Our MEMBERS

Find out how our member organisations work to support theatre artists. STAMP's current members are:

Gate Theatre

GLYPT

Graeae

Hackney Showroom

Improbable

Jacksons Lane

Little Angel Theatre

National Theatre

New Diorama Theatre

The Old Red Lion

Omnibus Theatre

The Old Vic

Ovalhouse

Park Theatre

Penned in the Margins

Pleasance

Poplar Union

Rich Mix

Riverside Studios

Shoreditch Town Hall

Soho Theatre

Stratford Circus Arts Centre

Streatham Space Project

Talawa

Tamasha

Theatre Delicatessen

Theatre503

Unicorn Theatre

VAULT Festival

The Yard

Yellow Earth

Young Vic

If you're from an organisation who would like to get involved with STAMP, please email:

james@cptheatre.co.uk

> The Albany

Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG - Website - Email

What art forms do you support?
Contemporary, devised and spoken word theatre; Contemporary music (jazz, urban, soul, experimental, electronic); Circus; Interdisciplinary; Outdoor arts; Work for children and families; Work which pushes boundaries/artform practice, and reflects the diversity of 21st Century London (South East in particular); Intergenerational work; Work which is co-created with communities and audiences; Work which has the potential to engage audiences in a ‘Creative Town Hall’ experience. We also manage and programme Deptford Lounge and Canada Water Theatre, which are library and community venues. For these we are interested in work which thrives in unconventional spaces, makes the most of the library connections, and/or is co-created with the community.

What types of artist do you support?
We support all kinds of artists to push their artform or practice and create or co-create interdisciplinary work. We can support work which is ready to be shown to an audience through our ‘Albany Presents’ artistic programme, and also work which needs further development through ‘Albany R&D’.

How do you offer support?
Commissions; Rehearsal space; Producing/marketing/fundraising/technical support and advice; Creative input or support with finding the right collaborators; Support with co-creation models; Support with making your work more accessible – we are a relaxed venue with many accessible performances and projects in our programme. If you’re trying something new and need advice, we offer a FREE artist advice surgery every month.

Do you have any specific events/opportunities for artists developing new work?
Our Albany R&D scheme offers: 1 week rehearsal space; Bespoke package of support e.g. producing, technical, marketing, creative input, collaborators, community engagement. Must have one public-facing moment though not necessarily a sharing. Several times a year we have open calls for specific commissions, but we accept proposals all year round. We run lots of workshops and events for emerging artists of all ages.

How should artists approach you about their work?
Read our artistic policy and then send us a proposal to programming@thealbany.org.uk. For open calls/commissions, please see specific details on our website.

 

 

> Almeida Theatre

Almeida Street, Islington, London N1 1TA - Website

Information coming soon...

 

 

> Applecart Arts

170 Harold Road, Plaistow, London E13 0SE - Website - Email

What art forms do you support?
We support theatre, dance, and new writing. Our main rehearsal and performance spaces are currently focussed on theatre and spoken word/poetry.  We also have 10 offices/studios for rent that currently host a pottery studio, multimedia art company, a freelance musician and a digital radio station.

What types of artist do you support?
We are looking for unheard stories, groups working with marginalised communities, new companies who are creating social and politically interesting work. We work with a wide range of artistic disciplines – creating original music, film, visual art and drama. We combine this with our long-standing commitment to community engagement and a pursuit of artistic excellence.

How do you offer support?
We offer subsidised rehearsal space for new work and box office splits on performances.

Do you have any specific events/opportunities for artists developing new work?
Not at the moment but we are open to companies approaching us with a pitch.

How should artists approach you about their work?
By emailing info@applecartarts.com or calling 0203 475 4280.

 

 

> Arcola Theatre

24 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8 3DL - Website - Email

What art forms do you support?

Arcola produce and programme a wide range of theatre, from New Writing, Opera and Comedy, to timely revivals of Classic Plays. We prioritise text based work, especially (although by no means exclusively) work from BAMER artists. Arcola also has a reputation for English language premieres of new plays from the UK, and across the world. Our work is locally engaged, and internationally minded.

 

What type of artists do you support?

Arcola has two Studios that engage with artists at different stages of their careers. In Studio 1 we produce work by established and leading theatre makers, most of whom are known to the theatre. Studio 2 is our home of emerging theatre makers where we primarily programme new work by emerging or early-career artists, many of whom are “new” to Arcola (often coming through one of our talent development programmes).

 

How do you offer support?

We primarily work with artists in one of our two talent development programmes. Without a literary department, our annual PlayWROUGHT programme is our entry point for new play development, culminating in a week of staged readings, many of which go onto productions at Arcola or elsewhere. As one of the UK’s Sustained Theatre Hubs, ArcolaLAB is our 100% subsidised space programme, offering BAMER artists the opportunity to make use of one of Arcola;s rehearsal studios. This can be for anywhere between 1 day to 2 weeks to develop a new idea, host a reading or host rehearsals.

 

Do you have any specific events/opportunities for artists developing new work?

