New Diorama Launch Pioneering Artist Development Scheme

New Diorama were taken aback by the overwhelming response after the launch of our ambitious, new Artist Development Programme this week.

Since launching just 24 hours ago, our 2016 Artist Development Plan has already been read and downloaded thousands of times. With the plan being described in the press and on social media as "blindingly innovative and completely game changing” for emerging theatre artists, here at New Diorama we've been touched by the positive feedback and response so far.

"New Diorama Theatre has launched possibly the most exciting artist development scheme Britain has ever seen" Exeunt Magazine

Our 2016 Artist Development Programme features many brand new initiatives, most of which aren't being offered anywhere else in the UK, to help early-career theatre companies, most of which aren't being offered anywhere else in the UK.

Click here to view the full Artist Development Brochure. Highlights include:

The NSDF Pickles Fund, which invests in graduating theatre companies made up of students from deprived backgrounds who, without our support, couldn't afford to enter or showcase, if selected, their work at National Student Drama Festival: a hugely catalytic opportunity for new theatre makers.

Our Two Night Stands scheme which removes all the potential barriers for regional emerging companies wanting to bring their work to London. Over two nights New Diorama gives the theatre space totally free of charge and returns 100% of the box office to the artists to invest back into their work.

Our Cash Flow Fund, a bank for theatre companies, will provide interest-free loans to our supported companies to help them grasp opportunities they otherwise wouldn't have the up-front money to access.

We're offering up to 30 weeks free Central London rehearsal space for Black, Asian, Ethnic Minority and Refugee led theatre companies - no strings attached - though our BAMER Companies Project.

Our Female Leadership Fund sees us tackling the lack of women artistic directors in our industry by investing in the skills and confidence of talented, emerging female leaders early in their careers.

We're broadening the artistic horizons of our supported artists by allowing them to see work that otherwise they'd never had the chance to experience with our European Travel Grants.

And there's much more too! Working with over 25 partners from around the country, New Diorama are dedicated to growing our national footprint and reinvigorating the debate around artist development in the UK. It can be so difficult for even the most talented companies to succeed in this increasingly difficult climate: these initiatives have been created to encourage artistic growth in some of the country’s most deprived areas, and to secure a long-term future for the UK's best theatre companies.

Arts Council England have funded a report into this programme to be written by consultant Eleanor Turney - which will examine how effective each of our strands of support are, suggest improvements and detail how other organisations can adopt some of our new ideas.