We’re super excited to launch the next phase in our ongoing development of East Meets West: your brand new online community network!

You can now register for an account at eastmeetswest.org.uk/register. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll be able to:

  • Build a profile to tell the rest of the community about who you are, what you do, and the projects you’re currently working on;
  • Access the community directory where you can search for and view other member’s profiles;
  • Post to your own activity wall, other members’ activity walls, and on the site-wide activity stream;
  • Send private messages to other members;
  • Post to the various community discussion forums (including the Advice Line forum, the Community Noticeboard, the General Discussions forum, the Jobs & Opportunities forum, and the Tour Booking Database). Any topics you start on the forums will also be included in a community round-up bulletin which is emailed to members each week;
  • Add events to the community calendar, including your tour dates;
  • Comment on blog posts.

The membership sections of the website are private. This means you need to have an account and log into the site to access the membership features listed above. This also means your profile and other information you post through your account can’t be seen by visitors who aren’t logged in. For full information about privacy, read our Terms, Conditions and Community Guidelines and our Privacy & Data Usage Policy.

The busy East Meets West Facebook Group is a valuable resource and we’ll continue to use it. However we’re aware that an increasing number of people are choosing to leave Facebook due to privacy concerns, mental health considerations or other reasons. For those people, we hope the East Meets West online community network will be an alternative space where they can connect with industry peers across the Midlands.

Building a profile for yourself means the member directory can become a searchable database of all the people working in the region (useful when you’re next looking for that Production Manager). If we all add our events to the community calendar, it could become a useful anti-clash diary for us all. Soon we’ll be inviting members to submit articles and opinion pieces to the blog.

Providing these features is our next step in reducing barriers between and within the East and West Midlands’ independent theatre communities. It’s a bit of an experiment, but we hope you’ll find the new features useful. We’ll be relying on members to add almost all of the content and we recognise the huge contribution this will make to the success of the network. The more it is used, the more valuable it will become.

So what are you waiting for? Grab yourself a profile! Start by registering here.