How to start a Theatre Company – Online Workshop

Do you want to start your own theatre company? Have you got ideas that you need to get to the stage? Are you not quite sure where to start? Wondering whether you should set up as a Ltd company or CIC? What does CIC even mean….?

Join us for this online workshop with Clarissa Widya of Papergang Theatre Company to get an insight into the process of self-producing. Bring your ideas, bring all your questions and be prepared to join in the discussion.

This workshop will last approx. 90 mins.

About Clarissa

Clarissa Widya is a co-founder and now Co-Artistic Director of Papergang Theatre, leading the company as a producer.

Since Papergang Theatre’s foundation in 2013, Clarissa has facilitated writing workshops and R&Ds, and produced staged readings and scratch nights. In 2018, Papergang Theatre became a charity and Clarissa worked on a rebrand with Kim Pearce before going on maternity leave. A year later, Papergang Theatre returned with more socio-political projects: Tiananmen 30 (2019) at the Omnibus Theatre; Invisible Harmony 无形的和谐 at the Southbank Centre and Freedom Hi 自由閪 followed in 2020, the latter winning VAULT Show of the Week.

When the pandemic started, Clarissa was able to secure funding to keep supporting online R&Ds and collaborated with Theatre 503 and Theatre Centre. Since opening of lockdowns, Papergang Theatre has presented Amaterasu (Arcola Outdoors, Newham Unlocked Festival, 2021) and Dreamers (Omnibus Theatre 2022)

Clarissa strives for inclusion in the industry and has previously collaborated with the Diversity School Initiative, facilitating a workshop to feed into their Manifesto for change. She was also invited into the Leaders of Tomorrow programme and Stage One’s Bridge The Gap.

Clarissa is the Manager of the London Theatre Consortium, and has also project managed/ produced for Applecart Arts, Theatre Centre and Theatre Royal Stratford East.

1 hour and 30 minutes

Tickets £5

If you would like to attend this workshop but your financial situation would prevent you from booking a £5 ticket, please do contact for a confidential chat. We want our workshops to be accessible to as many people as possible.