Coombe Farm Studios, Devon

‘A truly inspirational cohort of speakers, provocateurs and fierce facilitators…. A hugely useful reorganisation of priorities and values that will impact the rest of my career.’ SARAH SHARP, 2018 PARTICIPANT

A residency which provides time and space for contemporary performance producers to refresh their current practice, and consider their future potential.

Running annually since 2016, Producer Farm is a week-long residency for creative producers which provides time and space for artists to focus on their work in a beautiful rural setting. Producer Farm offers structured learning from inspiring professionals, networking, discussion and dedicated time for creative reflection.

The Producer Farm 2021 participants are:

Chloe Courtney

Chloe Courtney is the Health and Science Producer at Contact in Manchester, an arts venue which supports young people to become creative leaders. Chloe produces and programmes work that explores health and science topics.

Claire Teasdale

A Freelance Producer and consultant interested in outdoor, inclusive, socially engaged practice. Claire specialises in producing outdoor arts that promotes and delivers good access and inclusion.

Emily Coleman

Emily is an independent theatre producer with over 15 years experience in the industry. Since 2014 she’s worked with the internationally renowned Spymonkey to create and present their mid-scale productions, alongside managing the company and overseeing their artist training programme.

Faith Dodkins

Faith is an experienced producer working across artforms, making and delivering projects since 2005. Faith has been Executive Producer with TalkShow (formally TOOT) since 2012 and Co-Artistic Director of The Spire since 2013.

Laura Drane

Laura is passionate about people, causes and ideas that make positive impacts, working to achieve these through creative producing, consultancy, and facilitation. Laura is a core member of two artist-led companies: Light Ladd & Emberton, Wales’ foremost dance collective; and Gentle/Radical, a hyperlocal arts-and-community-development company, who have just been nominated for the Turner Prize.

Lily Einhorn

Lily Einhorn is an artistic and strategic consultant, creative and cultural producer, writer, and coach. She specialises in community and participatory arts. Organisations Lily has worked with recently include Stratford East, ENO, Studio 3 Arts, Crafts Council, Company of Others, Bounce, Donmar & CPT.

Natasha Player

Natasha Player & Co. has evolved out of Natasha Player’s 20 years experience as a freelance creative, producer, & project manager and since 2019, an independent changemaker. Natasha is dedicated to creating change and increasing ethnically diverse representation in the arts.

Reena Kalsi

Having been a freelance artist for many years and then a Producer, Reena understands both sides of making work. Now at Artsadmin, Reena’s work is concentrated on support for artists; creating projects, free opportunities, and holding space for underrepresented groups.

Shihui Weng

Shihui Weng is a creative producer, cultural broker and English – Chinese translator based in London. Shihui is the Director of Tempest Projects Limited providing cultural consultation, producing and representation for theatre, dance and live performances.

Tracky Crombie

Tracky Crombie (she/her) is an independent creative Producer and Programmer with over 11 years experience working in the creative and cultural sector in London and the UK. Tracky has undertaken roles ranging from programming festivals, to making a community centre fully accessible, producing companies & organisations to one off films & events.

2021 speakers: 

Alex Mecklenburg, a certified and experienced business coach and co-founder of Truth&Spectacle and Consequential.

François Matarasso, community artist, writer and researcher. 

Gaylene Gould, a Creative Director, broadcaster and writer who designs interactive art projects and spaces that generously connect us with ourselves, each other and the world. 

Lou Platt, a UK based pioneer of Artist Wellbeing. 

Rachel Nelken, CEO at Raw Material Music & Media with 20+ years experience working with high-profile and grassroots arts organisations designing, developing, and running creative programmes for communities, developing artists, producing events and shows, and working with strategic music funders. 

Syrus Marcus Ware, a Vanier scholar, visual artist, activist, curator and educator. 

Yemisi Mokuolu, founder & CEO of Hatch Ideas Worldwide and Hatch Africa 


2019 participants: Chloé Naldrett Elwood, Nancy Galant, Christine Grimwood, Henriette Kassay-Schuster, Bryony McIntyre, Jocelyn S. Mills, Michelle Rocha, Mayo Rodriguez, Jo Verrent and Jen White

2019 speakers: Matthew Austin and Kate Yedigaroff Co-Directors of MAYK (Bristol), Pelin Basaran programme manager at Contact (Manchester), contemporary performance maker and choreographer Dan Canham, Rob Hopkins author and cofounder of Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network, Alex Mecklenburg provocative business coach and co-founder of Truth & Spectacle and Rachel Nelken Head of Creative Programmes at the Albany Theatre (Coventry).

2020 speakers (Digital Farm): Mariko Finch (Deputy Editor of Digital Content at Sotheby’s), Margaret Wheatley (Founder and President of the Berkana Institute),François Matarasso (Community artist, writer, and researcher), Stella Kanu (Executive Director of LIFT)

Watch talks from Digital Farm 2020 here.

Producer Farm returns to Coombe Farm Studios  in June 2021. This year’s Producer Farm is for producers who have been working professionally in any field of contemporary performance for 10-15 years.

Applications for Producer Farm 2021 are now closed.

Producer Farm is a joint initiative with In Between Time, Dance UmbrellaBristol Old Vic FERMENTFuel and Coombe Farm Studios.

'Exceptional producers are step-changers, innovators, dream weavers...What changes do they see? What will the future hold? How does the Producer lead?' HELEN COLE, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/CEO, IN BETWEEN TIME


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