Artist Development

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About the Artist Development Programme

West Yorkshire Playhouse nurtures, trains and develops creative people from across the performance sector. We provide opportunities to support the skills of people from all levels of experience and backgrounds in Leeds and beyond.

A range of opportunities for actors to develop their skills and connect with Playhouse productions.

Directors / Theatre Makers
Support for theatre makers and directors at all stages of their careers, creating vital theatre and performance.

Playwrights / New Writing
A range of opportunities for playwrights to develop new scripts and big ideas.

Design / Technical Theatre
We are planning to launch our Design and Technical Theatre Development Programme in 2017.

  • Current One Off Activities On Offer April 2017

    Current One Off Activities On Offer April 2017

    To book one of the activities or for more information contact Artist Development Co-ordinator, Jennifer Sullivan,

    Date and Time Name Activity Aimed At
    10 April, 7pm – 9pm Directing – What is a Theatre Director? Are you interested in directing for the stage? Do you want to find out more about what being a director involves? Join us for this session where we will talk about a director’s responsibilities, their relationships with their creative team, cast and crew, and what it means to lead a project. This workshop is aimed at those who are curious about theatre directing with little or no practical experience
    12 April, 6.30pm – 7.30pm Verity Bargate Award Intoductory Talk Do you have a story that needs to be told? Soho Theatre are on the hunt for the next winner of the Verity Bargate Award. This biennial, national award seeks stand out inspiring new writing talent. Past winners including Vicky Jones and Matt Charman. The winner receives £7000 in respect of an exclusive option for Soho Theatre to produce the play. The Verity Bargate award is open to everyone resident in the UK or Ireland with fewer than 3 professional productions.
    15 April, 10.30am – 12.30pm Collaboration – Developing a show through the writer/director relationship Join Lulu Raczka and Ali Pidsley, the award winning writer and director of A Girl in School Uniform (Walks in to a Bar) to explore ways of developing a show through collaboration. Looking closely at the writer/director relationship, this workshop is for those looking to learn new skills about working with others. This workshop is for writers and directors keen to improve collaborative skills.
    22 April, 10.30am – 1.30pm Acting: Self-taping Workshop A fun and informative session that explores how actors may best meet the increasing demands being made by casting directors for professional standard self tapes. Led by actor and film maker Sam Swainsbury, the session will include watching examples, a chance to explore equipment and techniques and to share knowledge of what is often an isolating element of an actor’s job description. This workshop is for actors who are working professionally in screen or theatre. This workshop is aimed at actors who are working professionally.
    27 April, 7pm – 9pm Writing: The Dynamic Scene A practical workshop for playwrights on the ingredients for a dramatic, dynamic scene. Led by Literary Associate, Jacqui Honess-Martin. This workshop is aimed at writers keen to improve their craft. .