Consulting Services

  • Are you a self-producing artist or company?
  • Have a production in the works or a new program in development?
  • Working on increasing your audience and presence?

If so, you’re in the right spot!  Here you will find practical solutions that fit your specific needs; providing support for your work and taking it to the next level of success.

Jeremy Williams provides consulting services for individual artists and arts organizations of all sizes from emerging to established companies.  Each service is customized for your specific needs and budget because having outside support for your work is essential for you to successfully reach your goals.

What is consulting and how can it help you?

To consult is to have a conversation.  This conversation is led by an expert who’s on the outside of your artistic process and organization to help articulate your strengths and concerns to formulate an action plan that will support your work.   We know how useful an outside eye can be in our artistic process and the same is true for every other process that relates to our art business.  I say “business” as a verb; art-making is the thing that we do but there are a lot of surrounding processes that support the art itself which also need attention.  No matter if you are an individual artist or an organization with a support staff, an outside eye on your projects can help shape your process and facilitate conversations that lead to a clear plan for success.  

My approach to consulting is centered around Audience Engagement.  This has been a big buzz phrase in our field in the past few years, but what is it?  Audience Engagement is how we relate to, and engage with, our audiences all of the time from performing to programming to promoting and every step in-between.  I will lead  you to put Audience Engagement into action through planning, evaluating, and executing a plan that maximizes your potential to meet your goals as an artist and business.

Check out this 1-minute video on Audience Engagement. And here’s a couple of testimonials from artists I’ve been in conversation with.

Services Offered

I’m happy to have a conversation about any aspect of your work, but here are the top 5 conversations I’ve been engaged with recently.  There’s a quick form below where you can start the conversation or ask a question.  Our first conversation is on the house and you will not be under any financial obligation until we have agreed on all of the details.

Producing

Every project, no matter the size, takes a certain amount of planning to be successful. Without a plan, which includes flexibility and contingencies, your vision may not become fully realized. Producing is a combination of strategic planning and resource evlauation that encompasess and drives the entire process of a project – from allocating responsibilities across your full team, to setting metrics for success, to mitigating risk. I offer a wide range of producing services that include:

  • one-time consultation on your existing plan
  • creating a full producing plan that includes production and fundraising planning, budget development, metrics for success, resource evaluation
  • serving as “producer” on your project and providing management and leadership for your production

New work development

You have a great idea for a new theatrical production (play, musical, dance, performance art, night life, etc) but need some help translating this from your mind to the stage. Creative problem solving through a theatrical lens is my forte! I have experience leading the development process of over 50 original works to various levels of production including staged readings, workshop presentations, and full productions. There are a wide range of possibilities that could include:

  • one-time conversation about your project or a particular aspect of your project
  • rehearsal or studio visits to offer feedback
  • on-going support for the development of your project through meetings & conversations
  • director and/or choreographer for your new work

Audience Development & Cultivation

Performance is never complete without an audience. No matter where you are in the world you have access to different audience members, but how can you connect with them? Audience Development looks to local and long distance audiences for your project, company, or brand and provides a strategy for your to expand your audiences with individuals and partnerships that are well-matched to your work and mission.

Audience Cultivation works with your existing audience-base to deepen their interest and loyalty by opening up your creative process and letting your audience into the magic of what you do. This results in increased earned and contributed income as well as a deeply connected, engaged audience for your work!

Facilitation

The role of the facilitator is to make a conversation enjoyable, easy, and productive. I facilitate many different kinds of conversations within creative communities which include conversations between artists and audience members, artists and arts administrators, students and professional artists, as well as organizational leadership including executive, artistic, advisory, and boards. I have experience facilitating large groups of several hundred participants to intimate groups of two or three individuals and everything inbetween. Here are a few types of conversations I frequently facilitate:

  • pre & post-performance conversations
  • feedback & evaluation sessions
  • creative brainstorming
  • learning communities
  • strategic and vision planning

Program Development

Designing and implementing a new program involves choreographing a lot of moving parts. I’ve had the pleasure of developing many different kinds of programs for youth through seniors within a wide range of settings including schools, colleges, arts organizations, and community centers. Creating a new program involves many steps from defining the program, organizing resources needed, creating a budget and preparing the financial needs, establishing a program evaluation, creating documentation of the workings of the program so it can be repeated, and testing the program in a case-study or pilot. Programs take careful planning and administration to be successful and sustainable.

