Training initiative for theatre producers

Are you interested in overseeing a performance successfully being put on stage? Are you highly organised? Are you the collaborative coordinator on a creative process? Are you doing exactly what a theatre producer does, without realising?

Stage One helps emerging theatre producers get firmly on the first rung of their careers by providing the skillset needed to make them ready for commercial theatre. We’ve created Bridge the Gap to make sure that more people can build on the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career in commercial theatre producing. 

What is Bridge the Gap?

Bridge the Gap is Stage One’s new initiative that has been developed in order to specifically cater to those that we have identified are under-represented on Stage One’s current programmes.

Stage One aims to build a long term relationship with emerging producers, expand their networks and support them in the next stage of their producing careers through a range of training opportunities.

Bridge the Gap will offer:

  • A free place on our renowned three day new producers workshop in either May or October (worth £425) which will equip our group with information given by industry professionals to bring their producing concepts to reality on the West End.
  • Tailored "Stage Two" masterclasses focusing on career progression and development, which will be specifically adapted to the needs of our participants.
  • Regular group tickets and access to theatre shows and press nights from our current Stage One producers and by members of our council. 
  • Placement on a yearlong mentorship scheme – Over the course of the year, participants will be partnered with a mentor that we believe will be able to support, develop and cater to their commercial producing needs.
  • Monthly group meetings with Stage One staff and community who will check in and offer space to help with their development, offering employment and industry support.

“Change needs to happen across our whole industry. We want to encourage and be a part of that change, which is why we have created Bridge the Gap. We identified that there were people who weren’t engaging with our training – whether that be for personal, financial or other circumstances and wanted to address it. We hope that this unique and bespoke scheme can welcome a better represented pool of producers in to Stage One and enable them to participate in the work we do.”

- Joseph Smith, Chief Executive

Apply for Bridge The Gap

How To Apply

To apply to be a part of Bridge The Gap 2019/20, you'll need to become a Stage One member. Becoming a member gives you access to all application forms as well as opportunities and resources for emerging producers.

Applications for 2019/20 are now closed.


If you have any questions about Bridge the Gap, please get in touch with Siobhan on 0207 557 6752 or email [email protected]


We’re not looking for people with specific producing experience, but that have a solid understanding and have explored this as a career before now. We are looking to build a long-term relationship with people who have an interest in commercial theatre producing, who have not had the means to be able to access it.

Yes – you do not have to work in theatre to be eligible. As long you can demonstrate an understanding of and interest in commercial theatre producing and fit our criteria, please do get in touch with Siobhan if you have any questions- [email protected]

If you’ve applied for a Stage One development programme and have been successful, unfortunately you are not eligible for this initiative. We are attempting to open the doors to those have not been able to access support for commercial theatre producing before.

Apply for this programme. The reason why we have created this programme is to build and maintain a long-term relationship with those that need this support by kick-starting their career in theatre producing

Stage One is a charity set up to support emerging theatre producers and is not able to facilitate the work of actors or writers. However, if you are an artist who wants to transition into producing and have an understanding of what it takes to be a producer, this may be a beneficial programme for you to adapt and refine your skills within the theatre industry.

We have built this programme to be adaptable to work for those that are employed. Some session are in the evenings and weekends, however most sessions will be during weekdays in the afternoons. If successful, we will work together with you to ensure you are able to participate in as much of the training as possible.

The programme is designed for approximately 10 producers, however we will respond according to the demand of this year’s application


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