Networking for the Anxious

Photo of Ross MacKay and Alan Freeburn
Dates/times

10.30am - 1pm, Friday 28 April 2023

Venue

Lyceum Theatre, 30b Grindlay St, Edinburgh EH3 9AX

How to apply

This workshop is free to attend with a place for up to 15 people. There is budget to support costs associated with access needs and travel from outwith Edinburgh.

To express an interest, please fill in the Google form opposite and we will get back to you. You can also access the form via this link.

If you have any questions about this workshop please email Anna Broomfield or you can call the office on 0131 225 8050.

Networking for the Anxious is a practical skill building workshop led by theatre maker, Ross Mackay, and psychologist and hypnotherapist, Alan Freeburn. We initially ran this workshop in January 2023 and received such great feedback that we are running it again. Please note this is a repeat of the January workshop rather than a follow up.

This workshop is open to all artists and freelancers based in Scotland who are involved in the young audiences sector, or interested in making work for young audiences.

Networking can often invoke feelings of anxiety and imposter syndrome. However, it is often an essential way that freelancers find work and make connections within the theatre sector. In this workshop we will explore practical ways to reduce anxiety around networking events.

During the workshop we will:

  • Explore how anxiety can manifest itself and examine ways we might  begin to bring those sensations under control.
  • Explore ways we can build confidence going into, during and after networking events.
  • Create a shared resource of tips and tricks to reduce anxiety while networking.
  • Explore suggestions we might have to create less anxiety inducing networking formats.

The event will be a relaxed roundtable event and we will gently encourage discussion, but you are welcome to participate and engage to whatever level you feel comfortable with.

Ross MacKay is a theatre maker based in Scotland. He was artistic director of Tortoise in a Nutshell for 10 years and has worked in a freelance capacity on numerous productions and projects. Having lived with a mental health disability for most of his adult life, Ross is a mental health advocate and has worked with several charities and organisations in this field. He has also written picture books exploring parental mental health with young children.

Alan Freeburn has over 20 years’ experience working as a hypnotherapist with his organisation, TFL Therapies. He has worked with numerous professionals in the area of sports performance. He is building a reputation within the performing arts as a therapist who understands the unique challenges and pressures within the industry. 

To express an interest, please fill in the form below and we will get back to you. You can also access the form via this link.

If you have any issues with the form or questions about the workshop please email Anna Broomfield or you can call the office on 0131 225 8050.