Make Your Own Damn Tea: building resilience in freelancers...

Make Your Own Damn Tea: building resilience in freelancers...

  • Date & Time: Tuesday 1 February at 1:30pm to 3pm
  • Price: £5.00 per person
  • Venue: This session will take place on Zoom and will be auto-captioned

“Make Your Own Damn Tea is about finding the emotional resilience to change your world, while taking practical, down to earth, achievable steps to make change happen.”

In this talk Athena Stevens will explore leadership structures and what they actually mean for freelancers. She will discuss the importance of putting yourself first and take you through how to ask the uncomfortable questions, and why it’s worth doing so.

The session will cover the role of Unions and protective organisations in supporting freelancers.

The second half will include an opportunity to share your experiences, and gain input and advice on how to approach your specific challenges and fears.

A Little Bit About the Speaker

Athena Stevens is a writer, performer, director and social activist. She is the Artistic Director of Aegis Productions Ltd, the writer in residence at the Finborough Theatre and a Creative Council member and an Associate Artist at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. In 2019 she was nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre for her play Schism. In 2021 Athena won the OFFIE Award for Best New Play for her play Scrounger. 

Athena is a Trustee for the Young Women's Trust, a Trustee for Theatre Deli, a Patron for Coram Shakespeare Schools Foundation, a co-founder of the Primadonna Literary Festival, a National Freelance Task Force member and a founding member of the Women’s Equality Party. 

Born in Chicago, she now lives in London. Athena was born with athetoid cerebral palsy.

In 2020 we surveyed creative practitioners across Cambridgeshire, to help us understand what development opportunities are needed most. We had over 130 responses, with many practitioners looking for advice & peer support.

Now, as part of The Library Presents’ commitment to artist development, we are excited to offer a series of talks and workshops, all designed to support you. With advice from submitting an expression of interest to our artist call out, to giving you all the tools you need to be a successful creative freelancer.

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