East London venue the Arcola Theatre has moved to an in-house producing model, which it says will help it nurture more up-and-coming producers, directors and writers.
The venue’s 2020 season, marking its 20th anniversary, will see the majority of its work produced in-house, with 14 productions across its two spaces.
It completes a transition period that has been happening gradually over the past few years.
Leyla Nazli, executive producer, said: “One of the reasons we decided to do in-house producing is that we wanted artistic involvement in our programming but also to be able to help up-and-coming producers, writers and directors more, because we could not do that before.”
Associate director Jack Gamble said, when the venue has done its own productions in the past, it found it was able to attract and develop new audiences.
However, the theatre plans to keep January for visiting companies’ works.
Gamble said this was partly to address the difficulty of producing in-house shows over the Christmas period, but also to allow other companies the chance to bring work to the venue that audiences might not otherwise see.
“We are by no means cut off from the idea of co-producing. We intend to keep working with other companies where it serves the work and both organisations’ interests, but we wanted to make more of a commitment to our work and to stage that,” he said.
Where the theatre previously had about 18 to 20 shows a year, the new model will see it stage about 14, for longer runs.
As part of the changes, the theatre is expanding its in-house teams, including its marketing, technical, and stage management teams.