Sheffield Theatres is opening a creative hub dedicated to talent development, which will be housed in a former bank.
The Bank, located adjacent to the Crucible Theatre, will be a space for local artists to develop their work and skills with the support of staff at Sheffield Theatres.
It will become home to a cohort of 12 creatives, including writers, directors and producers, as part of a new nine-month mentoring programme.
The programme will culminate in industry showcases, seed funding for projects and opportunities to work on Sheffield Theatres productions.
Participants will be selected through an application process taking place over the next four weeks.
An existing network of local artists, called the Making Room, will also run workshops and talks in the Bank.
Artistic director at Sheffield Theatres, Robert Hastie, said: “Our city is full of creative talent that needs space and support to think, imagine and create.
“We’re committed to sharing the resources and expertise we have in our theatres and to creating an environment where artists can thrive.
He added: “At Sheffield Theatres we’re keen to work with the city’s community of artists – and the artists in all Sheffield’s communities – to determine how we can best use this space. We’re starting with an offer, but we want to go forward in conversation and collaboration.”
Refurbishment work is currently taking place in the Bank, which is scheduled to open in late November.
Sheffield Theatres has received private funding for the creative hub from long-term supporters Jo and Chris Hookway.