Hoxton’s Courtyard Theatre is to relaunch as a home for new writing, after handing over the programming of its main space to a company that nurtures emerging talent.
From May, the Courtyard’s 150-seat theatre space will be programmed by theatre company Writers Avenue, which was founded six years ago by Sandra Thompson-Quartey to discover new writing talent.
Previous writers it has worked with include Chris Urch and Rose Lewenstein.
Working at the Courtyard, Writers Avenue will produce work across a range of genres from diverse writers, with the aim of staging shows that reflect “contemporary Britain”.
Writers Avenue will also programme shows from external companies and host development initiatives in areas such as producing and directing.
Courtyard artistic director Tim Gill said: “We want the Courtyard to be synonymous with new writing and for people to feel like it’s the ‘go to’ theatre to see new and diverse works.”
The move has been welcomed by industry figures including Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway, who runs Artistic Directors of the Future.
She said Thompson-Quartey would “inspire a new way of thinking, cultivate groundbreaking collaborations and bring fresh and exciting talent to the theatre scene”.
The Courtyard’s studio space, which seats 80 people, will continue to be programmed by the theatre itself. The Courtyard has been operating for almost 30 years and moved into its current premises in Hoxton in 2007.