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In this series, Ricky Young-Howze shares his experience of starting his own not-for-profit theatre company and offers advice.

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Theatre DIY Don’ts

Don’t Write Checks You Can’t Cash

3 March 2017

In this final installment, Ricky Young-Howze reflects on self-producing new work in a “theatre desert,” and acknowledges the importance of learning, wisdom, and respect.

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Theatre DIY Don’ts

Don’t Forget to Take Pictures

6 February 2017

In this installment, Ricky Young-Howze discusses the importance of having archival footage of new work, which serves as a historical document.

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Theatre DIY Don’ts

Don’t Settle for Your Venues

4 December 2016

In this installment, Ricky Young-Howze discusses the importance of choosing the right venue for productions.

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Theatre DIY Don’ts

Don’t Get Too Complicated

28 August 2016

In this installment, Ricky Young-Howze discusses the complex nature of producing and shares what he learned about the art of delegation. 

Don’t Forget the Human Element in Marketing
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Don’t Forget the Human Element in Marketing

14 July 2016

In this installment, Ricky Young-Howze discusses his experience marketing his play Last Hope for Twenty Miles, and what he learned for future reference.

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Theatre DIY Don’ts

Don’t Neglect Your Greatest Asset

18 May 2016

In this installment, Ricky Young-Howze discusses the difference between a flameout and burnout, and shares his experience dealing with both in his former company.

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Theatre DIY Don’ts

Never Spread Yourself Too Thin

16 April 2016

In this second installment, Ricky Young-Howze shares a lesson he learned while wearing multiple hats in his theatre company.

I Started My Own Company, Failed Miserably, and I’m Eternally Grateful
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I Started My Own Company, Failed Miserably, and I’m Eternally Grateful

14 March 2016

In this first installment, Ricky Young-Howze shares his experience of starting his own not-for-profit theatre company and offers advice.

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