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Producing Masterclass with Kate Pakenham

As part of the Gate’s commitment to investing in the best Irish theatre talent, the theatre will be hosting a 4-part free online workshop series for up to 12 emerging producers across the last 2 weeks of March.  The series will be curated and hosted by independent producer, Kate Pakenham, who will bring together experienced international theatre professionals to share practical advice based on their varying perspectives and experiences.

Each workshop will be two hours long, and have a specific focus. Across the series, participants will receive insight into, and the opportunity to discuss: budgets, funding models, theatre festivals, producing in non-traditional venues, and theatre’s rapidly evolving relationship with online platforms.  Through the programme, participants will be encouraged to explore and develop their own tastes and interests as producers.

If you are an early-career theatre professional (with no more than 3 years experience), and considering a career in producing, please send a letter outlining your reasons for being interested in this course, and what you hope to get from it to michelle.king@gate-theatre.ie by 5 pm on Monday 1st March 2021. Please also include a CV.  If you could note any days or times over the two weeks 22 & 29 March when you would be unable to attend that would be helpful.

Kate Pakenham is an independent theatre producer and arts consultant, and Executive Director at The WOW Foundation.  Kate believes in the power of great theatre to make positive change within our cultures and is a passionate advocate for diversity on stage and within audiences.  Recent productions include the Olivier-Award winning production of Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s EMILIA at The Vaudeville Theatre in 2019, and The Gate’s production of HAMLET at St Ann’s Warehouse in 2020.  Up next is Jade Anouka’s HEART.  From 2012-2018 Kate was Executive Producer of the Donmar Warehouse in London where she produced 40 productions, many of which transferred to the West End, New York or onto screen.  Prior to the Donmar, Kate worked at The Old Vic Theatre for 11 years.  She began her career in television, spending 4 years researching and directing factual programmes for BBC, ITV and Channel 4.