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Get your sh!t together

with Rachel Copel

18th May 2021 from 6 – 8.30pm

Our First event is finally here, and we are so excited to announce this online workshop with directory member, Rachel Copel!

"Want to start a theatre company, but don't quite know how?

I can help!


I'm Rachel, and I'm a performance maker and an experienced arts administrator that has worked behind the scenes at West End venues and tiny collectives. The tips and tricks I learned at the big theatres really helped me make work with my friends, but we also made a lot of mistakes starting out, namely because none of us had ever seen arts administration up close (or even worked in an office). The work I’ve done with bigger theatres informed the set up of our smaller collective, and vice versa.


In this workshop, we'll talk about how to set up your "office" - roles, comms, diaries, and how you can do stuff and get stuff on the cheap. I'm from a place with no arts council, so hustling and thinking creatively when it comes to accessing resources. We'll chat about the unique challenges presented to artists working in small collectives, and spend some time examining the individual issues participants are facing with their current work."

Rachel Copel is a theatre maker, performer, and arts administrator with an MFA in Advanced Theatre Practice from The Central School of Speech and Drama. Between 2014 and 2018 she served as Manager of The iO Theatre, a comedy theatre and training center considered to be the epicenter of improvisational comedy. In the United States she has performed at and collaborated with Redmoon Theatre, The Second City, Berkshire Theatre Group, Flat Iron Comedy, and The Crowd (among others). Pre-pandemic, she was most recently seen at Theatre Deli, both performing in "This Side Up", and as a supported artist through Theatre Deli's FemFest residency, developing work with clown collective HOT TRASH. 


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