Our MEMBERS

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

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

Information coming soon...

> The Cockpit

Gateforth Street, London NW8 8EH - Website - Email

 
 

What artforms do you support?

Plays, dance, opera, performance art, musical theatre, puppetry, performance poetry, physical theatre, and plenty more disciplines are welcome. We love to see artists using our flexible auditorium in 3 sides or in the round.

What type of artists do you support?
The Cockpit is a Theatre of Ideas and Disruptive Panache. Dysfunctional times need fully-functioning theatre with things to say. Our aim is to reinvent the London fringe tradition of home-grown provocative theatre. This is motivated theatre, driven by a necessary urge to create, with eclectic style and socio-political edge, and encouraging ensemble style working among theatre-makers with things to say.

How do you offer support? Any specific events for artists?
"Theatre Maker" is our artist development programme, with classes, workshops, scratch nights, readings, supported performance opportunities, and networking events including our monthly Theatre Maker Happy Hour.

There are opportunities for theatre makers in our various programming strands: Theatre of Ideas, Jazz in the Round and Emergence (Jazz + People + Art)  Consent/Taboo (exploring attitudes to sex and sexuality), Journey to Nutopia (positive futurism), Cockpit Kids, and the annual Voila! Europe Theatre Festival.

How can artists get in touch?
Our website has information about bringing a show, taking a course, and getting involved in new work development. www.thecockpit.org.uk. You can also email Amy Clare Tasker - theatremaker@thecockpit.org.uk - with any questions.  

> Donmar Warehouse

41 Earlham St, Seven Dials, London WC2H 9LX - Website Email

What art forms do you support?

Theatre.

 

What type of artists do you support?

We primarily stage the work of established artists, but our Resident Assistant Director and Resident Design Assistant positions are 12-month long, paid training opportunities which early career directors and designers are encouraged to apply for every year.

 

How do you offer support?

See above.

 

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

Not at the moment.

How should artists approach you about their work? 

The Donmar doesn’t tend to host touring or pre-made work – we create all of our productions in-house.  But if you would like us to get to know your work in general then please email us an invitation to see it (with as much notice as possible) to office@donmarwarehouse.com.  We really appreciate an invitation and try to see as much as possible.  We aren’t able to accept unsolicited scripts.

 

> Finborough Theatre

118 Finborough Rd, Kensington, London SW10 9ED - Website

Information coming soon...

 

> Fuel Theatre

London office based at: Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA - Website - Email

What art forms do you support?

We support artists whose work is rooted in live performance and we are interested in supporting artists who work cross artforms including dance, music, spoken word, comedy, film and digital. We have a particular focus on new work.

 

What type of artists do you support?

We support artists we are excited by and who are creating adventurous work and who have something important to say about the wold we live in. We work with artists at all stages of their career, across demographics of age, socioeconomic or cultural background.

 

How do you offer support?

We are always open to working with new artists at different stages of their career.

How should artists approach you about their work? 

The best way to begin a relationship with us, is to invite us to see your work, and we will try and come to see the show. Please give us at least 6 weeks notice before the show happens and send the invites to info@fueltheatre.com.

 

> Gate Theatre

11 Pembridge Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 3HQ - Website - Email

What art forms do you support?

The Gate Theatre is a crucible for radical, international live performance. We support artists working across different forms including theatre, dance and live art. 

 

What type of artists do you support?

We are committed to supporting a diverse range of practitioners and have a long history of supporting emerging artists in the industry. We nurture the best new talent to push the boundaries of what theatre is and what else it could be.  

How do you offer support?

We offer support through mentorship and development workshops for artists, as well as a regular program of public workshops exploring different ways of working. Any artist who has worked at the Gate becomes part of our artist alumni network and is also entitled to use our space for free when it is available in addition to receiving development workshops. We also have desk space available for artists. In addition, we have a young company called the Young Associates, a group of 17-23 year old artists including designers, directors, writers and performers who attend regular workshops, make work at the Gate and participate in rehearsals and development of our work. Finally, we have an open door policy. We endeavour to meet anyone who would like to meet for a coffee, just send us an email.

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

We are sometimes able to offer rehearsal and desk space to artists developing new work.

How should artists approach you about their work?

It is important to familiarise yourself with the work that we do at the Gate before getting in touch. Artists should also read any relevant information on our website in order to direct their communication. To invite us to work or if you'd like to find out more about what's happening at the Gate or talk about a project that might resonate with us, contact associate@gatetheatre.co.uk.

> Graeae

Bradbury Studios, 138 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8DY - Website - Email

What art forms do you support?

Graeae is a force for change in world-class theatre, breaking down barriers, challenging preconceptions and boldly placing D/deaf and disabled artists centre stage. Artistically led by Jenny Sealey, Graeae’s signature characteristic is the compelling creative integration of sign language, captioning and audio description.

 

What type of artists do you support?

Graeae champions creative platforms for D/deaf and disabled artists, children and young people through our productions and creative learning project.

 

How do you offer support?

