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Theatre company Nouveau Riche forms scheme to nurture new writers, directors and producers

The Nouveau Riche team rehearsing for the award-winning Queens of Sheba. Photo: James Hardie
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Arts organisation Nouveau Riche has announced a new development programme for emerging writers, directors and producers.

The Brand Nouveau Initiative is a five-month attachment scheme that “aims to nurture the next generation of theatre practitioners”.

Two writers will work with the company to create new pieces of writing and two directors will bring the works to life.

Nouveau Riche is also looking for two emerging producers to work with the writers and directors as part of the initiative.

Ryan Calais Cameron, artistic director of Nouveau Riche, said: “We aim to create a safe space for under-represented artist to develop and elevate their craft while giving them hands-on industry experience.

“Brand Nouveau Initiative will allow artists to be able to win, to fail, and to pick themselves up and go again without being considered a risk.”

The six practitioners involved in the scheme will receive networking opportunities, mentoring support, creative space and free tickets to London productions.

Applicants should not have written, directed or produced more than one professional production. The deadline for applications is December 31.

Both productions will be staged at the Camden People’s Theatre in London on May 3 and 4.

The scheme is free to participate and is funded by Nouveau Riche with in-kind support from various supporters. This scheme is a pilot with plans to expand the initiative around the nation by 2020.

Nouveau Riche, which won The Stage Edinburgh Award for its production of Queens of Sheba, focuses on creating culturally inclusive work across all art forms.

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