Creative and Producing Theatre Consultant
I am a Producer and Theatre Maker with 14 years of experience working in small-scale, devised theatre. My award-winning company Tessa Bide Productions has received 19 project grants, totalling roughly £300k, from Arts Council England in the past nine years and the company’s nine productions have toured nationally and abroad.
For each production, TBP strikes up new partnerships with National museums, charities and venues. Participation and outreach are also core to the company’s work, and every production is researched and developed closely with the target audience.
As well as creating my own work, I work as a performer and as a consultant for other artists and companies. My experience as both an artist and a producer positions me perfectly to support artist/makers and to understand the difficulties that can come from 'wearing both hats'. In fact, the 'hats' I often wear are: 'writer', 'dramaturg', 'director', 'outside eye', 'devisor', 'maker', 'designer' and 'puppeteer', with the occasional 'technical stage manager', 'sound and video editor' and 'puppet maker' thrown in.
HOW I WORK
I consult artists and companies to make excellent theatre for a wide range of audiences, but I specialise in young audiences and families. My work can be split up into two main areas: producing and creative.
Often, my help starts when clients have an idea for a show, but don't know what happens next. Or perhaps they've been rejected by Arts Council England and want help in getting a successful grant. I won't produce the work for them, but instead I support artists to learn the valuable skills to produce themselves, saving money long-term and building skills and contacts that artists can use for the rest of their careers. I can support you in building your brand, creating professional marketing materials and tour packs, writing funding applications, pitching your work, tour booking and organising tours.
How deeply we work together is up to you, we will start with an initial consulting session during which I will establish where you are with your current practice and how I can help. We will then decide together how to proceed and how much guidance you need to move forward. This could mean I give you pointers on how to write a funding application, for example, or a more in depth relationship where I proof and edit drafts you have written. This all depends on your budget and my availability. As an artist myself, I understand the limitations that come with our funding landscape so I will try to work with all budgets.
My favourite type of consulting is creative consulting during the production process. This could involve me being in rehearsals every day as a Director or Writer, or coming in for a few days to bring expertise as an Outside Eye, Dramaturg, Movement Director or Puppetry Director... or a combination of all of them. My extensive experience in working in small-scale, devised theatre means that I have strong skills in all these areas. Whether it's re-writing a scene, choreographing physical theatre or puppetry, or shaping the overall arc of a story, I can help you.
Black Lives Matter
BIPOC theatre makers are grossly underrepresented in our industry, and I am passionate about helping to change that. If you are a person of colour, please let me know and I'll offer a minimum of two, one-hour online consultancy sessions free of charge.