D/deaf and disabled artists can undertake professional development with Graeae through our programmes, with emphasis placed on skills development, mentoring and collaboration. Our creative development programmes include: Ensemble; a work based training programme for young people 17-30. Write to Play; Graeae’s flagship new writing programme. Both of these programmes are by application. Information will be emailed via our mailing list and on our website when then next round of applications open. Graeae also offers mentoring for D/deaf and disabled artists.

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

Graeae also run the following programmes - please keep an eye on our website for further announcements about when these programmes run and how to apply: Playchats; Graeae’s Introduction to Playwriting workshops offer early career writers an insight into the nuts and bolts of writing for live performance, inspiring new writers to start writing. Playlabs; Play Labs offer a safe and accessible space, and creative support for Deaf and disabled artists wishing to experiment in new forms and explore raw ideas and fresh stories for live performance.

How should artists approach you about their work?

Please sign up to our mailing list or email info@graeae.org and invite us to see your work.

 
 

> Hackney Showroom

Hackney Showroom HQ, 5 Felton Street, London N1 5NA - Website

Information coming soon...

 

> Improbable

London office: PopHub Leicester Square, 41 Whitcomb Street, London WC2H 7DT

Website - Email

What art forms do you support?

Improvisation, theatre, performance, opera, dance, puppetry and outdoor arts.

 

What type of artists do you support?

Any and all! We support individual artists and companies through direct mentoring relationships; mothers who are artists through Mothers Who Make; and any type of artist is welcome at Devoted & Disgruntled or our Annual Winter Mentoring Fete.

 

How do you offer support?

Improbable offers a range of different things. Some current examples are: 1) Direct mentoring relationships between artists / companies and a member of the Improbable team. This is often about artistic development, dramaturgical support, or producing and starting a company. As Improbable's work is improvised and often devised, we're best placed to support artists / companies making similar types of work. 2) An annual Winter Mentoring Fete, which matches early-career theatre / performance artists with more established companies for no-strings advice and networking. 3) Devoted & Disgruntled (D&D) - an ongoing conversation about the future of the performing arts. D&D events regularly address key questions around artist support and development, and the events - which are mostly free - can be a good networking opportunity. 4) Mothers Who Make (MWM). Run by our associate director Matilda Leyser, MWM supports mothers who are artists through a series of UK-wide hubs. 5) Workshops. We run improvisation workshops open to artists interesting in developing their practice through improvisation. 

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

Not specifically - though artists developing new work might be interested in some of the types of support above.

How should artists approach you about their work?

However you like! Find out more on our website, come meet us at a D&D, book for the Winter Mentoring Fete, or get in touch via email.

 

> Jacksons Lane

269a Archway Road, London N6 5AA - Website - Email

What art forms do you support?

Contemporary circus, physical/visual theatre.

 

What type of artists do you support?

Predominantly circus artists but we also provide space-in-kind to theatre-makers.

How do you offer support?

Space, scratch opportunities, touring, mentoring, technical support, fundraising support, brokering tours and relationships with other venues nationally and internationally.

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

Yes – Transmission residency programme every August, Hangwire residency week every Spring.

How should artists approach you about their work?

Email our Artistic Director Adrian Berry directly and arrange a coffee meet.

 

> Little Angel Theatre

14 Dagmar Passage, The Angel, London N1 2DN - Website

Information coming soon...

> National Theatre

Upper Ground, London SE1 9PX - Website

The New Work department is based at the National Theatre & is the engine room for the NT’s creative output, developing working & artists for our stages and beyond. The department is a place for exploring new forms, embracing a wide range of ideas and talent, all the time keeping questions about audience and the programming priorities of the National Theatre at its heart. We work with a diverse group of theatres, writers, companies and artists; last year, almost 1000 artists worked on around 200 projects in development. We nurture emerging talent, as well as providing dramaturgical support to mid-career and established artists. Our aim is to create the conditions for writers, directors and artists to make the best possible work.

 

We have a variety of ways that artists can engage with the department & these are primarily about us engaging with the work. We have an open scripts submissions policy and have a panel of readers that read on average 100 plays a month. We identify and support talent by offering readings, workshops and attachments, commissioning and developing new plays and adaptations. We also commission new translations of classic and contemporary work from around the world, considering the playwriting canon to rediscover the great and neglected plays which should be revived.

 

Another of our strands of development covers opportunities for emerging directors; whether through our Staff Director program, the annual directors’ course or the Studio Resident Directors. These opportunities tend to go directors whose work we have seen and we have developed a relationship with.

 

As a department we cover a wide range of theatre weekly, feeding back on emerging and established artists as they make exciting work in London and around the country. We respond to invites and actively seek out a broad range of work in order to know who will best benefit from our resources & support.

 
 

> New Diorama Theatre

15-16 Triton St, London NW1 3BF - Website - Email

What art forms do you support?

Theatre (all kinds).

 

What type of artists do you support?

Emerging/New artists and theatre companies.

How do you offer support?

We have a very detailed and comprehensive Artist Development programme with many different strands that support a wide range of different kinds of artists. Detail of this can be found on the Artist Support/Artist Development programme page of our website.

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

Events too numerous to list and vary depending on the type of artist. All details can be found within the Artist Development Programme on our website.

How should artists approach you about their work?

