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Old Vic announces 12 winners for emerging talent scheme

The 12 winners in the Old Vic new talent scheme The 12 winners in the Old Vic new talent scheme
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The Old Vic has announced the 12 creatives who will take part in its inaugural emerging talent scheme.

The Old Vic 12 was launched earlier this year to nurture a new generation of theatremakers, with 12 positions available across disciplines including directing, writing, choreographing and producing.

The successful applicants will undertake paid experience at the London theatre and will be mentored by industry experts including choreographer Drew McOnie, composer Grant Olding and producer Georgia Gatti.

More than 250 applicants were interviewed by the theatre’s talent arm, Old Vic New Voices, with the final selections made by artistic director Matthew Warchus.

Warchus said: “The selected 12 artists who will take part in our new programme, the Old Vic 12, are exceptionally talented people who we hope will benefit from the vitality and creativity of this unique theatre. We are excited to have them participate in the new season and to offer our assistance as they develop their practice in proximity to the great artists we have involved here at the Old Vic.”

Directors Zoe Lafferty, Caitlin McLeod and Edward Stambollouian have been chosen to take part in the scheme, alongside producers Sarah Georgeson, Paul Jellis and Martha Rose Wilson.

Designer Sarah Beaton, choreographer Lanre Malaolu, composer Harry Blake and writers Samuel Bailey, Sonali Bhattacharyya and Steven Hevey will also be mentored as part of the initiative.

The Old Vic 12 was announced earlier this year as one of the final opportunities to be funded by arts charity Ideastap before its closure. It is supported by Ideastap founder and chairman Peter de Haan.

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