Theatre N16 in London has announced a major artistic development programme to support emerging artists.
This follows a turbulent period for the theatre, which was forced out of its south London home last year, but recently secured its future by moving into north London arts space Styx.
The development programme consists of three separate schemes, the first of which is a new mentoring scheme, Catapult. This will give six theatre companies the opportunity to preview their new shows and meet industry professionals and producers.
Theatre N16 has also partnered with theatremaking organisation WoLab to deliver a free 12-week, intensive course led by industry professionals aimed specifically at actor-writers.
The group will be working towards an industry showcase to an invited audience of agents, casting directors, programmers and producers on September 16 and 17.
Both new schemes will run alongside the existing First Credit programme, an annual in-house production, which is cast exclusively with new actors.
Executive director Jamie Eastlake said: “Theatre N16 is all about survival. Despite everything we’ve gone through, our sole aim is to support artists.
“I like working with honest people. If they say they haven’t got the money, well, we try to help them. We help them gain experience and learn how the industry works.”