Studio Firsts with Talawa Theatre Company (for Black theatremakers)

Studio Firsts provides emerging Black theatre-makers with the time, space and support to create new work, explore new ideas and develop new techniques.

Talawa Theatre Company will work with 3 emerging artists or companies; giving exclusive use of our Studio for one week of research and development in November 2015.

Whether you are a director, deviser, sound engineer or multi-disciplinary artist, if you have a new idea to test or explore, Talawa wants to hear from you. Studio Firsts creates a space in which emerging artists (18+) can experiment and take risks: they are not looking for applications from playwrights or directors reviving a classic text. This is not about offering a free rehearsal space, but about Talawa investing in you as a theatre-maker and supporting you in developing something new.

What to submit:  To enter, you will need to complete a short application form and monitoring form and submit by Friday 25 September.

  • Your Idea: We are looking for artists/companies who are keen to explore, experiment and play. Whether you are at the beginning of a project or developing something you have already started working on, this is an opportunity to take it to the next level.
  • Space: Talawa’s Studio in Old Street will be made available to successful applicants for up to a week free of charge.
  • Support: Talawa will offer bespoke support during the research and development week, as appropriate. For example, literary support, one-on-one meetings with a producer or marketing manager.
  • Evaluation: Talawa will ensure the artists/companies have time to reflect, discuss and share the results of the process and plans for the future.

The Talawa artistic team will then form a shortlist of applicants and invite those shortlisted to interview.

Applicants will be informed in the second half of October if they have been successful.

How to apply:  Download the application form and equal opportunities monitoring form below, complete and submit to

Deadline:  Friday 25 September 2015

Source:  Talawa via @Playwriting_UK

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