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Hi there!

I have recently finished a course in directing (having previously worked in other professional theatre roles) and am trying to get started as a director, and I'm just finding it really hard to find information on how to do this. Basically, I am looking to produce my own show, and am finding it hard to get information on how to go about getting funding, how to work out budgets for your show, how to approach theatres / producers and so on. It is bizarre that there just doesn't seem to be a standard "idiots guide to producing" book anywhere.

Any ideas? Helpful websites / people / courses / books etc? Any suggestions gratefully received.

P.S.  I'm in London.
Hi there, I'm an actor that recently formed my own company and am in pre-production for 2 shows at the moment. I did take a course in producing at my drama school in America and some of the same principles apply, but for the most part we're figuring it out as we go.

What we've discovered so far:
Obtaining funding when you're just getting started is pretty much impossible, especially with the Arts Council's curent application freeze. I have heard stories about new companies going directly to their local councils, and also finding spaces that co-produce. Your biggest cost will be your space, so look for free, cheap, or co-producing spaces. Ones I know of personally are The Scoop at More London (free), Battersea Barge (free if you fill the audience), and The Camden Fringe Festival (very cheap). Venues like the Blue Elephant in Camberwell co-produce.
You WILL lose money. This is a fact of fringe theatre life.
There are a lot of people out there who are will to help and give advice but you need to be ballsy and approach people.
Write a proposal for the show you want to do and send it everywhere, but do some research first so you're sending it to appropriate venues.
See fringe theatre. Every venue has a style of work they do and the only way to get a sense for it is to see it.

Check out the Ideas Tap website by the Old Vic. It's there to assist young theatre professionals with getting started. I've heard very good things about it, but I'm over the age limit to get much out of it. The Theatre Royal Haymarket has a fantastic series called Masterclass that provides free lectures, labs, and seminars to young theatre professionals as well.

I hope this has been helpful. Feel free to check out info. on our first production: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=250222672503
and our company: www.riverproductionsuk.com