Pricing

Pricing for Consulting Services varies based on your needs, goals, and the type of project we are working on together.  I offer flexible pricing and will work with your budget to create a solution that supports you and your work.

Start the Conversation

I’m looking forward to learning more about your work! Before we get started on a plan, please take a moment to answer these questions. They will help me understand you, your work, and your needs. I’ll follow up with an email to set up a time for our first conversation. We’ll talk about your questions and needs and develop an action plan for success!  Remember, our first conversation is on the house and you will not be under any financial obligation until we have agreed on all of the details.

Jeremy@Jeremy-Williams.org

Bio & Recent Clients

Williams’ approach to performance-making, consulting and educating is centered around promoting and teaching Audience Engagement as a tool for artistic and business success. He is a leader in the field, developing and teaching frameworks that reimagine the ways in which performance makers relate to audiences and that audience experience performance. Williams has designed scores of events that invite audiences into the creative process of making theatre and dance, including Audience Engagement workshops for the City of Boulder’s Dance Bridge and in his role as Community Manager for the Audience Engagement Platform. He has also co-created residency programs specifically built around Audience Engagement for TheaterLab (NYC) and Adelphi University (Long Island, NY). Currently, he acts as Associate Facilitator for Engaging Dance Audiences Round 2 with Dance/USA, creating and co-facilitating the Learning Community, national webinars, and field-wide training.

 

Adelphi University
a private liberal arts college

Projects include: Audience Engagement Consultant; Facilitator; Post-performance Conversations (dance & theatre departments)

Professional Development for High School Performing Arts teachers: “Evaluating the Creative Process” & “Risk, Failure, & Innovation”
Boulder Dance Resource
dance service organization serving Boulder County in Colorado

Audience Engagement workshop
Chris Mohr
independent composer, "From the Realm of the Shadow"

Producer: fundraising leadership, production planning and management, new work development

Dance Enthusiast
a website dedicated to writing about dance and promoting dance as an artform


Web content & event creation consultant
Engaging Dance Audiences & Dance/USA
Dance/USA is the national service organization for dance companies and artists. EDA is a program designed to increase learning in the field around audience engagement practices.

Associate Facilitator for EDA Round 2; areas include planning and co-facilitating the grantee convenings at the Dance/USA national conferences (2013 & 2014); co-creating the Learning Community using social learning and technology, co-hosting national webinars.
Eliza Lad
independent theatre maker, performer, & teacher.

Producing & new work development consultant for "on est déshabillé" at the Berkshire Fringe Festival
Gina Gibney Dance
a dance company and center in NYC

Producing & Special Projects consultant. Selected projects include: Producer, DANCentricity, Associate Project Manager & Transition Consultant- 280 Broadway, Producing Coordinator, “Dividing Line” at Florence Gould Hall
Kevin Dedes
independent playwright

Producing Consultant for the play "Turtleback High"
Kinesis Project dance Theater
a dance company based in NYC

Producing consultant. Projects include company leadership strategy, earned Income consultant, Facilitator for post-show conversation for “Pressing Empty” at Danspace
Nick Stryker Designs
independent fashion designer based in NYC


Marketing & audience/client cultivation
Phoenix Theater Ensemble
a theatre company based in NYC

Earned income consulting & developing audience engagement events
Salem State University
a teaching university with a BFA in Theatre

New work development & audience engagement consultant on the play "Ghosts of Troy"
Scott Lyons & Company
a dance company based in NYC

Producing and new work development consulting on the work "The Chicken Show"
Victoria Children’s Museum
a museum dedicated to experiential learning and community engagement in the city of Victoria, TX

Board training for Vision Statement planning for the 2014 Capital Campaign