Artist development opportunities

“This atmospheric little venue which punches way above its weight in supporting the future of British theatre” – Lyn Gardner, Stagedoor, on Camden People’s Theatre, January 2019

Elephant in the Room by Lanre Malaolu. Receipient of CPT’s 2019 Home Run Commission, supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Artist support is central to everything we do at CPT. We’re not a theatre that does a bit of artist support on the side. It’s our priority, and our public programme of work springs from it.

By artist support – aka artist development – we mean supporting (usually) early-career artists to make innovative work, helping them establish themselves artistically and structurally, offering them advice, programming their work creatively and finding them an audience – and (not least) giving them a community to be part of and a place to call home. The types of development support we offer include:

  • structured schemes in which to develop new work to full production, e.g. Starting Blocks, Home Run, our Associate Artist scheme, Passing the Baton
  • seed commission funds, including several tailored to BAME artists
  • rehearsal space
  • showcase opportunities – at CPT, or those we broker elsewhere
  • ‘outside eye’ and/or dramaturgical support
  • professional or industry training, and/or informal advice
  • fundraising support
  • discount or free tickets to CPT shows
  • opportunities to become involved in the life of our theatre – by e.g. curating events, joining our scouting pool
  • via the CPT-led STAMP network, we also make comprehensive data available to artists on support opportunities elsewhere; lobby on their behalf with e.g. GLA, Arts Council; and host six events annually  building bridges between artists, producers and venues

Much of the artist support work we do at CPT is offered on an ad hoc basis, in response to artists’ needs and requests. If you are interested in our offer, invite us to see your work, and/or send us info about who you are and what you do. We’ll come and see your show if we can. And, when his schedule allows, our AD Brian is happy to meet for a cup of tea and chat.  In the meantime, keep an eye on this page for artist development opportunities, or contact us on [email protected] to let us know what you’re up to and how we may be able to help.

CPT is a charity and we rely on the generosity of our supporters to enable us to deliver our Artist Development programmes. Click here to donate today or found out more about becoming a member.

Trigger Warning by EUROTRASH. Recipient of CPT’s 2019 Home Run Commission, supported by Jerwood Arts