As many of you may not know or seen me before, I am Katie Ranson, the creator of From Page to Stage Designers (FPTSD). I manage the company on my own in between my full-time job. I initially started FPTSD as something to do, I wanted to keep up my production arts work throughout lockdown as my home wasn’t exactly cut out for set construction. It was jump started by a micro grant from Coventry City of Culture, that gave me the initiative to create a small event to inspire creativity.

This initial workshop inspired me to continue the work and host more workshops focused on educating young people about the skills needed within production arts. The events have continued online, via zoom due to the restrictions in place allowing me to reach a wider audience. From Page to Stage Designers became a love and passion and the participation of all workshop attendees gave me the desire to see where I could take this new venture. I learnt so much from creating and hosting workshops, as well as running the business behind the screen. This gave me the opportunity to develop my administration and marketing skills, something that does not come naturally.

I come from a production arts background, training in technical theatre and production arts, discovering my specialism in set. It has been a dream of mine to have a career within the production arts industry ever since I first started training – without this, FPTSD may never have come about. What the future holds? I am now embarking on my next step of my journey by attending Guildhall School of Music and Drama within the Design Realisation pathway. Due to this, August’s workshop will be the last workshop to be held in 2021. I will be taking a step back from FPTSD workshops after this to allow me to put the required focus into my studies.

Although my main focus will be on my studies, I still want to create educational content; such as my activity booklets and videos, all available freely. I will try to create the content as much as possible whilst also managing my educational responsibility, there may also be time for me to host ad hoc workshops in the future. In the meantime, I will be settling into my new routine and distribute my time effectively between Guildhall and FPTSD.

Finally , I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported FPTSD. I have met some wonderful people who have taught me a great deal about business, and also met some amazingly talented young people. It is your passion and enthusiasm that help me and keeps pushing me to continue this work.

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