Starting a Company

Who could benefit from this course?
Are you producing your own work and running into practical issues around finance, insurance, and liability? It could be time to consider starting a company. This course is for theatre makers, creative producers, and collectives who want to create an infrastructure to support their productions.

How does it work?
In this two hour workshop on Zoom, theatre maker & creative producer Amy Clare Tasker will cover the basics of setting up a company:

  • Knowing when it’s time to set up a company
  • How to choose your company structure
  • What you need in order to register a company
  • Legal obligations to Companies House and HMRC
  • Paying your collaborators and yourself
  • Practical advice on insurance, bookkeeping, and bank accounts

The most common structure for theatre is a company limited by guarantee, and this is also where Amy’s direct experience lies. This workshop will touch on other structures including companies limited by shares, and community interest companies, but mainly focus on companies limited by guarantee.

What do you gain?
By the end of the workshop, you will have a basic understanding of your next steps in creating your company, resources for further information, and the confidence to get started.

Dates, Times & Cost
Saturday, 5 June: 11am - 1pm

£9 early bird (book by 12PM on 21 May)
£10 regular price

Book all 4 workshops in our Self Producing Series for £35 (early bird £32 by 15 March).

  • Producing Your Own Work (27 March) - SOLD OUT
  • Finance & Budgeting for Artists (24 April)
  • Marketing Your Show (15 May)
  • Where to Start with Starting a Company (5 June)

AMY CLARE TASKER
Amy is a theatre maker and creative producer. At The Cockpit, she runs the Theatre Maker programme and co-directs the Voila! Europe Theatre Festival. With her own company, Pinecone Performance Lab, she creates theatre and performance experiments to celebrate unexpected connections. Recent productions include HOT (Helen of Troy) at The Cockpit in 2020, and Home Is Where... developed as a theatre show at Camden People's Theatre, Rich Mix, and Theatre Deli in 2016-2017, before morphing into a 1:1 interactive oral history performance in 2019. Amy loves experimenting with form and technology: way back in 2012, she collaborated with directors in San Francisco and New York to create a series of workshops via Google Hangout, and in 2020, she co-wrote an article for HowlRound on "Devised Experiments in Breaking Zoom."