All details of application process are noted on the Artist Support/Artist Development programme page of our website. Best email: artists@newdiorama.com

 

> The Old Red Lion

Old Red Lion Theatre, 418 St John Street, London EC1V 4NJ - Website - Email

What art forms do you support?

Theatre - primarily world premieres of new plays. Occasionally revivals of significant productions from throughout history, which reflect important new perspectives on our current society and that the UK stage may not have seen for some time.

 

What type of artists do you support?

Our mission is to nurture and present the very best of new, emerging theatrical talent - playwrights, directors, producers, designers, actors, etc. We support the UK’s most exciting artists at crucial stages of their careers, presenting work that challenges our audiences and connects us to communities rarely given the opportunity to be seen on stage. 

How do you offer support?

The Old Red Lion has an established reputation of acting as a springboard for artists to start working in larger venues, and the productions we stage have received an immense volume of Offie (OffWestEnd.com) nominations, awards and press attention, which actively support an artist’s career progression. Once programmed, we share our funding and marketing guides, extensive press list and trusted list of PR companies with companies. Further in-kind support can include budget guidance, free rehearsal / audition / events / workshop space (subject to availability), flyer distribution via Impact, dramaturgical advice from our Senior Dramaturg David Loumgair, and social media support. 

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

No specific events. However, alongside our main programme of work we host Sunday and Monday performances, and occasionally weekday matinees and late-night showcases, where emerging theatre-makers can trial out new work. Often playwrights and other creatives use these performances as an opportunity for their work to be developed into a professional production, which can eventually end up being part of one of our programmed seasons.

 

> The Old Vic

The Cut, London SE1 8NB - Website - Email

What art forms do you support?

The Old Vic theatre programme encompasses invigorating new writing; works that engage with a wide social conversation; nurturing new musicals, mounting passionate revivals and famous old plays; experimentation with quirky, eye-opening and challenging pieces; and family shows and pantomimes.

What type of artists do you support?

We work with theatre-makers of all kinds, including playwrights, directors, producers, composers, designers, movement directors, puppet-makers and everyone in-between.

How do you offer support?

We offer support through key projects which currently include: The Old Vic 12, an extraordinary opportunity for twelve exciting artists looking to make the next step in their careers through a year’s long attachment to The Old Vic. Our Baylis Assistant Director residencies which offer the opportunity to assist on one of our large scale productions, and the Florence Kleiner Bursary which offers additional financial support to female directors based outside of London. The Baylis Director, an annual post providing one director the opportunity to direct a full-scale production at The Old Vic, a fund to commission a new piece of work, and a chance to shadow the Artistic Director. The Old Vic Lab which offers 100% subsidised rehearsal space and development support to exciting new projects. Alongside this we offer our alumni ongoing artistic development and opportunities, as well as running regular free entry-level creative workshops open to all.

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

Full project information can be found on our website at www.oldvictheatre.com/join-in/for-creatives.

How should artists approach you about their work?

The best way to introduce yourself is to apply for a project or attend one of our free workshops or events. We also try and see as much work as possible and invitations can be sent to artists@oldvictheatre.com.

 

> Omnibus Theatre

1 Clapham Common Northside, London SW4 0QW - Website - Email

What art forms do you support?

Theatre, storytelling & spoken word.

 

What type of artists do you support?

We support companies, writers, makers and directors. From early career artists to those with decades of experience.

How do you offer support?

For our 3 week runs, our Artistic Director works with companies – reading drafts of scripts, watching run throughs and supporting the director where necessary. All artists who we programme, whether it be a one nighter in one of our festivals, or a three week run receive in-kind marketing support. Our Associate Artist Scheme is a programme of support for talented artists whose work is in alignment with our mission as a Theatre. Over the course of a year, Associate Artists are given a week’s residency to develop a new show with dramaturgical support from our Artistic Director Marie McCarthy. They also receive training and mentorship, marketing support, and opportunities to curate areas of our artistic programme. We also offer fundraising and budgeting advice including writing and editing ACE applications

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

We run two development platforms for new work to be tested out in-front of an audience. Engine Room – For devisers & makers. Three days of free rehearsal space, dramaturgical and technical support culminating in a scratch performance of between 20 and 40 minutes. [Working Title] – For writers currently underrepresented in the industry.  A scratch night of rehearsed readings to test out 15 minutes of work they would like to develop into a full length play.

How should artists approach you about their work?

Invite us to see their work and send us scripts.  For further information on how we programme and the submission process please visit omnibus-clapham.org/get-involved/artists.

 

> Ovalhouse

New building in Brixton (Somerleyton Road) to open in Dec 2020 - Website - Email

What art forms do you support?

Ovalhouse provides development and performance space to experimental, radical and overlooked artists. We are known for theatre, performance and participation that speaks to a world beyond the mainstream.

 

What type of artists do you support?

We support, nurture and develop individual artists and companies at all stages of their career.

How do you offer support?

Ovalhouse supports between three to five artists/companies to make a step-change in their career over a 24-month period through our flagship Associate Artist programme. We deliver a year-round artist training programme offering artistic and organisational development workshops. Through our FiRST BiTE seed-commissioning programme we test-drive a minimum of 9 new plays every year. We also provide rehearsal space, commissioning, mentoring, programming and advice year-round.

