• Black Box teater
  • Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival
  • 7.–16. March 2019
  • Performances, installations, talks,
    seminars and festival club
  • Workshop
  • The role and position of the producer today
  • Monday 11,10.00-17.00
  • Tuesday 12,09.30-16.30

A two-day workshop for producers working in the independent performing arts field.

What is the role of a producer today? What can it be? What are his or her responsibilities towards the artist? the project? the curator? How does the Norwegian context for producers compare with others? The workshop will focus on the profession of the producer: position, competences and role in relation to other key roles within the production. The workshop will create a framework where producers will reflect between themselves, with the help of a facilitator and the contribution of professionals (curators, artists and producers), working both in Norway and other countries.

The workshop is facilitated by Albane Guinet-Ahrens, co-director of La Belle Ouvrage. Based in Paris and active internationally, La Belle Ouvrage is an organization dedicated to life-long learning and arts consultancy.

The workshop is open to producers with a minimum of three years of experience working in the independent  field.

800,- (including lunches). Please register for the workshop on the link here

Program overview:
Day 1 (Monday 11th March):
10.00 – 13.00
Welcome words

  • Introduction of the facilitator, La Belle Ouvrage, and the objectives and programme of the workshop session, followed by the introduction of participants and their expectations as regards the workshop.
  • Landmark #1 : opening on questions related to the daily practice as a producer.
  • Encounter with a producer with experience in different contexts followed of open exchanges about the role, responsibilities, skills, issues in the practice and impact of the context.
    Guest speaker: Nicole Schuchardt, Production & Touring on commission / HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin) and Performing Arts Producer / Ingri Fiksdal

 13.00-14.00: lunch together

14.00- 17.00

  • Encounter with artists: share of experiences on the relationship artist / producer and their different needs to build a collaboration: focus on sharing of tasks, collaborative methods, legal and economic frame, relationship with partners, timeframe, problem solving…

Guestspeakers: Rudi van der Merwe (CH), Helle Siljeholm (NO), Guro Vrålstad (NO)

  • Landmark #2: identification of different roles for producers towards the artist and the projects, and skills related to those roles.

Day 2 (Tuesday 12th March):
9.30 – 12.30

  • Encounter with curators sharing their experiences on the relationship producer / curator followed of open exchanges about the role, responsibilities, communication, negotiations, and impact of the context.

Satu Herrala, Artistic Director / Baltic Circle Festival (Helsinki) and Hanna Nyman, Managing Director / Baltic Circle Festival (Helsinki)
Anne-Cécile Sibué, Artistic and General Director / Black Box teater (Oslo)

  • Landmark #3: identification of different roles for producers towards the curators and the independent performing arts field, skills related to those roles.

12.30-13.30: lunch together


  • Wrap up of the exchanges
  • Landmark # 4: designing possible evolutions and development as producers (aspirations, skills, needs…)
  • Feedback of the conversations and conclusion

The workshop is run in English.

La Belle Ouvrage
The idea of La Belle Ouvrage is a support structure for professionals in the field of arts and culture. It was born out of the needs seen by a specific group of professionals.  For almost ten years now, this group has been developing individual and collective tools to support people in their professional life, their projects, and their career choices.

We are eager to support people with their endeavours, and in this objective we have gathered a team of consultants with very different backgrounds and professional abilities.

People seek our help to develop socially-responsible, economically healthy, innovating projects, that are both compliant with regulatory requirements and allow for professional development.

Although our headquarters are located in Paris, we work with professionals throughout France and Europe. We carefully follow new developments in our field, and are mindful to monitor what is happening in our various areas of expertise.

La Belle Ouvrage’s main concerns are: developing the project and defining timescales, planning a path thanks to individual and collective testimonies, monitoring professional practices, developing appropriate tools, examining economic models – all within the wider relationship between people and their work.

Pedagogical approach:
Our approach to training is based on different methods and customized to each group and context: we use work practices analysis, work experience description, games, simulation, professional accounts exploration, theoretical contributions and practical toolkits that we create from our daily work with practitioners. In our approach, the learner is very central: we design schemes that allow each professional to be active in her or his learning process, to think about his or her own position, skills and needs.

Albane Guinet Ahrens
“I co-founded La Belle Ouvrage in 2006. Since then, I have been working as a consultant. My role is to support professionals in the field of arts and culture, individually or as part of a group or a team. I also work on publications designed to showcase their work. I am in charge of developing our activities in the rest of Europe, in order to help French practitioners to open their geographical horizons and to work in partnership with our foreign counterparts.

Following business management studies (HEC, Paris 1994) and an Erasmus exchange in Spain (ESADE- Barcelona), I carried out missions for Ernst & Young (Advisory) in London, for Colectivo Integral de Desarrollo (NGO) on micro-entrepreneurship in Lima, and for Hilti in Munich, before opting for the field of arts and culture in France. Having gained some experience at the Théâtre National de Chaillot and the Galerie Nelson in Paris, I then joined Le Volcan, guest venue in Le Havre as a general manager, when I was in charge of staff management, financial management and production.

In 1999, I started working as head of production department for Parc de La Villette, where I was in charge of a team of 15 people dealing with budgeting, logistic, subcontractors and culture event planning for the whole venues, from jazz festivals to exhibitions and artists residencies.

In 2003, driven by the desire to support artists’ careers and develop closer ties with them, I joined Laure Guazzoni to develop Et bientôt…, a production office focused on providing support for artists. I worked there for 7 years as a producer for projects in the independent performing arts field.

In 2010, to enhance my skills as a consultant and operate a professional change, I undertook a vocational Master’s degree at Université Paris 7 Diderot in the « Theory and practice of interventions in organisations », with a dual focus on psychosociology and clinical sociology. In La Belle Ouvrage, I developed and run different activities as a consultant, facilitator and pedagogical manager. “

  • Location: Norsk Skuespillerforbund, Welhavens gate 1, 0166 Oslo
  • Maximum number of participants: 15
  • Deadline for registration: March 8
  • March 11 / 10.00 – 17.00. March 12 / 09.30 – 16.30
  • Photo is taken from a previous event at Black Box teater