Graduate Companies Programme


Across the country many talented theatre companies graduate and leave education without the practical skill set or contacts to help them make the difficult transition between training and working professionally.

New Diorama’s popular Graduate Companies Programme provides six companies with the tools and resources needed to keep making theatre.

The programme introduces these early-career theatre companies to industry professionals, while equipping them with the tools each need to continue making theatre. The companies will attending talks on a wide variety of subjects, including fund raising, approaching venues, producing and building audiences. 

“New Diorama has become the spiritual home of our company. Without the advice, resources and infinite other levels of support, we would not have reached this point in our practice. The graduate scheme has been a life changing opportunity. We are eternally grateful.”

The Outbound Project 

How it Works


New Diorama invite applications from the most talented graduate theatre companies from across the UK.


Building Skills

Working with industry experts and fellow artists, each group gains the skills and contacts needed to continue making work outside education


Boosted contacts book

Once the course is finished groups have more than money and skills – they also have a new network of contacts, both peers and industry pros, to help their work grow.


How to Apply

Applications for the NDT Graduate Companies Programme 2019/20 are now closed. Applications for 2020/21 will open around March 2020. 

To download all of this information in a handy PDF, please click here.

Previous Companies 


Poltergeist Theatre 
Backpack Ensemble
Hitchhiker Collective
Emergency Chorus
Bric à Brac Theatre
Burnt Lemon
Flock Ensemble


Dirty Rascals
Fat Rascal
Produced Moon
Red Cape Black Cape
Wonder Fools 


Certain Dark Things
Clown Funeral
Empty Deck Theatre
Fictive Theatre
Mad Like Roar
The Outbound Project
Pub Corner Poets