What even is a producer? GREAT QUESTION. For non-arts people, think of a producer as a Project Manager.
While a director is responsible for the creative elements and leading the company through the rehearsal process, a producer may be tapping away at their laptops months before you even get into the rehearsal room.
A producer is ultimately responsible for all the things some artists consider to be (dare I say it) the boring bits of creating a production.
Producers normally have to-do lists everywhere, are super organised, love a colour coded and conditionally formatted spreadsheet (oh hey there!) and know their way around a budget of all shapes and sizes. It's genuinely what we love to do - being problem solvers, and help facilitate fun, in a safe, professional manner throughout the production process.
The truth is, there are so many different versions of what a "producer" is so it's always best to figure out what skills you actually need on your team and then take time to research which producer would suit your project best!
What I would do as your independent producer:
Marketing & Social Media Management
Plus other goodies...
Whether you have a play you've just written, have an idea you want to develop, or you're a future producer in the making who wants to know more, I'm always happy to have a kōrero/talk with people.
Say kia ora HERE.
Below are some shows I've produced, production assisted, or tour managed for various companies over the years.
Fishin' Chip - Kia Mau Festival 2019
Talofa Papa - Various seasons 2018 - 2019
Bleeding Black - New Zealand Fringe 2017
Priscilla Queen of the Desert - Auckland 2016
Blue Man Group World Tour - New Zealand 2016
Cats - International Tour 2015
The Mystery of Edwin Drood - Circa Theatre 2015
Singin' In the Rain - International Tour 2015