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US-UK theatre producer exchange scheme to ‘forge stronger connections’

Joseph Smith Stage One chief executive Joseph Smith
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An exchange programme between the US and the UK has been launched that aims to forge stronger connections between producers in the two countries.

The initiative is being run jointly by charity Stage One and Columbia University, and will give 10 producers from the UK a grant to fly to New York this year to attend a week-long course at the university.

Those taking part will learn how the producing model works in the US and build a network of commercial contacts on Broadway.

Ten producers studying at Columbia University will then fly to the UK in January next year.

The Stage One and Columbia University Exchange is designed for Stage One producers who have staged “a number of shows at a mid to large scale and are looking for the next step in their career”.

Stage One chief executive Joseph Smith said: “We are thrilled to be launching the producer exchange in partnership with Columbia University to enable aspiring commercial theatre producers to create stronger ties with their counterparts in New York.”

He added: “Theatre is all about collaboration and in an increasingly competitive and at times insular world we need to look across borders to discover the exciting creative and commercial ideas of the future.”

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