This blog is a space for influential voices from the theatre sector to comment on topical issues, explore new ideas, highlight success stories, share expertise and more.
- Why I stopped making 'art' and started making 'shows'
Poppy Burton-Morgan on the different language used in commercial vs. subsidised theatre and the impact it can have on the success of work.
13 November 2017
- The Unsung Heroes of Arts Funding- Hearts for the Arts Awards
After a successful first year the Hearts for the Arts Awards are back, to recognise those local authorities from across the UK who invest the most in the joy, excitement and life-enriching quality of the arts.
06 November 2017
- Fundraising: Think ethics - think values
As we start to consider how to stimulate new fundraising and corporate sponsorship for the arts in this increased regulatory climate, Michelle Wright (Founder and CEO of fundraising and development enterprise Cause4 and Programme Director of the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Programme) turns her attention to the question of ethics.
01 November 2017
- The Importance of Having a CRM Strategy
Helen Dunnett on why having a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) strategy in place is becoming ever more urgent and how she worked with Shakespeare's Globe to achieve this.
30 October 2017
- Why Mentoring Matters
Amy Smith, General Manager at Spare Tyre, tells us how mentoring nurtured her confidence allowing her to continue on the right career after becoming a new parent.
27 October 2017
- An exploration of Motion Capture Technology in Theatre
Laura Doye, Creative Director of New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth discuss plans for the Creative Technology Gateway, exploring Motion Capture Technology in theatre.
18 October 2017
- (ONLINE) TICKETS FOR ALL!
STAR's Accessible Ticketing Guide aims to help ticket sellers and venues consider all the issues and work towards solutions that enable disabled people to be able to book online.
11 October 2017
- Combating Social Isolation: CFT's Buddies Scheme
Louise Rigglesford, Community Partnerships Manager at Chichester Festival Theatre, introduces the CFT Buddies scheme.
06 October 2017
- Practice Makes Perfect...Management
How many of us excel in a junior post and then, because we're good at that, are offered promotion and suddenly find ourselves managing people? Being a manager is a role. And like any role in theatre or the arts, it benefits from rehearsal (or practise, as you might say).
02 October 2017
- It's Not Just fun, It's Transformational - The Fun Palace Movement
Sheffield Theatres' Communications and Fundraising Director, Claire Murray, explains why their annual Fun Palace has become such an important part of the year, transforming the way they think and work.
27 September 2017
- Celebrating Colston Hall at 150
On Wednesday 20 September 2017 Colston Hall in Bristol turns 150 years old. The Hall has embraced challenge and change throughout its life and as Bristol Music Trust prepare for a £48.8m transformation of the Hall, they reflect on their history and look forward to the future.
20 September 2017
- A Day in the Life...of Jerry Knight-Smith
Get a glimpse into the realities of being a Casting Director as we follow a day in the life of Jerry Knight-Smith, Head Of Casting & Associate Director at the Royal Exchange Manchester.
15 September 2017
- Putting culture at heart of the right local partnerships
Paul Bristow, Director, Strategic Partnerships, Arts Council England on putting culture at heart of the right local partnerships. (This blog forms part of our Local Authorities toolkit.)
11 September 2017
- Career Ladder: Ian Wilson
Chief Executive of the Grand Opera House Belfast, Ian Wilson, talks to us about his career to date and shares his life lessons.
06 September 2017
- Career Ladder: Jackie Wylie
Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Scotland, Jack Wylie, talks to us about her career to date and shares her life lessons.
25 August 2017
- UK Theatre Award Winners: Northern Stage
"It was important, both internally and externally, that what we achieve through touring is recognised as something really quite special...to accept a bit of external validation from industry colleagues for our work has certainly helped us as an organisation". At the 2016 the UK Theatre Awards, Northern Stage proudly won the Rennee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre. Find out from Executive Director Kate Denby why they applied and what winning meant to them.
18 August 2017
- Theatre Security So What's Changing?
Over the past 18 months the training needs of theatres and entertainment venues has changed. Why is this? And what can we do about it? SQR Security Solutions Ltd. give us their top tips for running a #SAFERtheatre..
14 August 2017
- UK Theatre Award Winner: The Mill at Sonning, 2016's Most Welcoming Theatre
Sally Hughes, MD of The Mill at Sonning, tells us what winning the UK's Most Welcoming Theatre Award meant to her and her team and what impact winning the coveted UK Theatre Award has had on the theatre.
08 August 2017
- UK Theatre Award Winners: Promotion of Diversity
"Uncovering All the Tiles of the Mosaic Reveals a Bigger Picture" by Justine Themen, Associate Director of Belgrade Theatre.
07 August 2017
- An Actor's View: The Edinburgh Festival - Michael Simkins
The fringe at Edinburgh is nowadays bigger and better than ever but with so much competition what does that mean for producers, performers and public? A gateway to fame and fortune, or a convivial and absorbing way of losing a few hundred quid? Michael Simkins reflects on the highs and lows of this world famous festival.
04 August 2017