Newcastle’s Vic Theatre launches Associate Artist scheme

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New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme has opened applications for a third time for the Associate Artist scheme.

North Staffordshire artists and performers can apply to The Kiln – the theatre’s year-long placement of tailored support.

The 12-month programme will include access to expertise in technical areas of production, production management support and opportunities to have a mentor in senior members of the New Vic’s team.

New Vic associate director Zoe Waterman said: “We feel like it’s really important to have a specific programme, The Kiln, that’s about nurturing talent outside of other places in the country, some big cities have got a lot of schemes going on.

“I think often artists working in Staffordshire and other regions like ours can sometimes feel a little bit isolated and have less access to the resources and support that are available in other places in the country and we feel really lucky to be in a position to be able to offer that support to local artists.

“They ask us questions and for support on things that we might not have thought of and it’s an opportunity for us to reflect on what we’re doing as well and to have another group of dynamic and exciting creatives around for a year.

“Everyone in the building is really excited about what’s happening and I can’t wait to get reading the applications after December 4.”

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Feedback from previous Associate Artists has been positive.

Clare Reynolds, co-artistic director of Restoke, the theatre’s first Associate Artists, said: “Our time being Associate Artists at the New Vic was a real gift.

“We benefited from all sorts of support including box office, sourcing set, marketing advice and studio time.

“The beauty of the New Vic is the warmth of the staff across all departments and the fact that everyone knew who we were, welcomed us and offered their help and time with great generosity.

“We benefited from the greater capacity, resources and knowledge that the New Vic holds.”

FRONTLINEdance were the second Associate Artists in 2017.

Their artistic director Rachael Lines said: “FRONTLINEdance enjoyed and valued being an associate company throughout 2017.

“The New Vic is a fantastic building, in a great setting, and it’s friendly- a perfect combination for reflection, thinking, development and being creative!

“The generosity we received from their staff who gave us advice, support, encouragement, time, sharing or their knowledge and experience with us, was hugely beneficial, appreciated and valued.”

Applications close on Tuesday December 4 at midday and interviews will take place at the beginning of next year.

Applicants will be told by the end of this year whether they have been chosen for interview.

For more information about the New Vic’s Associate Artist talent development programme, The Kiln, visit newvictheatre.org.uk

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