NEW Spymonkey Online Professional Development Programme

Business workshop and project ideas MOT for theatre-makers.

Hello from Spymonkey on lockdown! We are excited to be bringing you a series of workshops and online discussion groups to lift spirits, develop skills and help you to move forward with your current works-in-progress projects.

We will host a series of Wednesday Workshops and Friday Garage of Broken Stupid Ideas sessions, all of which are ‘pay what you can’ – we would hate for you to miss out because times are tough and hope to encourage those who might not access this support otherwise. 

Please book your space through the Eventbrite links below. The booking page states the workshop is free however, after booking, you will be sent an email with a Zoom meeting ID and a link to make your ‘pay what you can’ contribution. All income made from these session will go directly towards our next Brassmonkey Bursary.

Wednesday Workshops
2pm-3.30pm (UK time)

Weds 20th May – The Business workshop #1 ‘Project Finance’
With Managing Artistic Director Toby Park & Producer Emily Coleman

This workshop is aimed at anyone working on getting a show/project off the ground, or in need of advice about writing and managing a simple project budget. We will get down to the nitty gritty of spreadsheets and finances and will use a sample project budget spreadsheet for you to take away. 

Spaces limited to 15 people.

Link to book: 

Weds 27th May – The Business workshop #2 ’Marketing’
With Managing Artistic Director Toby Park & Producer Emily Coleman

In this workshop we will look at general publicity and how to assemble a marketing pack for touring venues which will include tips for making promo materials and distribution across social media. There will be an opportunity to answer questions and address specific needs of participants.

Spaces limited to 15 people.

Link to book: 

Weds 3rd June – Spymonkey Devising Process
With Artistic Directors Toby Park & Aitor Basauri

This discussion / Q&A is a chance to gain an understanding of our process from early conception through to production.

Spaces limited to 20 people.

Link to book: 

Weds 10th June – Successful Collaborating
With Artistic Directors Toby Park & Aitor Basauri & Producer Emily Coleman

Hosted by our producer Emily Coleman, this discussion/Q&A will allow you to gain an insight into how we work with different directors, writers, musicians, choreographers, lighting designers etc to create our shows.   

Spaces limited to 20 people.

Link to book: 

All Wednesday workshops are ‘Pay what you can’  (suggested between £5-10 per person).

Garage of Broken Stupid Ideas
Fridays 4pm-5.30pm (UK time)

Bring your creative, silly ideas for a new project or show to our garage so we can help you take a good look under the bonnet. A chance for a consultation with Artistic Directors Toby Park and Aitor Basauri where we’ll use our experience to prod, poke and shake your idea, so that you can take it forward. Each idea will have a focused 30 minutes consultation time. Whilst ideas other than your own are being tinkered with in the garage, you can watch and learn from their process.

We are accepting a maximum of three ideas per garage session – your idea will be shared with us and two other companies/artists but an idea may be presented/represented by an individual or a group.

Dates for Garage sessions:

Friday 22nd May 

Friday 29th May – 

Friday 5th June – 

Friday 12th June 

Garage sessions are ‘Pay what you can’

*If the workshops and garage sessions prove popular, we may schedule more in the coming months*

*We can deliver additional workshops and creative sessions to theatres, arts centres or groups of creatives as private bookings. If you know an organisation or group who would benefit from one of these sessions, please feel free to pass on our information*

If you have any questions or difficulty with your booking please email 

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Posted by > 11 May 2020