Academy for Creative Producers|

11.14-15 MON-TUE Building 285, Weiwuying

Following the very successful Arts Manager Professional Academy in 2015, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) has set out to organize a new intensive focusing on creating a successful commercial theater, and exploring ways to find equilibrium of balancing your books while maintaining creativity. 2016 Academy for Creative Producers invites two internationally renowned theater producers, Simon Woolley from Playful Productions UK and International touring production expert Barbara Suthoff, from Schauspeilhaus Zürich to bring their expertise in new theatre productions.

Workshop Leader|

Barbara Suthoff

International Development, Compagnie 111- AurélienBory (FR)
International Relations, Schauspeilhaus Zürich (CH)

Barbara Suthoff, born in Oberhausen (Germany), has worked in the field of theatre for over three decades. After completing a degree in Sociology in Frankfurt, she started working as a dramaturge at Theater am Neumarkt in Zurich (Switzerland). She then worked at the Swiss Cultural Centre Paris and as a freelance dramaturge in Paris for several years. In 1997 she took up the position of Head of the Department Theatre/Dance of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. She then joined the Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne as Head of Distribution, where she stayed for 12 years, until 2013. Since then she has advised different partners on how to assert their presence on the international scene, including Cie111 - Aurélien Bory and currently Schauspielhaus Zürich. Alongside her passion and great knowledge of literature and theatre, her many years in the field have given her great expertise in the negotiating and distribution processes at play on an international market and the current trends in the arts world.

Simon Woolley

Production Supervisor, Playful Productions (UK)

Simon has worked in the theatre industry for over 15 years. Originally in stage management, he moved into general management at Ambassador Theatre Group, where he worked on a number of acclaimed productions in the West End and on tour. Simon has worked for the Donmar Warehouse , on the West End productions of Spamalot and Dirty Dancing and was joined Playful Productions in 2010 as a founding member of the company. Since its opening, Playful has quickly become one of the most successful production and general management companies in the country, working on some of the largest and most high-profile productions in recent years.
With great experience of managing both West End and touring productions of every scale, Simon’s has most recently worked on Shrek the Musical on UK & Ireland Tour, the UK/International Tour of Wicked the Musical, and the forthcoming West End production of An American in Paris , opening at the Dominion Theatre in March 2017. He also oversees and books the company’s touring.


11.14 MON

International touring -
international co-productions: between desire and economical obligation?

Barbara Suthoff

In this 5-hour workshop, international relation expert Barbara Suthoff from Companie 111 - Aurélien Bory and Schauspeilhaus Zürich will discuss and explore aspects of the challenges in establishing international touring and international co-productions, including the different strategies of international co-productions, strategies for international touring as well as discussing the different logistical problems before and during the realization of the tour. With her wealth of knowledge from years of experiences bringing world famous productions touring all over the world, this surely is a workshop all creative producers should not miss out!

11.15 TUE

How to make a west-end hit?

Simon Woolley

Many would wonder what are the secrets of creating a successful west-end hit? In this workshop, production expert, Simon Woolley from Playful Productions UK will be providing an insight into the process of producing in the West End. It will look at the current London theatre scene and consider the timeline from first concept through to opening night and beyond, with special focus on raising money, budgeting, engaging staff and securing a venue. Pricing and publicising a production will also be covered, along with tips and possible pitfalls to consider when staging a production.
Using examples from recent West End productions, it aims to allow delegates a glimpse into the challenges and rewards of the London theatre scene and to encourage discussion on what makes a show a success in this market.


Requirement: Over 5 years of related experiences in arts management fields.

Registration starts at 12:00 PM (GMT+8) on Wednesday, September 21th. Number of participants is limited to 50 per day, places are limited and strictly first come first serve basis. Each one-day program can be applied separately.

$1,000 deposit is required for a one-day program.
Deposit will be returned to participant at the end of the program after full attendance.

Registration procedures: Accupass system online registration→await confirmation from host→receive e-mail confirmation→pay deposit→registration successful.

1.English/Mandarin simultaneous interpretation available during the workshop.
2.Participants who applied online shall wait for confirmation from host before proceed to payment of deposit. Deposit must be paid within a limited time after registration on Accupass system. Failed to do so will result in system automatically cancelled your booking.
3.Please refer to registration page for detailed cancellation policy.
4.We reserve the right to alter the program, for more updated information please visit the website:
5.Further questions please contact: +886 7 7680726 or e-mail