Production Management in the Creative Process with Ben Pugh

Calling all early-career production managers, producers, stage managers and lead artists working in the live arts and performance sectors!


About this training series

Calling all early-career production managers, producers, stage managers and lead artists working in the live arts and performance sectors!

Production Management in the Creative Process is a 2-day training series led by expert Production Manager, Ben Pugh. It is designed for people with some experience in making creative events, and who are looking to sharpen up their skills.

You can apply to attend either one or both of these days – whatever feels most appropriate to you and your work. The structure, format and learning for both days will be the same, but each day will focus on a different type of creative event.

Session content

Both training days will be built around practical ‘case studies’ inspired by real-life projects that Ben has worked on, so everything we talk about will be relevant, useful and based on real hands-on experience.

The sessions will look at:

Is this training for me?

We think these training days will be useful for people who already have some experience in making creative events happen, and are looking to take the next step in terms of the scale of how their work is made, such as working with bigger teams or making bigger events.

The types of creatives who will benefit from this training include:

  • Stage managers
  • Lead artists on creative events and productions
  • Newer production managers
Eligibility criteria:
  • You are aged 18 or over
  • You are living or making work in Bradford
  • You have some experience in delivering stage productions or creative events

Application timeline

  • Applications open on Friday 24 February
  • Applications close once places are full
  • Places will be confirmed with applicants before Friday 31 March 2023

N.B. Please note that the submission of an application does not guarantee a place. Places will be confirmed by email.

How to apply

To apply, please complete our online application form.

If you need to complete your application another way, or if you have any questions, please email us at

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Bursaries, access and travel costs

As with all our development programmes, we have bursaries and access funds available to make these opportunities as accessible to as many people as possible. You will be asked about your financial support requirements upon offer of a place on the course.

Bursaries: a contribution towards your time to enable you to attend when you may otherwise be working. You can claim up to £75 for each of these full-day sessions.

Access costs: additional costs you may have to enable you to attend; things like disability support, BSL interpretation, translation, or childcare.

Travel costs: the cost of travel to our events ideally using public transport. If you need to take a taxi, please get in touch with us to let us know as we’ll need to approve this in advance.

We do not means-test or ask you to prove that you need this financial support, but where possible we need to agree in advance on what costs we will cover, and you will need to provide receipts to claim costs back from us. Please only apply for these if you need to, as this will ensure we can provide funds to those who really need them.

Production Management in the Creative Process with Ben Pugh Training Sessions:

Day 1: ‘On Stage’

Saturday 22 April 10am – 4pm

This session is about realising live performance for theatres and traditional indoor performance spaces and taking work from the page, to the stage.

Day 2 ‘Out of the Ordinary'

Saturday 13 May 10am – 4pm

This session is focused on festivals, installations, and performances outdoors and in usual spaces; such as disused shops, mills or warehouses.

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