New York Exchange

Stage One & Columbia University Exchange

This is a brand new training opportunity for Stage One Alumni to learn how the producing model works in the States and to build a network of colleagues on Broadway as well as in the West End.  Our unique programme will offer 10 producers a grant to fly to New York and attend a week-long course facilitated by Columbia University and Stage One.  Across the week producers will attend sessions on a range of topics specifically focused on how the model differs in America as opposed to the UK. The Producers studying at Columbia University will then fly to London for a week-long programme on the model in the UK. The course is designed for Stage One producers who have produced a number of shows at a mid-large scale and are looking for the next step in their career.

Stage One can offer a grant of £1,240 to 10 Stage One producers to support the costs of travel, accommodation and expenses for the exchange. If accepted onto the exchange this will be paid in full and it is up to the individual to book.

The scheme has been designed for producers in between our Bursary and Start Up schemes who want to learn more about how to produce in the US. 

When will it take place?

Stage One producers will need to be in New York for sessions starting on Monday 16th September and finishing on Friday 20th September 2019.

Columbia students will be in London for sessions starting on Monday 13th January and finishing on Friday 17th January 2020.


Am I eligible?

  • I have attended the 3 day New Producer’s Workshop
  • I am eligible to travel to the U.S.A
  • I have experience in commercial producing at a mid to large scale
  • I aspire to produce in the U.S. in the future

How will the producers be chosen?

There will be 2 stages; first an application form then selected candidates will be invited to interview.  We are looking for producers who have taken part in at least one of Stage One’s development programmes with experience producing at a mid-large scale who can demonstrate a passion and desire to learn how work is produced in America.

How will it work?

Once the producers have been chosen and the grants awarded it is then up to producers to book their flights, accommodation and any visa requirements.   The sessions will start on Monday morning so producers need to book flights over the weekend before it begins.  The programme will finish on the Friday evening so return flights can be booked for the weekend.   The schedule will be available to producers well in advance so shows and meetings can be booked in around the seminars. 

Will I need to attend all of the sessions in New York and London?

The Stage One producers are expected to attend all of the training & development sessions in New York which may include some evenings.  We have factored in plenty of opportunities for individuals to see shows and to network.

When the Columbia students are in the UK, the Stage One producers will need to attend some sessions but not all. 

Applications are now closed for 2019/20