Two leading North East arts organisations have announced a partnership that aims to boost training and job opportunities for actors in the region.
ARC in Stockton-on-Tees and the Northern School of Art in Hartlepool have signed an agreement, which is the first step in a range of initiatives aiming to boost cultural regeneration in the area.
Through the partnership, the organisations aim to support acting students from both the local area and outside the region to stay in the Tees Valley after graduating from their training.
ARC has already been supporting students from the Northern School of Art’s acting courses with workshops, industry talks and performance opportunities.
This support will continue through the formal partnership, offering further training opportunities to learn skills such as applying for funding and an opportunity for a student to be given research and development time at ARC.
The Northern School of Art’s programme leader for acting, Jonny Bussell, said: “Everyone at ARC has been so supportive and welcoming to our students, making them feel at home, and it has added so much to the degree level study and to the students’ professional understanding of the acting industry.
“The partnership with ARC continues to grow, with so many ideas for opportunities to work together.”
ARC chief executive and artistic director Annabel Turpin said: “We are really excited about formalising our partnership with the Northern School of Art and the future work and opportunities that we will be creating together.
“A core part of ARC’s work is to support local people to pursue creative careers. This is a wonderful chance to support and develop young artists to go on to create excellent work for our audiences to enjoy.”