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Springboard for new and emerging artists in Coventry

Published: 7 December 2018

Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre is on the hunt for newly established performance companies and individual artists to join the second intake of its Springboard talent development programme.

The Belgrade’s Springboard scheme was created in 2015 to support new and emerging artists. In spring 2019, the successful applicants will receive tailored support over a three-year period, including advice and guidance from Belgrade staff, marketing support and space to create and rehearse their work.

Previous Springboard companies have gone on to tour their developed pieces and perform at festivals. These include Strictly Arts whose latest show Freeman went to the Edinburgh Fringe and Noctium Theatre who toured the story of Coventry music pioneer Delia Derbyshire to audiences across the UK in Hymns for Robots.

The Belgrade will take on three new Springboard companies for spring 2019 followed by a further two for the autumn season.

Strictly Arts executive producer Henry Bays said, “being a Springboard company at the Belgrade has helped us to evolve and grow enormously. The support and knowledge of all the staff has been immensely valuable and being associated with the Belgrade has opened up many doors for us with venues and arts institutions around the country.”

The Belgrade is also looking for an aspiring director for a paid traineeship in spring 2019. Running from Monday 28 January until Tuesday 5 March, the scheme is open to applicants from black, Asian, minority ethnic and refugee backgrounds as part of the Belgrade’s ongoing commitment to improving diversity both on and off its stages.

The successful applicant will work alongside Belgrade Theatre associate director Justine Themen on Amy Ng’s original drama Under the Umbrella.

The deadline to apply for the Springboard scheme is 14 January 2019. The deadline for the assistant director traineeship is 12PM on Thursday 20 December.

Steve Orme