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

A good number of our Artist Training Events are targeted at early career artists, and offer insight into a wide range of topics, from the creative to the financial and organisational.

How should artists approach you about their work?

Read the How We Work With Artists section on our webpage. Come along our regular #Connect artist’s social event, see a show and say hello, invite us to see your work, submit a proposal to our First Bites programme to programming@ovalhouse.com. Best contact: Owen Calvert-Lyons, Head of Theatre & Artist Development.

> Park Theatre

Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP - Website - Email

What art forms do you support?

Theatre.

 

What type of artists do you support?

Emerging artists with new works. Producers, writers and theatre companies.

How do you offer support?

Multiple ways: We support all our incoming shows with artistic advice from casting, dramaturgy, design discussion and through to marketing concept. We support artists who are hoping to come to us with works that need dramaturgical support over an ad hoc period of time. We often host readings to help writers gain the profile they need in order to attract an appropriate producer, funding, actors and industry attention. We run an annual programme designed to support artists with new works. 

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

SCRIPT ACCELERATOR is our annual development programme that provides 4 weeks of in space workshopping at the venue, including dramaturgical / script development/ artistic support and production mentorship. We have  an open application process for anyone to apply and we select 6 new pieces each year.

How should artists approach you about their work?

If they are keen to propose their work they should follow our proposal process on our website - under Get Involved - Submissions. They can write to me directly with any questions, and please invite me to see their work - either in the rehearsal stage, workshop stage, reading or production stage. I run Script Accelerator and they can also contact me about it: Melli.Marie@parktheatre.co.uk. I’m the Associate Artistic Director and lead on all of our new writing initiatives. 

 
 

> Penned in the Margins

22 Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 6AB - Website

Information coming soon...

 

 

> The Pleasance

Carpenters Mews, North Road, London N7 9EF - Website 

What art forms do you support?

All types of theatre, as well as Comedy. We also support Dance and Physical Theatre.

 

What type of artists do you support?

We support artists at any stage in their careers, with more targeted support specifically tailored to new & emerging artists delivered via the Pleasance Futures programme.

How do you offer support?

Our offer is tailored to artists depending on their discipline and what you need . We currently directly deliver: Pleasance Scratches, year-round R&D and development opportunities, Reading Week (for the development of new scripts), as well as regular workshops, mentorship and advice surgeries delivered both for artists in our London programme, and for those joining us for Edinburgh Fringe. We also work with partners across London (who have included the Actors Studio, Theatre Deli, Kali Theatre and Vault Festival) to deliver training sessions outside our buildings. We have an Associate Company and Artist programme which is by invitation to companies and artists who have already begun to develop a relationship with us. The trust also runs Young Pleasance London and Edinburgh, which give theatre-makers aged 16-25 the opportunity to come together and create new work to be presented in either our London or Edinburgh Fringe venues. For artists and companies considering bringing work to Edinburgh Fringe, we also manage the Charlie Hartill Special Reserve, a designated fund towards the production costs of bringing selected projects to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  The Fund primarily consists of two strands - the Comedy Reserve and Theatre Reserve.

Do you have any specific events/opportunities for artists developing new work?Pleasance Scratch; Reading Week; R&D Opportunities; Charlie Hartill Special Reserve

How should artists approach you about their work?

Follow Pleasance Futures on Twitter (@PleasanceFuture) where information about all our callouts is shared. As a primarily receiving house in London, we don’t have the capacity to receive unsolicited scripts, unless there is a producer attached, and consideration has been given to how the company will raise the costs to stage the production.  Full details of our London programming process can be found here: https://www.pleasance.co.uk/content/performing-pleasance-london 

Applications for our Edinburgh programme open in December of each year, with our main programming period spanning from February to April. We programme on a rolling basis during this period and full details of the process can be found here: https://www.pleasance.co.uk/perform

 

> Poplar Union

2 Cotall St, Poplar, London E14 6TL - Website - Email

What art forms do you support?

At Poplar Union we support the following art forms: theatre, music, dance, visual art, live/ performance art, film, comedy, craft/design.

 

What type of artists do you support?

We programme work from early, mid-career and established artists, however, we provide additional support such as scratch nights, free/ in-kind rehearsal space and residencies to emerging and early career artists.

How do you offer support?

We offer support through paid residencies, in-kind and free rehearsal space, scratch nights and public showcases. As a rule, we do not charge any artist to perform in the space.

Do you have any specific events/opportunities for artists developing new work?Yes, we have a seasonal (4x a year) Scratch Night titled ‘Scratch, Crackle and Pop!’. We also offer residencies on a more ‘ad-hoc’ bases as a relatively new venue.

How should artists approach you about their work?

For Music enquiries they should email willr@poplarunion.com. For all other enquiries (e.g. theatre/ dance/ film/ live/performance art etc.) they should email beth@poplarunion.com.

 

> The Queer House

17 Museum House, Burnham Street, London, E2 0JA - Website - Email

What art forms do you support?

Theatre mainly, we are currently producing our first film with BBC, ICA and NTS. 

