Touring Symposium 2017

Touring Symposium 2017

Thursday 23 March 2017

Congress Centre, 11.00am-5.30pm.


Our annual Touring Symposium provides a unique opportunity for anyone involved in touring to discuss and determine the environment and practical operation of their sector.

Take a look at the programme for this years event, with details of all the speakers involved, as well as the current delegate list. 

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Touring Symposium 2016 Pamela Raith Photography

"A very informative day and a good opportunity to meet industry colleagues” Rebecca Stevens, Orchard Theatre Dartford

Following 2016’s sell-out Touring Symposium, this year’s programme will look at the latest developments in touring and consider proactive steps the industry can take to keep touring thriving.

We’ll follow up on issues such commercial tours and co-productions, promoting the status of touring, and data sharing to develop audiences. We’ll also look at the work UK Theatre is doing to support Live to Digital practice.

  • Anyone working within touring theatre, dance and opera
  • Anyone with responsibility in programming and touring
  • Producing and artistic roles
  • Marketing and venue/general management
  • Funders of touring theatre

As well as a headline session exploring the main issues in touring today, the programme includes 

  • Making the mid-scale work
  • Collaborative working to develop an offer for audiences 
  • Demand led programming to increase audiences

Our break-out sessions will focus on practical advice and guidance

  • Getting started with live-to-digital
  • Supporting companies during a tour
  • Data sharing

Speakers and contributors include

  • Fiona Allan, President of UK Theatre & Chief Executive of Birmingham Hippodrome
  • Edward Snape, Producer, Fiery Angel
  • Dawn Walton, Artistic Director, Eclipse
  • Paul Taylor Mills, The Other Place
  • Leonora Thompson, Managing Director, WNO
  • Henri Duckworth, Executive Producer, Hull 2017
  • Adrian Vinken OBE, Executive Director, Theatre Royal Plymouth
  • Roger Tomlinson, Managing Director, The Ticketing Institute
  • Simon Donovan, Purple Seven
  • Sara Harrison, Arts Council England
  • Jane Claire, Executive Producer, English Touring Theatre
  • Phil Barley, Founder, Theatre Digs Booker
  • Cassie Raine / Anna Ehnold-Danailov, PIPA
  • Mary Swan, Artistic Director, Proteus
  • Marcus Romer, Creative Director, Arts Beacon UK
  • Rachel Tackley, Executive Director, Chichester Festival Theatre
  • Jo Crowley, Producer, 1927
  • James Grieve / George Perrin, Paines Plough
  • Robin Hawkes, Executive Director, West Yorkshire Playhouse
  • Kenny Wax
  • Anne Torreggiani, Executive Director, The Audience Agency
  • arah Holmes, Chief Executive, New Wolsey Theatre
  • Jonathan Saville, Ticketing Network East Midlands
  • Gary Topp, Director, Birmingham Culture Central
  • Annabel Turpin, Chief Executive, ARC Stockton
  • Deborah Sawyerr, Executive Director, Theatre Royal Stratford East
  • Sally Anne Tye, New Perspectives
  • Stella Duffy, Fun Palaces
  • Erica Whyman, Deputy Artistic Director, RSC
  • Yinka Ayinde
  • David Brownlee, Vice President for the UK and Europe, TRG Arts
  • Amy Vaughan, Director of Touring, Arts Council England

The Touring Symposium is attended by over 300 senior and influential figures in theatre and performing arts.

Join others working within touring theatre, dance and opera, in roles from programming to venue management for a day of networking and discussions.

This year’s event will be followed by drinks at Soho Theatre Bar sponsored by TRG Arts.


UK Theatre & SOLT members (after 17/02/17). ITC, FST and ABO Members

Additional Members (after 17/02/17)

£100+VAT, UK Theatre, SOLT, ITC, FST and ABO Members if booked before 9 February 2017

£80+VAT, Additional Members if booked before 9 February 2017

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