Oxford Playhouse is pleased to announce the launch of its new Artists in Residence scheme, Evolve. Applications are invited from emerging and mid-career artists or companies and should be submitted by 10am on Friday 14 December 2012. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview at the Playhouse in late January / early February, with the residencies commencing on Monday 1 April 2013.

About Evolve:

Evolve aims to support emerging practitioners or mid-career artists at a juncture in their practice who want to grow their work by developing a connection with a producing and presenting theatre. Oxford Playhouse will appoint three individual artists or companies as Artists in Residence, who will have structured support and access to the theatre’s resources for a year, but who will go on to become longer-term associates of the Playhouse.

Evolve will support the three Artists in Residence by offering:

  • organisational development and mentoring from key Oxford Playhouse staff
  • space in the OP rehearsal room for play, research, and development
  • space in the Burton Taylor studio when possible for tech-ing and opening new work
  • free and discounted tickets to performances at Oxford Playhouse and the Burton Taylor Studio through our staff ticket policy
  • 2 Artists in Residence networking / peer events during the year (and invitations to continue attending Evolve events in future years – once an Artist in Residence, always an Artist in Residence…)
  • £1000 bespoke ‘no-strings-attached’ funding to support the development of work or practice
  • in-kind support on specific tasks such as application writing, project planning, etc.
  • opportunities to experience the activity of the Playhouse’s departments and to become embedded in the routine of the theatre over the course of the year.

Who we’re looking for:

Evolve is open to artists from any art-form, discipline or location, but in order to be of greatest benefit, it particularly welcomes applicants who might benefit from Oxford Playhouse’s own producing interests and areas of expertise, such as children’s theatre, off-site work, and small- / mid-scale touring. If not currently working in theatre, artists should set out in their application why participating in the residency scheme would benefit, inform and add value to their practice. We want to know why this scheme is right for you, why it’s right for you right now, and why Oxford city and Oxford Playhouse are the right people and place for you to embark on a relationship with.



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