Grimeborn Opera Festival operates on open submission, which is rolling throughout the year. PlayWROUGHT has a short submission window each year, and ArcolaLAB is rolling applications with allocations made one quarter in advance. We also run Consenting Adults, a skills development programme for emerging artists which runs twice a year. Course range from beginner to intermediate and across acting, directing, youth facilitation and script work.

 

How should artists approach you about their work?

PlayWROUGHT applications are announced on our website, and to our writers mailing lists (sign up online); ArcolaLAB is open application online via a submission portal; to submit a production (including for Grimeborn), we have an open submission online portal, but please be aware that due to the volume of proposals we receive we cannot respond to everyone; Any invites to readings or productions can be addressed to our production team via email production@arcolatheatre.com. Sign up to our mailing list and look out for our regular call outs for work, and submit your ideas through our application process if it fits the bill.

 

> artsadmin

28 Commercial St, Spitalfields, London E1 6AB - Website - Email

What art forms do you support?

Artsadmin’s focus is contemporary performance practices, live art and interdisciplinary work. Please note that if you are working primarily in scriptwriting, staged plays, traditional circus, puppetry, craft, painting, sculpture, traditional forms of dance, opera and music this is outside the focus of Artsadmin’s work.

 

What types of artist do you support?

Artsadmin works in a range of ways to support artists of all levels of experience, from those new to making work to those with established bodies of work. We usually work with UK-based artists but the work itself may have a local, national or international reach.

 

How do you offer support?

Artsadmin supports artists in a number of different ways. Our Advisory Service offers free, one-to-one advice sessions to UK-based artists working in contemporary performance, at any stage of their career. Meetings are informal and artist-led, offering an opportunity to talk about anything from artistic ideas and project development to funding and contexts for your work. Artsadmin offers a programme of professional development workshops and creative labs. Our Bursary Scheme supports artistic experiment and risk within a framework of constructive and critical dialogue. Selection is via an open call process every 18 months. In partnership with Shape, Artsadmin runs Unlimited, a commissioning programme supporting ambitious, creative projects by outstanding disabled artists and companies across the UK. You can find our online resources via our e-digest and resources pages.

 

How should artists approach you about their work?

If your work falls within the art form areas defined above, please get in touch through advisoryservice@artsadmin.co.uk or visit here. Artsadmin also produces artists’ projects in local, national and international contexts. Our building Toynbee Studios hires out rehearsal studios and hosts a public programme.

 

> artsdepot

5 Nether St, North Finchley, London N12 0GA - Website - Email

What art forms do you support?

We support artists from a range of performance based art forms including theatre, dance, circus, music and comedy.

 

What types of artist do you support?

We work with artists from all performance based art forms and including both new and established companies.

 

How do you offer support?

We offer residency artists support through space in kind, seed funding and access to resources and expertise within a professional working multi art form venue.

 

Do you have any specific events/opportunities for artists developing new work?

Since unveiling our Creation Space in 2014 we have developed our R&D residency programme. The residency programme is a way for artsdepot to engage with emerging and established individuals and companies from different art form background including theatre, dance, circus, music and comedy. We select residency artists through an open application process twice-annually.

 

How should artists approach you about their work?

Artists can be the first to know about our opportunities by signing up to our artist development mailing list or getting in touch with our programming team via programming@artsdepot.co.uk.

 

> Battersea Arts Centre

Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN - Website - Email

For more information on how we programme and support artists, see our website.

 

> Barbican Centre

Silk St, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DS - Website

What art forms do you support?

We are a multi-arts venue presenting art, music, theatre, dance, film and creative learning events. The Theatre and Dance team presents and commissions a variety of work, mainly across two spaces - The Theatre (capacity 1156) and The Pit (capacity 150). We also programme offsite events and festivals in East London and Bitesize Barbican events in our foyer spaces.

 

What type of artists do you support?

In the Theatre we present international work by leading companies and auteurs. In our Pit Theatre and outside of our theatre spaces we showcase emerging talent and are particularly interested in multi-disciplinary work that challenge the idea of what theatre can be.

 

How do you offer support?

Open Lab gives artists the space to experiment in either a working theatrical space without the expectation of a final product. Mentoring, a small budget of £200 for resources and free lunches for the team as well as in-kind support are all part of this offer. The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award is an annual award for a company or individual to create a show to be performed as part of the Barbican’s Theatre season, either in the Pit or an off-site venue. The award supports emerging practitioners from all disciplines engaged in bold, challenging and innovative performance. Each year at least two shortlisted applicants receive a £2,500 RnD grant to develop their idea, with one of these going on to receive a production grant of up to £32,000, along with in-kind support from the Barbican and a mentor for the project.

 

Any specific events for emerging artists?

Our Pit Parties often include emerging artists as part of their line-ups, including Open Lab alumni. The Bitesize Barbican strand is also designed to feature emerging artists.

 

How best for new artists to make an approach?

Our seasons are programmed at least a year in advance. If you are planning to apply for The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust, please get in touch and let us know about any upcoming performances: OSBTTA@barbican.org.uk. If you would like more information on Open Lab, then please contact openlab@barbican.org.uk.

