led by theatre, festival and participatory arts producer Adrian Gardner (Lyric Hammersmith Theatre), you’ll find out how to put together an event that bangs over 10 weeks. 

The essential skills of producing can be applied to all kinds of work regardless of the scale; whether it’s indoors or outside, touring or site-specific, digital or in-person, immersive or otherwise, by the end of the course you’ll have learned the do’s and don’ts of creative producing.

After a series of sessions focusing on specific areas of creative producing (budgeting, curation/programming, marketing, etc.), you’ll work towards collaboratively producing your own event or installation at Theatre Peckham that showcases the work of artists.

You’ll be given a budget towards funding your event and, working with the featured artists, will have total creative control on how you want to showcase their work. The sky is the limit (well, your budget is the limit really but don’t let that stop you)!

Jumping in and out of festival mosh pits. Shazaming tunes on the sly. Waiting in the rain for the night bus home. Selfies in front of expensive looking art at galleries you can’t remember the name of. Spilling drinks at the block party. Nursing your fingers after clicking your way through an entire poetry night. Quietly sobbing after trying (and failing) to secure press night tickets… 

We all love events, and how the best ones leave us feeling and thinking way after it’s done. But how do you put one together that will leave other people wanting more? Though these experiences may feel like distant memories, we want to prepare the next generation of Black* artists, curators, organisers and promoters with the knowhow on putting on meaningful productions. 

Young Producers 2021

Images above from [re/Glitch], a celebratory event responding to Jenn Nkiru’s short film Black Star: Rebirth is Necessary, and explored gender, body, time, and Blackness.

Young Producers 2022

Images above from DEAR BLK LDN, a one-night event celebrating the beauty of euphoria and joy in London’s Black communities. The event included spoken word, a screening of short films, and an art exhibition. 

Young Producers 2023

When and where

The Young Producers meet at Theatre Peckham every Tuesday, 7 – 9pm, from Tuesday 4th April. The programme runs for 10 weeks. 

This programme is specifically for Black* people aged 17-25 in order to redress the imbalances and severe underrepresentation of Black arts producers in the cultural sector. We believe it is crucial for the people behind the scenes who are producing artistic experiences to share cultural, social and political contexts with the artists they are working with to instil a sense of safety, legitimacy and belonging for all involved.   

*We define ‘Black’ as people of Black Caribbean, Black African, Afro-Latinx, Afro-Arab and African-American heritage. This also includes people of mixed-Black heritage.


To apply please click below to fill out the form.

Alternatively, you can apply via a video or audio clip. You video or audio clip should be no longer than two minutes and should answer the following questions:

Please send your video/audio clip and a completed equal opportunities monitoring form to Jamel Alatise, our Young Peckham Coordinator, by the closing date below.

Closing Date for applications: noon, Tuesday 21 March 2023.