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Puppet-maker features in third year of Old Vic 12 talent development scheme

The Old Vic 12 scheme is now in its third year

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.

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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.