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Young Producers

So you want to be a Producer? 

Applications now open for Spring 2022! 

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.  

Presented by Theatre Peckham, supported by Nike London, and led by theatre, festival and participatory arts producer Adrian Gardner (Theatre Royal Stratford East, Fuel Theatre, Apples & Snakes), you’ll find out how to put together an event that bangs over 12 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, scheduling, curation/programming, contracting, stage management, marketing, partnerships and fundraising), you’ll work towards collaboratively producing your own event or installation at Theatre Peckham (or online if restrictions change) that showcases the work from other Young Peckham 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). 

Above are some images from [re/Glitch] a night created by the Young Producers from 2021. [re/Glitch] was 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

When and where
The Young Producers meet at Theatre Peckham every Thursday, 7-9.30pm, from 10 February 2022. The programme runs for 12 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 send us your responses to the following three questions:

You can apply in a way that feels comfortable to you: either by via a video, or audio clip, or written document. Your video or audio clip should be no longer than two minutes. Your written document should be no longer than one side of A4. Please also include your name and address.

Please send your responses and a completed equal opportunities monitoring form to Matthew Moore, Assistant Producer, by the closing date below.

Closing Date for applications: 9am, Monday 31 January 2022.