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Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Theatre around the world: A lot of our past is not helpful to our future creative beings & communities by Chris Grady

After only a year of welcoming producing students to the CGO Institute, I am proud that we have become members of the ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts.

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Saturday, November 20, 2021

This little country of ours sure punches above its weight sometimes by Chris Grady

Between teaching, I caught three shows – two in London and one in Glasgow. Two shows came with the same heritage – produced originally at the Tron. The third one, a massive production al…

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Saturday, October 30, 2021

The freelancer rollercoaster: I’ve been turned down for so many jobs & grants in my life by Chris Grady

In a previous blog, I talked of the excitement at waking up in our industry. But any time we bounce forward, we have to accept that we live on a rollercoaster. And the rushes to the bottom a…

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Is ‘Zoom in the flesh’ the way to wake up producers’ creativity post-pandemic? by Chris Grady

Last night NY based producer Megan Schadler and I were guest panelists on the New York based Theatre Resources Unlimited (TRU), founded and led by Bob Ost. 40 experienced Broadway, off Broad…

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Friday, October 1, 2021

‘There are big (and scary) challenges which need to be harnessed’: Chris Grady explores the Off West End theatre landscape post-lockdowns by Chris Grady

As the West End reopens with the welcome return of blockbusters which will get the massive press coverage with red carpets and celebrities, my gaze turns to off West End, Regional, and new w…

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

‘Grab a ticket if you still can’: SUNSHINE ON LEITH – Edinburgh Fringe by Chris Grady

I kicked off our fringe experience with Captivate Theatre’s exuberant and joyful Sunshine on Leith. A large company of Edinburgh-based performers and musicians who first presented the show…

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Sunday, July 18, 2021

You chance to be in the room where it happens with creative producers of theatre by Chris Grady

So many amazing inspiring potential entrepreneurs have been in the room at Chris Grady’s workshops, networks and CGO Institute events, but now I want to look out for a much broader ‘audi…

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Sunday, January 24, 2021

‘We were involved in decisions’: Chris Grady pays tribute to influential theatre manager Gordon Stratford by Chris Grady

What made theatre manager Gordon Stratford special for me, as a boss, was his passion for the theatre, his quick understanding of potential audiences, and his willingness to give his marketi…

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Friday, January 8, 2021

How to find the energy we need in our industry to move forward by Chris Grady

I was talking with a client yesterday, who is a theatre-maker and wanting, like so many, to get back in front of a live audience and to work close with fellow creatives to make work happen. …

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Sunday, October 4, 2020

‘At the darkest moments I have to believe there is a future for our industry’: Why the arts are viable by Chris Grady

At the darkest moments I have to believe there is a future for our industry. I have to believe we will defy our government and prove to be viable. I absolutely believe the way that this will…

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

New opportunities in the world of Zoom Zj-ing by Chris Grady

Over the last few months I have moved so much of my life and work online, often using Zoom, as so many of us have. Yesterday someone decided I should now call myself a Zj…which sounds fun.

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Looking for trainee unicorns: Planning a diploma in creative producing by Chris Grady

It is a strange time to predict a new world. But I hope that the planned Diploma in Creative Producing will come at the right time for a re-emergence of creative practitioners across the gl…

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Monday, February 4, 2019

The mystery of musical theatre writing by Chris Grady

I am bemused. Last night I was at a show which has been an immense hit in its lifetime and has been described as masterful by the press.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

In creative business I like to say yes to the unexpected by Chris Grady

So along with my declared New Year’s Resolution to see at least one piece of theatre in Scotland every two weeks, I will also try wherever I can to say “yes” to the unexpected.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Irons in the fire but totally prepared to be surprised by Chris Grady

I’ve worked on my New Year’s Resolutions and I know what I need from the universe, and where I have the capacity to welcome some unexpected enquiries or surprises

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

New Year’s Resolutions – sensible settings, hopefully by Chris Grady

I’m a coach with years of experience of helping others to set achievable goals, so I know how to do it. Tonight I decided to ensure I saw an average of one theatre show a week across the S…

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Friday, November 16, 2018

If only I was famous… then I could reach playwrights around the UK by Chris Grady

My challenge is to bring an opportunity to British playwrights who have a play which deserves to be published and licensed around the world.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Thank you for the power of the word ‘we’ by Chris Grady

This weekend I was part of an extraordinary workshop which was a first of its kind in Europe, or so I am told. A chance to work on the consciousness explorations of Patricia Albere developed…

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Help me get out of my bubble… by Chris Grady

As I get older I network less. As I look out of my view across the Firth of Forth from my tiny office window, I don’t get the urge to go to the membership meetings and first nights which a…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

It’s painful to bang your head yet again against the money tree trunk by Chris Grady

This week I was turned down by the Arts Council for a project I have been nurturing for three years. I clearly did not manage to capture the imagination of the assessors.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

‘At its heart it is about listening & asking questions which open up your thoughts’: The ups & downs of coaching by Chris Grady

Time to get the word around that I am a coach – and then the most wonderful email dropped in my inbox from a past client as they tried to describe me to another person:

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The tiredness of readiness: Waiting for the green light by Chris Grady

I’m really tired this week, and it has taken a while for me to realise (or maybe remember) this particular freelance syndrome which I get when a certain mix of situations arise. Anyone get…

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Red squirrels, Goblin calls, a wedding and a birthday by Chris Grady

It has been quite a week with two significant celebrations – my coming of bus-pass age and celebrating the wedding of my daughter Anna to her amazing partner Jonny – who live on a Dutch …

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Why it’s important for Edinburgh Fringe companies to ask: ‘Who do we want on our front row?’ by Chris Grady

This quick blog is really to highlight one big area which we always talk about. How do you find the right audience for your show, and get them to come in to see you?

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Chris Grady’s Edfringe diary: Love Light & Life by Chris Grady

Back from London after seeing my son in Imperium (proud dad), I packed in nine shows into two days and already the cream is rising to the top and some images and themes remain, whilst others…

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Chris Grady’s EdFringe diary: Frae morning sun till dine by Chris Grady

For the first time in 30 years, I am a resident of the Edinburgh area, hopping on the bus or train to travel the 30 minutes from my home to visit the other-worldliness which is Edinburgh in …

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Hamilton – mastery in patient creative development by Chris Grady

If Lin-Manuel Miranda takes six years from first song to full show for Hamilton, then it encourages me greatly when I keep telling new writers and new creative to take their time.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Finding inspiration in naked artistry & sunshine by Chris Grady

If I was going to find a suitable place to work on a grant application to support the very first piece of work which seeks to explore “How we choose to reveal our bodies through life, perf…

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Creative producers make more than the tea by Chris Grady

If I have learned anything in my six years with Mountview, and four years of that conceiving, championing and teaching the MA in Creative Producing, it is that the title “creative producer…

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

We’re having guests round at Theatre503 – come join us by Chris Grady

It is my last job of work for Mountview after six years with the school – helping the 12 producers on this year’s MA find their way to the end of the seven-week Catalyst Festival.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

‘A gem of a show’: IT’S ONLY LIFE – Union Theatre by Chris Grady

Some of the reviewers of It’s Only Life still seem to talk of John Bucchino as an unknown American songwriter, which is a shame – let’s hope this production is the start of an awakenin…

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