A mentoring scheme has been launched to support aspiring and early-career production managers.
The scheme is being run by the Production Managers Forum – a membership organisation for production managers in theatre and live events.
Eleven mentoring partnerships have already been set up, with further mentees and mentors able to sign up online on a rolling basis.
Each partnership is adapted to the individuals involved, but will generally last around 12 months with a minimum monthly meeting either in person or on Skype.
Mentees can be people who are currently in higher education, early career or working in another role or sector and looking to move into production management.
PMF committee member Oliver Brown, who is also head of production and technical at Hull Truck Theatre, said: “There are courses in production management now, but when I trained there weren’t really any, it was something you worked into.
“It’s a really difficult job and it’s a lonely job as there’s only one production manager in each building or on each production, so you don’t normally really have anyone to go to for advice.”
He added: “[The mentoring scheme] is about providing that informal training and relying on people who have done the job.”