What type of artists do you support?

Actors, performers, theatremakers, filmmakers, writers, poets.

How do you offer support?

We:

- representation 30 actors 

- host GET IN THE HOUSE platform event (every quarter if we get funding! info below)

- develop 2-3 new artists as full time producers per year, producing 1 show each 

- produce some of our artists own work (theatre and film)

- are developing a trans writers' programme for 2020 (not announced)

Do you have any specific events/opportunities for artists developing new work?GET IN THE HOUSE - a platform night for queer makers to try out new ideas, build community networks & connect with industry professionals. GET IN THE HOUSE platforms some of the most exciting LGBTQIA+ voices testing out 5-10 minutes of new material -usually live performance or theatre text.

How should artists approach you about their work?

Email us or connect on social media to introduce yourself, invite us to live performances, send us a CV, send us links to work (scripts, videos, etc).

 

> Rich Mix

35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, Shoreditch, London E1 6LA - Website - Email

What art forms do you support?

Cross-art forms 

What type of artists do you support?

Emerging and established

How do you offer support?

We are currently working on solidifying our Artist Development programme,  however we anticipate that free rehearsal space, advise and mentoring from the Rich Mix staff will continue being part of what we offer to artists. We are hoping to offer small pots of development money. We offer support to artists aged 16-25 through offering free performance opportunities during our annual TAKEOVER festival. In 2018 we piloted ‘Micro-Commission Scheme’ which offered 3 groups of artists free rehearsal space, technical support, a small budget and performance opportunity.

Do you have any specific events/opportunities for artists developing new work?While we are still growing this are of work, our TAKEOVER festival and Micro-Commission Scheme provide development opportunities. We also hold monthly socials for artists who are developing work as part of the Rich Mix programme. 

How should artists approach you about their work?

Invite us to see your work by emailing events@richmix.org.uk and we will do our best to come.

> Rich Mix

35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, Shoreditch, London E1 6LA - Website - Email

What art forms do you support?

Cross-art forms 

What type of artists do you support?

Emerging and established

How do you offer support?

We are currently working on solidifying our Artist Development programme,  however we anticipate that free rehearsal space, advise and mentoring from the Rich Mix staff will continue being part of what we offer to artists. We are hoping to offer small pots of development money. We offer support to artists aged 16-25 through offering free performance opportunities during our annual TAKEOVER festival. In 2018 we piloted ‘Micro-Commission Scheme’ which offered 3 groups of artists free rehearsal space, technical support, a small budget and performance opportunity.

Do you have any specific events/opportunities for artists developing new work?While we are still growing this are of work, our TAKEOVER festival and Micro-Commission Scheme provide development opportunities. We also hold monthly socials for artists who are developing work as part of the Rich Mix programme. 

How should artists approach you about their work?

Invite us to see your work by emailing events@richmix.org.uk and we will do our best to come.

 

> Riverside Studios

101 Queen Caroline St, Hammersmith, London W6 9BN - Website

Information coming soon...

 

 

> Shoreditch Town Hall

380 Old St, Hackney, London EC1V 9LT - Website - Email

What art forms do you support?

We primarily support experimental and devised theatre but also work across dance, music, comedy, cabaret and circus too. We like to programme unique, bold and innovative performance, particularly work that can benefit from or respond to our varied non-traditional spaces, work that’s being made in new and exciting ways and work that, on the whole, has had little to no London exposure to date. We programme very little traditional script-based work and it is also becoming increasingly rare for us to receive work that hasn’t been supported by and/or developed with Shoreditch Town Hall in some way.

What type of artists do you support?

We support artists and companies across a range of art forms and at various points in their careers. We are just as interested in supporting artists and companies to develop their own practice as we are those who want to specifically explore a new performance idea.

How do you offer support?

Support is very much tailored towards a specific artist or company depending on their requirements, and in constant conversation with the Town Hall. Support can include free rehearsal and residency space; producing, fundraising, marketing and technical support; support in the creative process; professional and industry advice; seed or full production commissioning money and so on.

Do you have any specific events/opportunities for artists developing new work?Nothing specific at this stage. 

How should artists approach you about their work?

It is very rare for us to start a conversation with an artist or company without having seen their work live at some point before. The best way to start a relationship with us is to invite us to see your work, whether it be finished or work-in-progress. Please do consider whether your work is in line with what we get excited by at Shoreditch Town Hall based on the type of work we’ve supported and programmed to date and by looking at the How We Programme section of our website. If you’d like to invite us to see your work, please e-mail programming@shoreditchtownhall.com.

 

> Soho Theatre

21 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 3NE - Website - Email

What art forms do you support?

We support new theatre, comedy and cabaret.

What type of artists do you support?

Theatre, comedy and cabaret artists at all stages in their career - established, emerging, entry point, never even thought about trying it before! This happens in our three performances spaces - Soho Upstairs, Soho Theatre and Soho Downstairs (which is primarily a comedy and cabaret space.)

How do you offer support?

