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Starting A Theatre Company

September 18, 2021 @ 8:00 am to September 26, 2021 @ 5:00 pm


About the programme

Do you want to start an innovative theatre or live performance company and produce exciting new work? 

Our 4-day interactive workshop can help you get started. Starting a company is a big undertaking that requires energy, resilience, and most importantly, preparation. 

Led by ADF and specialist guest facilitators, this is the opportunity to make plans for your dream company and identify the steps needed.

What will be covered?

  • Shaping your theatre company
  • Writing a mission statement
  • Identifying your core values
  • Business partners and key considerations
  • Understanding legal structures
  • Activity planning
  • Goal setting
  • Funding application writing: Arts Council England Project Grants.

Future Dates

Dates are available for this workshop in November.

What will you need?

A device to access Zoom. A desktop will be required for the sake of Zoom breakout room activities and for worksheet tasks. A notepad and pen or writing device.

Brought to you by…

Hannah Bentley-Arts, Council England

You’ll meet Hannah at the September workshop. Hannah has worked across production, producing and touring. As a graduate, Hannah worked at the Royal Court as Production Assistant, the Barbican where

 she started as an Assistant supporting the international programme and line producing new work with UK companies including Michael Clark, Bobbie Baker & Lone Twin. Hannah co-founded her own company and was awarded the Solt Stage One Independent Producer Bursary for this work. As Executive Director for Actors Touring Company Hannah worked with Bijan Sheibani to co-produce and tour work nationally and internationally including Tarell Alvin McCraney’s THE BROTHERS SIZE, Bola Agbaje’s GONE TOO FAR! (Albany/Hackney Empire) & Sarah Ruhl’s EURYDICE. Whilst at ATC Hannah was a trustee with the Pacitti Company and a Step-Change mentor. Hannah now lives in Leeds where she is Relationship Manager with Arts Council England and a trustee with local charity Manuel Bravo Project. Hannah has worked with ADF on the North Diversifying Boards events in Sheffield and Birmingham and the Board Shadowing Programme – Yorkshire Edition.

Cheryl Gallacher: Arts Council England (Nov)

Cheryl will be taking care of you at the November workshop. Cheryl is a Relationship Manager for the Arts Council, managing a portfolio of National Portfolio Organisations within the London theatre sector, as well as

one of London’s Creative People & Places projects – a programme that empowers people in places to choose, design and create their own creative opportunities. Cheryl has been a Director for Southwark Playhouse Education Partnership, as assistant director for Lyric Hammermith, National Youth Theatre and Cardboard Citizens, a facilitator developing & delivering drama programmes with young people in a range of settings for the Almeida, The Yard, the National Theatre, Spotlight Youth Centre, Half Moon Young People’s Theatre, Synergy Theatre Project, National Theatre Connections. Cheryl has directed A NEW BETTER YOU’ by Joe Harbot at the Yard Theatre, TRIBUTE ACTS by TheatreState (co-directing) National Tour, ‘An Alternative London’ devised with members of Crisis at the National Theatre, ‘THE FANNY HILL PROJECT’ by TheatreState (co-directing), ‘CHAPEL STREET’ by Luke Barnes at The Bush, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse. Cheryl is currently an Associate Director for The Yard.

Facilitating from ADF:

Sandra Thompson-Quartey

Kate Sarley

Ann Jones

How to book

Join us to take part 

Buy your ticket to get involved. Our workshops are exclusive to ADF members. Membership is free with optional paid subscriptions.

*Eligibility rules apply.


Access provision and reasonable adjustments will be made available at any stage for any candidates that require it. Please email us.


September 18, 2021 @ 8:00 am
September 26, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
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0204 551 2231
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