Opportunities at China Plate

The Optimists Spring 2022

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  • Closing date: 10:00am, 5th January 2022

Application guidelines and FAQ’s are available to download below.

Location: Online (10 x 3 hour sessions)
Dates:  7th February – 30th March 2022
Cost: £360 inclusive of VAT (Bursaries available)

Do you think you would you benefit from…

  • Developing your theatre producing skills?
  • Practical advice on how to get your work developed and in front of an audience?
  • Insider knowledge on how to navigate the independent arts sector?
  • Clear and concise information covering a huge range of arts administration tasks?
  • Being part of a growing network of like-minded people at a similar place in their career?
  • Hearing from speakers working across the creative sector, including funders, venue representatives, PR managers, producers and policy makers?

The Optimists offers an introduction to the craft of producing professional theatre and arts projects and de-mystifies the financial, administrative and organisational aspects of producing. Drawing on China Plate’s extensive experience, the Optimists provides knowledge and insight on the practicalities of making, funding, touring and promoting your work.

Who is it for?

The course is suitable for emerging producers, administrators, artists, creative practitioners, etc who are hoping to develop their skills as a professional producer, or as a producer of their own work, in the subsidised arts sector.

The course is open to those working across different art forms (eg, dance, live art, spoken word, etc), but has a particular focus on producing and touring live work in the theatre industry.

Participants should have at least 12 months of professional/industry experience in the arts sector – it is not aimed at those who have recently graduated or who are completely new to working in the arts sector. This course is not appropriate for those with more than 3 years of professional experience working as a producer.

Bursaries covering the cost of the course will be available to those who have faced racism, discrimination and/or cultural barriers due to their ethnicity, disability, D/deafness, gender identity or socio-economic background.

Please note that up to 7 of the 20 spaces on the Optimists 2022 course are reserved for the Shoot Festival Assistant Producers, as part of a partnership between China Plate and Shoot Festival, which supports the development of Coventry / Warwickshire based emerging producers and artists during Coventry City of Culture 2021/22.

x 13 spaces are available through this application process.

Please note that the China Plate office will be closed from 20th December 2021 until 4th January 2022 – any queries submitted within this period will not be answered until 4th January 2022.



How to apply

Applications should include the following:

Completed application form / questions
CV / information about your work
Equal Opportunities form (click here to download)

You can apply for a place on the Optimists course using one of the options below:

Click here for the online application form
Download the application form here and email it directly
Write the application directly into an email using the questions from the application form

All emailed applications can be sent directly to optimists@chinaplatetheatre.com
Please write Optimists application / your name in the subject line.

The application includes the opportunity to upload video / voice files or filmed BSL sections if preferable – please see application form for guidance.

Deadline for applications is 10am – Wednesday 05th January 2022.
Successful applicants will be notified on email by Thursday 13th January 2022.

If you need any help with your application or would like more information please refer to our FAQ’s or email optimists@chinaplatetheatre.com

**Please note that the China Plate office will be closed from 20th December 2021 until 4th January 2022 – any queries submitted within this period will not be answered until 4th January 2022. **