The Old Vic has announced the latest 12 artists to join its talent development programme, including the scheme’s first puppet-maker.
Now in its third year, the Old Vic 12 appoints 12 artists from across various roles within theatremaking for a year-long programme of mentoring and development opportunities that sees them create three new plays as a group.
Among those joining this year are puppet designer and maker Maia Kirkman-Richards, producers Ciara McCafferty, Matthew Schmolle and Euan Borland and directors Hannah Banister, Sophie Moniram and Sara Joyce.
Moi Tran, a designer and visual artist, will also take part in the scheme alongside writers Sarah Kosar, Gareth Farr and Omar El-Khairy and composer Tom Barnes.
Earlier this year the Old Vic said it was opening up the scheme to a wider range of artists, including DJs, choreographers and sound designers.
The 12 months the group will spend on attachment at the London theatre coincides with the historic venue’s 200th-anniversary year.
The Old Vic has also announced a new initiative that will offer continued support to all Old Vic 12 alumni, any participant in Old Vic artist development projects and all ex-company members who have performed at the theatre during artistic director Matthew Warchus’ tenure.
Named Connect, it aims to tackle a lack of continued developmental support for freelance artists, and will create a network for Old Vic alumni to meet up and gain access to panels, talks and debates.
It will also provide £10 tickets to Old Vic shows and access to rehearsal space.
Warchus said the plans would offer “much needed ongoing artistic development” as well as further open up the theatre.