Support our emerging artists

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 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
  • seed commission funds, including several tailored to BAME artists
  • rehearsal space
  • showcase opportunities
  • ‘outside eye’ and/or dramaturgical support
  • professional or industry advice
  • fundraising support
  • discount or free tickets to CPT shows
  • opportunities to become involved in the life of our theatre
  • associate artist scheme

We provide these types of support in various ways. Our flagship annual artist development / peer network scheme, selected via open call for submissions, is called Starting Blocks. Starting Blocks phase one is a ten-week programme running from Jan-March annually, culminating in work-in-progress performances as part of our Sprint festival. We then further develop Starting Blocks projects, where appropriate, to full production level – and build our programme around them. In recent years, Rachel Mars’ The Way You Tell Them, Louise Orwin’s Pretty Ugly and Emma Frankland and Keir Cooper’s Don Quijote have emerged from Starting Blocks to enjoy successful three-week runs as the headline acts in major CPT festivals.

Any donations, large or small, will go directly towards our work with emerging artists, and are, of course, hugely appreciated!