 

> Bernie Grant Arts Centre

Town Hall Approach Rd, Tottenham Green, London N15 4RX - Website - Email

What art forms do you support?

The Bernie Grant Arts Centre supports a wide spectrum of art forms. Contemporary theatre, dance, music, visual arts, cinema, or cross art form contemporary works. We also support festivals or creative site-specific works that has a direct impact on the residents of Tottenham.

 

What types of artist do you support?

BGAC endeavours to work with and support BME artists and those from disadvantaged communities to create and present works that are truly representative & reflective of the diverse world in which we live. The BGAC will pilot, test and develop new strands of work. Championing new work which melds art forms helping to create new vibrant creative vocabularies. The BGAC’s original drive was to reduce the bias in the arts world that had contributed to significant under-representation and the low progression of those of Black British and people from culturally diverse backgrounds. Providing access to the arts, career progression and the development of artists continue to be our artistic priorities.

 

How do you offer support?

We are able to support artists on a project by project basis depending on the artist’s needs. We may be able to provide artists with access to free or low cost venue hire, skills enhancement/mentorship and partnership opportunities to present works in development, or for final presentation.

 

Do you have any specific events/opportunities for artists developing new work?

Currently, artists should make contact with the BGAC to discuss their needs. We are developing infrastructure and programmes at the moment that will enable artists to easily access support in the near future.

 

How should artists approach you about their work?

Artists should keep an eye on our social media channels for announcements of opportunities. Artists can email programming@berniegrantcentre.co.uk with an overview of their project.

 

> Blue Elephant Theatre

59A Bethwin Rd, Camberwell, London SE5 0XT - Website - Email

What artforms do you support?

Theatre, dance and performing arts. Generally we do not programme new productions of established scripts which have had runs in London previously. Our focus is on supporting emerging artists creating new work - although 'emerging' can be quite broad.

What type of artists do you support?

Focused on new and emerging artists, across theatre, performing arts and dance.

How do you offer support?

We generally co-produce incoming work on a 50/50 box office split basis. We try to give rehearsal space where possible, and give fundraising, press, marketing and general support to our companies and artists.

Any specific events for artists?

Blue Elephant Theatre runs a regular writers group, as well as Trunkated scratch nights where artists can try out ideas in front of a supportive audience.

 

How should artists approach you about their work?

Artists approach us in lots of ways but the best is to email us at submissions@blueelephanttheatre.co.uk with a description of the proposed work, some background about their work and ideally footage of past work and some idea of dates/length of run.

 

> The Bunker

53a Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU - Website - Email

What artforms do you support? 

New plays and anything that experiments with the idea of what theatre can be, from raves to political rallies to art exhibitions. 

What type of artists do you support?

New and exciting artists mixed with established world class artists, with a strong eye on the underrepresented, be it in terms of gender, class, race, disability or sexuality.

How do you offer support?

We provide producing mentoring and artistic support via dramaturgical help and advice for the industry. We also make sure that all artists are nurtured and have a place to thrive. Being programmed at The Bunker isn't just getting a room, but all the experience and help from an experienced and dedicated team to flourish further in your career.

Any specific events for artists?

We provide a free Writers' Snug in the day for writers to come and use with free wifi, coffee and networking.  We also do Q&As for artists to learn more about the process of shows, and sporadic events that will help advice and offer help to underrepresented artists.

 

How should artists approach you about their work?

Email us! Our new work coordinator Matt Maltby handles all our initial approaches, and passes invitations, scripts and general enquiries on to the appropriate members of our team, including Chris Sonnex, our Artistic Director.

 

> Bush Theatre

7 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd's Bush, London W12 8LJ - Website

Information coming soon...

 

> Camden People's Theatre

58-60 Hampstead Road, Kings Cross, London NW1 2PY - Website - Email

What art forms do you support?

We programme contemporary and inventive theatre and performance, with an emphasis on work addressing the political, cultural and social issues that matter to people right now. Much of our programming centres around our themed festivals, held several times a year. We don’t typically programme script-based work.

 

What type of artists do you support?

We are dedicated to supporting artists at the start of their careers, and proactively seek opportunities to engage with artists who are very new to professional theatre. We tend to support companies and theatre-makers, rather than individual actors, writers etc.

 

How do you offer support?

We offer: occasional large/co-producing commissions; regular seed commissions; our annual artist support programme Starting Blocks; our paid scratch nights Big Bang; free rehearsal space; free workshops; programming opportunities; ad-hoc support according to the needs of the artist.

 

Any specific events for emerging artists?

All our festivals have an open-call element and all welcome work from new artists. Our annual Sprint festival particularly serves very early career artists. Our artist support / peer network platform Starting Blocks runs every Jan-March. Big Bang is our paid scratch night. We offer free workshops every season to emerging artists covering topics such as marketing, fundraising and tech.

 

> China Plate

London office based at: 28 Commercial St, Spitalfields, London E1 6AB - Website

Information coming soon...