We’re committed to helping artists to produce their best work.
We work with around 2,500 creative freelancers every year.
Creative talent is the lifeblood of our industry. We provide support and opportunities to help develop that talent, for our stages and the wider creative industries.
- We commission and produce new work for our stages, at the South Bank and on tour.
- We share our resources to help theatre-makers develop work for venues across the UK.
- We explore new forms of storytelling with immersive technologies
- We create opportunities for upcoming designers.
- We offer training and apprenticeships for aspiring theatre technicians.
- We champion equity, diversity and inclusion in our casting opportunities.
Developing new work
Our New Work department has been the starting point for over 160 productions over the last 5 years. We’re a major creative hub for writers, directors and storytellers.
Over 100 projects are on the development slate at any one time, and around 1,000 freelance artists and creatives work with the team each year to create new pieces of theatre for our stages and beyond.
We offer the space, time and investment for theatre-makers to try out unconventional ideas and stories.
Supporting producers across the UK
Our Generate programme shares our resources, to develop productions destined for stages outside the capital.
Our support includes costs like artist fees and travel expenses, as well as space, dramaturgical support, and introductions to co-producing partners.
We are excited to offer tangible support for our colleagues right across the country.
I can’t express how much we were able to develop and move the work forward. It felt like such a privilege to be supported so well!
Jay Zorenti-Nakhid, Associate Director of Tobacco Factory, Bristol
Working with immersive technologies
Theatre is the ultimate immersive experience. We believe that theatre-makers should lead the exploration of new mediums.
The Immersive Storytelling Studio is our award-winning development lab for virtual reality, 360˚ film, augmented reality and other emerging technologies.
Supporting the next generation of designers
The Max Rayne Design Bursary
Discover the pathways and training we offer to support an entry-route into backstage and technical careers.
Our Technical Training Theatre network helps theatre and arts organisations who are running their own technical and production training for young people. Organisations can join our network to share practice and explore potential future collaborations.
Our Casting Department are committed to promoting and maintaining the excellent standard and quality of actors cast on our stages.
We champion diversity in all forms within casting decisions and are dedicated to creating a safe and supportive audition environment where actors are empowered to do their best work.
More to explore
Explore our other work with audiences across the country, local communities, and young people.