New sector training events launched for Nov-Dec

Just when you thought our training programme for the autumn couldn’t get more exciting, we teased that there was an exciting season finale still to come… Well, now we’ve gone and added part two!

As we already know, the autumn training programme is a blend of virtual and live events, full of great learning, CPD and networking opportunities for organisations and freelancers across the youth arts sector. This continues in the next batch that we’re releasing today for your booking pleasure.

But first, from our previous batch of valuable sessions, there are a few coming up in the next few days and weeks that still have some spaces left. Don’t miss the Freelancers’ Guide: Know Your Worth on Friday 30 September, where Lou Brodie will help you practice your negotiating skills, get comfortable talking about money, and develop your checklist for finding and securing work in the youth theatre industry.

And then, picture this: you’ve come up with the most exciting show your youth theatre has seen in decades. You’ve got lifts, you’ve got fire, you’ve got set changes. And now… you’ve got to write the risk assessment. Where do you start and how do you make sure you don’t have to compromise your project? Well, Youth Theatre Foundations: Risk Assessments is a fantastic starting point. Join expert production manager Fi Fraser on Tuesday 4 October for a workshop tackling risks, and taking you through the process from start to finish through discussions and practical exercises. You’ll be jumping (safely, of course) at the chance to write the assessment for your next project!

But now, drumroll please, for our new events! đŸ„

Creative Concepts: Show Starters on Friday 4 November is great for anyone whose workshops result in performances big or small! NTS Dramaturg Rosie Kellagher will help you to investigate methods of practice to turn material into performance-worthy concepts, and your workshops into rehearsal spaces. Rosie will introduce you to her dramaturgical practice and share some simple tips and tricks for turning that lightbulb idea into a concept and then into a show.

When you’re moving from job to job and invoice to invoice, it’s important to have your accounting techniques sorted but it’s easy to get overwhelmed! Kae Sakurai knows this, as both a freelance dance artist and a trained bookkeeper. Join Kae for Freelancers’ Guide: Accounting FAQs on Wednesday 30 November, featuring the most frequently asked questions she gets from the artists she works with. She’ll also give us an insight into the upcoming changes to the Self-Assessment process which will be implemented by HMRC from 6 April 2024 (so that means you need to know about it for this year’s invoices!).

Speaking of money, and in the context of an on-going cost of living crisis, how can youth theatres continue to provide creative opportunities for diverse audiences? Youth theatre practitioners and managers are invited to Youth Theatre for Everyone: Lowering Financial Barriers, our first Swap Shop of the season on Wednesday 14 December, to share ideas for how we can help while keeping our organisations moving forward.

Don’t forget, we can offer bursary places on our current sector training programme. If you need financial help to attend, please be sure to check them out! Bursaries are available to any YTAS Member who requires financial support in order to attend a training course and will cover any fees associated with the training. If you are not yet a YTAS member and would like to become one, please visit our membership page.

For all these events and more, be sure to check out our events pages. We look forward to seeing you in-person or online soon!

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