Two £5,000 bursaries to support a one year relationship between a producer and a venue – or venues – in the house network.
By bringing together the know-how and inventiveness of entrepreneurial producers with the physical resources and local knowledge of ambitious regional venues, we aim to enable both partners to explore new ways of unlocking the creative potential of our theatre buildings, support the creation of new work and build loyal and adventurous audiences.
Independent producers are frequently the catalytic element in the alchemy of theatre making but few programmes exist to support their work. By offering producers the breathing space to consider the opportunities in regional venues, the greenhouse fellowships aim to support producers to step back from the cycles of project funding to explore an area of their work in greater depth. In turn they offer regional venues the additional capacity and entrepreneurialism to support a step change in how they work with theatre makers and audiences, helping to reinvigorate their sense of artistic purpose.
We also hope that the fellowships might act as an intervention, challenging expectations around what theatre is produced, who by, where and for who.
Jolie Booth, independent producer and director of Kriya Arts, recently behind the celebrated Backstage in Biscuit Land by Touretteshero, will be working with Harlow Playhouse and Hertford Theatre to support a step change in their approach to diversity and access. From establishing best practice to developing innovative audience development tools and rolling out relaxed and Extra Live performances, the 12-month project aims to establish a West Essex/East Hertfordshire hub and to share learning with other small to mid-scale venues.
Natalie Querol, independent producer and director of The Empty Space, will be helping the Shelley Theatre to establish itself as a venue for the production and presentation of exciting new work. Through a series of artist residencies, the partnership will respond to the theatre’s aims to build relationships with local audiences, schools and touring companies, as well as developing a relationship with Arts Council England.