Skills Workshops for Professional Development

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We believe that everyone has significant abilities which are often locked inside them. Our DROP THE ACT skills workshops are designed to tap into what’s great about you and build your practical skills. 

Since launching our original Communication Skills Workshop in 2007, Northern Stage has welcomed participants from organisations across the region, our clients ranging from high-profile companies and public bodies to SMEs and sole traders.

With our training partners, Mortal Fools, we are pleased to offer a range of skills workshops.


Forthcoming dates

Future open workshop dates for autumn 2018 will be announced soon. 

Early Bird rate: £238.50+VAT per place (10% discount) on bookings made 30 days before the workshop date

Standard rate: £265+VAT per place

(For bespoke / inhouse workshops please see booking information below.)

About our Skills Workshops

Our skills workshops utilise practices from the creative sector to support participants to identify and build on their individual strengths and attributes, develop new practical skills and aid their professional and personal development.

Our workshops encourage participants to feel, think and build practical skills through participation. There is almost no desk-based learning in our workshops and we hope it will be unlike any training you have done before. 

Whether you’re looking to develop your leadership practice, communicate more engagingly, or build resilience in your organisation, we can offer dynamic and effective approaches.

Our training is delivered by experienced facilitators, directors and creative practitioners in environments which are genuinely supportive and accessible. All our skills workshops are suitable for corporate groups or individuals.

Open, In-House and Bespoke Workshops

As well as our programme of open workshop dates throughout the year which you can book onto, organisations can book an in-house skills workshop for a staff group either at Northern Stage or your organisation's premises.

If our existing workshops don’t quite fit your needs, we can also combine elements of the existing workshops or design a bespoke workshop to meet your specific requirements.

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It was great to develop skills and build confidence in such a dynamic environment.

Participant, Womble Bond Dickinson

Fun and encouraging. I will take away a new confidence and self-empowerment.

Participant, Ryder Architecture

Best training I have ever been on! I have already recommended to colleagues and friends.

Participant, Newcastle University


Past Skills Workshop clients have included:

  • Apex Acoustics
  • AV Festival
  • BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
  • British Heart Foundation
  • Generator
  • Lloyds TSB Bank
  • Mind
  • Newcastle City Council
  • NewcastleGateshead Initiative
  • Newcastle University
  • Newcastle University Business School MBA Programme
  • NatWest
  • Northumbrian Water
  • Northumbria University
  • Port of Tyne
  • Ryder Architecture
  • Sintons
  • Tyneside Cinema
  • UBS
  • Virgin Money
  • Ward Hadaway
  • Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

Key details

Venue: Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7RH or in-house workshops at your organisation’s premises, by arrangement.

Workshop duration: One day workshop, 9:30am to 5:00pm. Registration from 9:15am. Workshops commence at 9:30am; Half day workshop, as per published times.

Workshop capacity: 12-16 participants. The minimum group size for In-House or Bespoke workshops is 12.

Refreshments: One day workshops includes lunch & refreshments. Half day workshops includes refreshments.


To book an open workshop date or for an in-house or bespoke workshop for your organisation please contact:

Jonathan Bailey, Skills Workshop Coordinator

Tel: 0191 242 7204

Or email: [email protected]