Tues 30th June 6pm 
The Future of Producing Theatre 

March 2020 saw the UK industry close its doors, cancelling all theatre performances and upcoming productions until further notice in response to Covid 19. 

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This panel event brings Producers and Theatre Makers together to reflect on the current Covid torn theatre landscape and question what opportunities may be presented to us as we look to recover in our industry. 

Each panel member will be looking at producing, collaboration, technology and new ways of working,  giving a short response, inviting us all to discuss and consider what paths we may forge for the future development of performances and audiences

The Panel 

Emma Bettridge 

Kate Craddock 

Barra Collins 

Miranda Cromwell 

Emma Bettridge 

I am a theatre Producer, Director, Festival curator, and a children’s picture book writer. I work as a consultant producer for Vic Llewellyn, Bea Roberts, Laila Diallo, Katy Owen, Richard Crowe, Seamas Carey and Aga Blonska. I’m an associate producer for Kneehigh Theatre, an associate lecturer at Bath Spa University, on the Creative Producing Post Graduate course and an Artist Advisor for Jerwood. I am also a member of the Freelance Taskforce.

Dr Kate Craddock 

Kate is Founder and Festival Director of GIFT: Gateshead International Festival of Theatre, an annual artist-led festival celebrating contemporary theatre. www.giftfestival.co.uk  

Kate has combined working across academic roles and creative projects since 2005. She completed her practice led PhD in 2010 with the title: ‘Collaboration in Performance Practice: Trust, Longevity and Challenging Proximity’. Kate has worked as a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University and at Northumbria University, where she led on the industry focused MA Theatre and Performance programme (2015 - 2019). In September 2019 Kate took on a new role as Research Associate at Newcastle University where she is undertaking a three year research project exploring strategies for nurturing risk taking in audiences.  

As a theatre maker, Kate has presented her performance work to critical acclaim at a range of organisations across the UK and in multiple international festival contexts. Through GIFT, Kate presents a programme of contemporary theatre and performance that otherwise would not have a platform in North East England. Kate works closely with partners including BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Gateshead Council to deliver GIFT. Kate is a Trustee for ARC, Stockton Arts Centre and The Paper Birds Theatre Company. Kate was recipient of the Theatre Fellowship with the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme 2018/19, and undertook a secondment with HOME in Manchester. She is currently part of the British Council's GENERATE programme.

Barra Collins 

Barra is the Director of LAStheatre, The Enlightenment Café and Neverthere Festival. He is a performance lecturer at the National Centre for Circus Arts and a visiting director at Bath Spa University.

Following graduation, Barra worked with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe alongside their games designers to best communicate and present their titles.  He hosted SCEE’s stages at E3 (LA), gamescom (Cologne), PlayStation Day (London) and a number of PlayStation games launches. He went on to develop and manage experiential campaigns for Warner Brothers and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

Barra then returned to theatre, taking on both creative and management project roles with theatre companies and venues including Battersea Arts Centre, The Old Vic Tunnels, Manchester International Festival, Punchdrunk and the English National Opera.

In 2012, Barra began making his own work. His productions have won multiple awards and been described as ‘spellbinding’ (Manchester Evening News), ‘powerful’ (The Scotsman), ‘atmospheric’ (The Herald), ‘fascinating’ (BBC) and ‘thrillingly immediate’ (FT).

In 2020, in response to COVID-19, Barra founded Neverthere. Neverthere is currently working in three directions: hosting conversations about the future of making performance, organising digital residencies, and providing opportunities for artists to scratch and share digital/online projects.





Miranda Cromwell 

Miranda's directing credits include as co-director Death of a Salesman (Young Vic Theatre, West End) nominated for 5 Olivier awards including best direction and best play revival, as director Rockets and Blue Lights (Manchester Royal Exchange) Half Breed (Talawa Theatre/Soho Theatre/Edinburgh Fringe Festival/India tour), Magic Elves, Hey Diddle Diddle, Sense (Bristol Old Vic), Pigeon English (Edinburgh Fringe Festival/Bristol Old Vic), The Rest of Your Life (Bush Theatre) and Death and Treason (Bristol Old Vic/UK tour). As Associate Director to Marianne Elliott her credits include Company (Gielgud Theatre) and Angels in America (National Theatre/Neil Simon Theatre, Broadway) and to Sally Cookson on A Monster Calls (Old Vic/ Bristol Old Vic) and to Melly Still on Coram Boy (Colston Hall). As Assistant Director her credits include, Strife, An Enemy of the People (Chichester Festival Theatre), hang (Royal Court Theatre), and Swallows and Amazon and Far Away (Bristol Old Vic).

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