We have three strands to our work: Discover and engage: this is the first entry point for artists and includes the Verity Bargate Award  - a £7000 prize and production for writers with fewer than 3 productions which runs every other year, our young company which includes writer's lab, comedy lab, theatre makers lab and which is regular activity for emerging artists to home their craft and learn new skills and our coverage work which includes attending regular works in progress and shows. Develop and Support: This includes our commissions including the Soho 6 which is 6 commissions per year with artists who are on attachment to Soho throughout this process, R+D and workshop support for the development of new work, attachments/artists in residence and associate companies/venues who are regular collaborators with the company who we work with to support their practice. Produce and Present: We programme work with over 2000 performances on our stages each year. We also have an extensive touring programme of work that we produce nationally and internationally. These three strands inform each other and provide a journey of engagement through the building - for different artists this starts at different points in the process and our ultimate aim is for artists to progress through all three: eg Playwright Charlotte Josephine we first met on Writer's Lab, she then received a commission and we have programmed and produced her work.

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

We hold regular open access workshops at Soho taught by a variety of artists and we regularly offer free workshops to targeted groups eg Gendered Intelligence, Talawa and Graeae. The VBA is targeted towards emerging artists as is all our education work.

How should artists approach you about their work?

Inviting us to see or read some of their work, applying to any of our courses, attending any of our access workshops, having a chat with Jules (Education Producer) or myself (Associate Director) about their work and how they might best get involved. Contact: charlotte@sohotheatre.com

 

> Stratford Circus Arts Centre

Theatre Square, London E15 1BX - Website - Email

What art forms do you support?

Small scale, issue-led new writing, theatre makers from east London, family and young people’s work, contemporary circus and physical performances, work that is representative of our audience and community, artists and companies with a particular relevance to east London.

What type of artists do you support?

We’re open to working with artists from all backgrounds and stage of career, depending on the project and how it fits with our vision and what work we’re looking to present.

How do you offer support?

Space in kind for artists and companies to create work, support on developing work and funding applications, linking with community organisations/schools, cash commissions where possible.

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

We don’t have regular events or opportunities, although it’s worth checking our website as project specific callouts or support opportunities appear there.

How should artists approach you about their work?

We want to hear from artists interested in making work with us and encourage people to get in touch. Take a look at our website and look at the kind of work we programme and check out the artists support section. Get in touch with the programming team if you think we're the right fit.

Contact: Ashlie or Tom programming@stratford-circus.com

 

> Streatham Space Project

Sternhold Ave, Streatham, London SW2 4PA - Website - Email

What art forms do you support?

Theatre, music, comedy, spoken word, dance, family - and everything in between!

What type of artists do you support?

We support both established and up-and-coming artists . We are particularly interested in artists from or based in the south London area who offer inspiration and expression to the voices of our neighbourhood.

How do you offer support?

As a newly established organisation we are building our artist support offer and looking at ways to develop this area of work. Currently we offer free and subsidised rehearsal space, provide advice and support and have worked in partnership with south London’s ground-breaking young artistic community, community-led arts organisations, schools, charities and local initiatives.

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

In the pipeline.

How should artists approach you about their work?

Information coming soon. 

 

> Talawa

Fairfield Halls, Park Ln, Croydon CR9 1DG - Website - Email

 

What art forms do you support?

We support theatre making in all its forms.

 

What type of artists do you support?

We support new, emerging an established Black theatre artists and creatives.

 

How do you offer support?

We nurture Black theatre voices and talents, those of today and of tomorrow, and we take positive action to grow diversity and representation at every level within British theatre.

 

We can help Black artists develop their careers with dramaturgy, R&D, in kind rehearsal space, career development workshops, castings, traineeships, mentorship and advice surgeries.

 

We hold open access workshops either online (Talawa Café) or in-person at the Talawa Studio at Fairfield Halls. We also advise Black artists to register with MAKE Online initially - http://www.talawa.com/articles/make-online/

 

MAKE Online will always carry details of opportunities to be involved with Talawa’s work

 

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

Yes, we do! In more detail, we offer:

 

  • TYPT for emerging Black theatre artists and creatives aged 18 to 25 - http://www.talawa.com/articles/draft-typt

  • Talawa’s Script Reading Service, free and open to Black writers of any age, we offer feedback on every script we read. The submission window opens twice a year – http://www.talawa.com/get-involved/script-reading-service-1. Shortlisted scripts often reach production in a rehearsed reading as part of Talawa Firsts.

  • Talawa Studio Firsts is a way for Black theatre artists and makers to access R&D space, dramaturgy and support (inc. a small budget) from Talawa to enable artists to accelerate their work and the potential to be showcased as part of Talawa Firsts - http://www.talawa.com/articles/studio-firsts

  • Talawa Firsts is the stage for fresh Black creative voices. Much of the work shared with audiences and potential co-producers at Talawa Firsts comes through our Script Reading Service or Studio Firsts.

  • Talawa Attachment Artists are Black individuals or companies who have a vision to embed their work in the industry, establish themselves as an artist and/or get their work to the next level. Through a year-long attachment, Talawa offer time and expertise to support people who want to expand/explore their creative practice, or who have identified areas of personal growth and feel Talawa’s guidance and support would help in shaping their work or themselves as an artist/company. We also offer a bursary towards the attachment.

