Take a look at what is involved in producing a show and find out how to pursue a career as a producer from industry experts.
Joseph Smith — Producer
Since 2006 Executive Producer for Old Vic Productions; Current/Most Recent: Billy Elliot the Musical worldwide,Jerusalem, Clybourne Park, Prisoner of 2nd Avenue and ongoing collaboration with Old Vic Theatre Company most recently co-producing Playboy of the Western World
As producer, with Michael McCabe for McCabe/Smith Partnership: West End: Spring Awakening , Million Dollar Quartet. Broadway: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Lysistrata Jones. McCabe/Smith have a number of other musical and play projects in development in the UK.
For the last 2 years I have operated as the commercial consultant for the Royal Court Theatre on the successful productions of Enron, Jerusalem and Clybourne Park.
Most recently I produced the off-West End musical Departure Lounge at the Waterloo East Theatre. In New York I produced Gutenberg the Musical which started life at the New York Musical Theatre Festival before transferring to 59e59 Theatres and then the Actors Playhouse off-Broadway.
From 2002-2006 I worked as Associate Producer for RJK Productions in New York representing the company on the Broadway productions of Gypsy, Life x3, Retreat from Moscow and the off-Broadway festival of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads.
Previous to my commercial producing work I worked at the National Theatre for 10 years culminating in producing the Transformation Season. The project enabled the national to develop both large scale work in a newly configured Lyttleton space and new, small scale work in a flexible 100 seat theatre called The Loft. The season included 13 world premiers with the emphasis on devised work and new writing. Artists included Deborah Warner, Kathryn Hunter, Matthew Bourne, Mick Gordon, Roy Williams, Richard Bean, Owen McCafferty and Simon Bent
From November will be taking over from Nick Salmon as Chief Executive of Stage 1; a charity dedicated to supporting new producers and productions in order to sustain the future of quality commercial theatre in the UK.
Becky Barber Productions Ltd. — Producer
Becky Barber Productions is an independent commercial theatre producer.
Work includes Lead Producer on Sebastian Faulks’s Birdsong adapted by Rachel Wagstaff and directed by Trevor Nunn (Comedy Theatre), Associate Producer on Only The Brave (Edinburgh Festival) and Producing Consultant on The Ones That Flutter (Theatre 503).
Becky Barber was among those ranked in the 2010 Hospital Club 100, an annual list of the key emerging and established figures within the arts, organised by the Hospital Club and The Independent and voted on by thousands of people working in the creative industries.
Becky Barber is currently Associate Producer at Old Vic Productions (OVP) where she has worked with Chief Executive Sally Greene and Executive Producer Joseph Smith on The Entertainer, Gaslight, All About My Mother, Speed-the –Plow, Pygmalion, The Norman Conquests, Dancing at Lughnasa, Inherit The Wind,Six Degrees of Separation, The Real Thing, Design For Living, A Flea in Her Ear, Cause Célèbre, The Playboy of the Western World, Noises Off (all Old Vic Theatre), Swimming With Sharks (Vaudeville), Vincent River (Trafalgar Studios), Desperately Seeking Susan (Novello), Three Days of Rain (Apollo) the multi-award winning Jerusalem (Apollo), The Prisoner of Second Avenue (Vaudeville) and Clybourne Park (Wyndhams). Becky also works with OVP on the multi-award winning Billy Elliot the Musical worldwide; currently London, Broadway and two recent US National Tours.
Prior to working at Old Vic Productions, Becky spent two years at Cameron Mackintosh, where work included the opening of Avenue Q (Noel Coward Theatre), the 20th Anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre) and 21st Anniversary of Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre).