Studio Firsts

  • Studio Firsts is an initiative that invites Black theatre-makers to create a new piece of work in our Studio.

  • Talawa Theatre Company will work with 3 emerging artists or companies, giving exclusive use of a Studio for one week of research and development during autumn 2017. The available slots are during weeks commencing 13, 20 and 27 November.

    Whether you are a director, deviser, sound engineer or multi-disciplinary artist, if you have a new idea to test or explore, Talawa wants to hear from you.  Studio Firsts creates a space in which emerging artists (18+) can experiment and take risks: we are not looking for applications from playwrights or directors reviving a classic text. This is not about offering a free rehearsal space, but about Talawa investing in you as a theatre-maker and supporting you in developing something new.

  • Studio Firsts explained: what we're looking for, the process and how to apply

  • We are now accepting applications for Studio Firsts autumn 2017. To enter, you will need to complete a short application form and monitoring form and submit by midnight, Saturday 30 September 2017 using the link below.

    Your Idea               We are looking for artists/companies who are keen to explore, experiment and play. Whether you are at the beginning of a project or developing something you have already started working on, this is an opportunity to take it to the next level.

    Space                       Talawa’s Studio will be made available to successful applicants for up to a week free of charge.

    Support                  Talawa will offer bespoke support during the research and development week, as appropriate. For example, literary support, one-on-one meetings with a producer or marketing manager. Each artist will receive a small budget to bring a collaborator or expert into the room during their R&D week.

    Evaluation             Talawa will ensure the artists/companies have time to reflect, discuss and share the results of the process and plans for the future. 

    The Talawa artistic team will then form a shortlist of applicants and invite those shortlisted to interview.

    Applicants will be informed at the end of October if they have been successful.

    Jane Fallowfield, Safaa Bensom-Effiom and Monique Sterling. Photography: Lidia Crisafulli

  • Studio Firsts recipient, 2015

    Having that space was incredibly useful. It gave me the confidence to articulate that I am a theatre-maker – I didn’t used to have the confidence to say that.

  • Studio Firsts: Application Form (click to download)

  • Studio Firsts: Monitoring Form (click to download)

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