  • Creating Routes is a free and practical training programme for Black, Asian and ethnically diverse theatre makers aged 18 to 25 years old who want to use their participatory facilitation and creative skills in community settings like schools, community organisations, health care or the criminal justice system.

 

How should artists approach you about their work?

Invite us to see or read some of your work, apply to any of our opportunities, or attend any of our access workshops which take place in-person and online … and you can email us to contact@talawa.com.

 

 

> Tamasha

Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road London E1 6LA - Website - Email

What art forms do you support?

We produce new plays inspired by the diversity of our globalised world. We create work of social significance that places the voices of emerging and established artists from culturally diverse backgrounds centre-stage. We fuel the future of new writing by producing and touring the best new plays, facilitating writers to turn their lived experience and creative ideas into bold encounters for audiences across the UK.

What type of artists do you support?

New, emerging and established, especially diverse artists

How do you offer support?

We aim to train and nurture the theatre voices of tomorrow, and to take positive action to encourage greater diversity in British theatre. Our acclaimed Tamasha Developing Artists programme is over 12 years old and offers bursaries, long-term career development via initiatives such as Tamasha Playwrights, intensive training courses, workshops and masterclasses, traineeships, observerships, opportunities to scratch new work as well as ongoing professional support for individuals and companies. The programme offers a real ladder of opportunity for emerging artists.

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

There are numerous events and opportunities throughout the year for new and emerging artists to engage with. For example, we programme at least three scratches per year with regular call outs for new writers, emerging directors and producers. We refresh our in-house Tamasha Playwrights group through a nationwide call out for new writers with the successful applicants mentored and supported via weekly group sessions led by artistic director Fin Kennedy.

How should artists approach you about their work?

Apply to join the free Tamasha Developing Artist programme. Get to know us and us you by engaging in the numerous activities and opportunities we offer.

 

> Theatre Delicatessen

2 Finsbury Ave, London EC2M 2PF - Website - Email

What art forms do you support?

Theatremakers working at the cutting edge of theatre practice, particularly those working in non-traditional forms – whether that be through exploring the nature of the theatrical space, immersive experiences, game-playing, live art or other manifestations of performance which cross boundaries and defy definition.

What type of artists do you support?

Artists throughout their career, but our main development opportunities are focused on early to mid career theatremakers.

How do you offer support?

Through ‘Deli Artists’ we offer a range of development opportunities: Scratch Nights - providing theatremakers rehearsal space and the opportunity to share work at an early stage of development, hosted monthly at our Old Library space in Camberwell; Artist Residencies - theatremakers offered 2 weeks completely subsidised rehearsal support, mentoring and £300 seed funding towards the development of a new project; Commissions - Theatre Deli aims to award at least two commissions of £3000 for new work in every season that we produce across venues in London and Sheffield; Associate Artists - Associate Artists are companies where Theatre Deli works primarily act as Producer, co-commissioning productions and working with the company’s to raise funds to enable productions to be thoroughly researched and developed and then go into production.

Do you have any specific events/opportunities for artists developing new work?None currently, outside the above.

How should artists approach you about their work?

The first approach should be an email to deli.artists@theatredeli.co.uk. This is a shared email inbox, which is shared by co-artistic directors Roland Smith and Jessica Brewster, as well as Producers Emma Blackman (London), Sara Hill (Sheffield) and Katherine Webb (Production Coordinator). Please give us an outline of your current work, your practice and where you are in your career. If you include an invitation to see your work, we will send either a member of the producing team or one of our Deli Network - a collective of our staff and artists who see work each month and then come together to discuss what is interesting and exciting.

 

> Theatre503

503 Battersea Park Rd, Battersea, London SW11 3BW - Website - Email

What art forms do you support?

New Writing

What type of artists do you support?

New writers. Directors and Producers.

How do you offer support?

Each show programmed at Theatre503 receives in-kind support from our Artistic Director, Producer and Literary Manager as follows:

Directors - our Artistic Director attends rehearsals, offers notes and support across production period. Supporting directors to achieve the best work possible.

Producers - our Producer offers producing support; proofing fundraising applications, advice in budgeting, casting, creatives, contracts and show delivery

Writers - with our Literary Manager feedback and dramaturgical support on the play and its development. This is all coupled with in-kind space for rehearsals, auditions, and workshops.

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

We will be launching workshops for writers, directors and producers in 2018/19.

How should artists approach you about their work?

Writers should contact our Literary Department, submitting a script or attending our Writer’s Nights. Producers and Directors can submit production proposals to programming@theatre503.com

 

> Tramshed

The Tramshed, 51-53 Woolwich New Road, London SE18 6ES - Website

Information coming soon...

 

> Unicorn Theatre

147 Tooley St, London SE1 2HZ - Website - Email

What art forms do you support?

As a theatre we mainly, although not exclusively, support artists in the creating of theatre and we do this in a very broad sense. We try to be diverse and therefore we have shows here for ages from 6 months to fully fledged adults, from Greek theatre to New Writing, Dance Shows to puppetry, from immersive theatre to art installations and even Hip Hop Shakespeare.

What type of artists do you support?

