Leicester’s Curve has launched a series of initiatives designed to support artists and companies in the Midlands.
The theatre has opened a free membership scheme – Curve Connect – for all theatremakers in the region, which it says will allow members to network with each other as well as offering a series of benefits including meetings with Curve staff, workshop invitations, a training and events programme and discounted tickets to in-house shows.
Curve Connect is intended for actors and dancers, as well as writers, directors, choreographers, producers and designers, and is part of the Leicester theatre’s ambition to better connect with creatives in the Midlands region.
“Artists are our industry colleagues who are essential to what we do at Curve. Through this we can share our resources and have a more open dialogue with the brilliant independent artistic community in the region,” Curve’s new work associate Beth Shouler said.
The theatre is also seeking individuals and companies from all backgrounds and art forms to join the new Curve Resident Creatives scheme.
They will make new work in partnership with Curve and receive a programme of bespoke support that will include rehearsal space, investment, technical support and expertise. Resident creatives will also be able to present work at Curve.
Shouler said this strand would allow the theatre to offer more bespoke support and focus on the individual needs of artists and companies.
She added: “As the resident creatives will be embedded within the organisation, we hope to develop new audiences and celebrate the extraordinary Midlands talent, stories and culture in our region.”
Curve also gave details of its work with Pleasance on an Edinburgh Festival Fringe project, which will see it support a Midlands-based artist in taking their work to the fringe.
The 2020 participant will be writer Holly Boyden, who will present a show in Edinburgh as part of the scheme.
Applications for the resident creative initiative are open until March 1, and Curve Connect is now open for theatremakers to join.