We try not to have a type other than interesting, inspiring and engaging and for the most part for young audiences. We aim to expand horizons, change perspectives, and challenge how we all see and understand each other.

How do you offer support?

We identify emerging talent and support them throughout the creative process, offering material, dramaturgical and technical support.

Do you have any specific events/opportunities for artists developing new work?Not currently

How should artists approach you about their work?

Invite us to see something. Send us an example of your work, ask for a meeting and if we’re interested we’ll make that happen, but please understand that we are really busy therefore please don’t hound us with phone calls - we will get back to you as soon as we can.

 
 

> VAULT Festival

Leake St, Bishop's, London SE1 7NN - Website - Email

What art forms do you support?

Our aim is to create a broad programme which is stylistically and narratively varied; which will attract the widest range of audience interests and demographics possible.

We aim to encompass a cacophony of different performance styles; including theatre, circus, clowning, comedy, cabaret, opera, dance, burlesque, escape rooms, huge parties and immersive games. Everything is welcome.

The aim is to keep the Festival’s content creatively fresh and exciting.

What type of artists do you support?

VAULT is a curated festival. The programming team explicitly chooses what will be in the programme and there are no set criteria.

VAULT Festival supports new artists and new work, as well as more established voices and productions.

We champion and promote diversity.

We value entertainment and challenging work equally.

We appreciate VAULT-specific ideas; work which uses VAULT’s unique atmosphere as a strength.

We favour proposals from artists & productions which:

  • Have a distinct voice.

  • Know who their primary audiences are and how to reach them

  • Give us a clear idea of what the performance will be like.

  • Will benefit from the opportunity of being part of the Festival.

  • Haven’t had a London run previously (with this production) for more than 2-3 performances

  • Have considered the financial commitment of staging a show at VAULT Festival and have a plan of how to make their show a reality.

  • Have considered the practicalities of staging a show at VAULT Festival.

  • Have provided evidence of their experiences and/or their ability to create and stage the show successfully.

You don’t have to meet all of these criteria to be eligible to apply.

How do you offer support?

VAULT Festival offers support in the lead up to the festival with advice and tools to market your show and gain press coverage. We run a series of workshops, talks, and events during the festival for the companies to further their progress. We also run an Arts Industry and Press Reviewing scheme to enable Venues/Programmers/Reviewers to come and see work with a view to enabling a future life for the productions.

Do you have any specific events/opportunities for artists developing new work?The whole festival is suited for new work, new artists, new forms. Our audience is receptive and explorative. They welcome new ideas and shy away from the old.

How should artists approach you about their work?

Open Applications are open mid-June to Mid-August each year and accessed via www.vaultfestival.com/apply

 

The Application Guide contains useful information as to how the festival will work each year.

 

Artists/Productions can also be invited to be a part of the Festival by the festival team.

If you are putting on your production and would like someone from the VAULT Festival team to see it, please email programming@vaultfestival.com. We can’t see everything though!

 

> The Yard

Unit 2A, Queen's Yard, London E9 5EN - Website - Email

What art forms do you support?

The Yard is about new ideas, new voices and the live event. We stage stories that aren’t being told. The Yard has been home to stories exploring the rise of right wing voices, capitalism, immigration, gender, identity, love and violence. The stories we tell can’t be told in any other form than in a theatre. The Yard is a place for artists to expose stories and to tell them in a live space with an audience.

What type of artists do you support?

We work with all kinds of artists – writers, directors, makers, live artists and performers. Early-career artists and those with a good deal of experience, who want to try something new in their practice.

How do you offer support?

We offer artists a range of different platforms and opportunities, supported by artistic and producing resource (e.g. dramaturgy, reading funding applications). Our platforms are: 1 night sharings of new ideas in Live Drafts;  NEXT festival – 2 night runs in double bill; NOW festival: 5 night double bills; 2-3 weeks runs presented by companies; 3-5 week runs produced by The Yard

Do you have any specific events/opportunities for artists developing new work?Live Drafts: if you’ve got a new idea you’d like to develop with us, you can submit it to Live Drafts. Live Drafts is a chance for ideas to be tested in front of an audience. We offer the theatre for a night to present a sharing in double bill. Live Drafts is the start of a journey with us. It is a chance for us to meet new artists, for you to meet us, and for us to explore new ideas together. There are two Live Drafts festivals per year. Please check out our Artists page for dates.

How should artists approach you about their work?

Artists should email a Live Drafts application, or send us an invite to a show/sharing, via submissions@theyardtheatre.co.uk. We will also shortly be opening submissions for writers to submit extracts of plays. More info on our Artists page.

 

> Yellow Earth

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

What art forms do you support?

Drama

What type of artists do you support?

Primarily emerging artists

How do you offer support?

We support new writers through our New Writing Programme and young emerging actors through our summer school and workshops.

Do you have any specific events/opportunities for artists developing new work?Only through the same opportunities as described in the previous question

How should artists approach you about their work?

Check out the website and then go from there; get in contact via email. We don’t accept scripts because we don’t have the capacity for that; mostly we recruit actors to take part in our workshops.

 

> Young Vic

66 The Cut, Bishop's, London SE1 8LZ - Website

Information coming soon...