Emerging Companies Programme 2018


Even the most talented theatre companies who have initial artistic success then struggle with how to cultivate their work so they can keep making theatre long-term. Universities and drama schools have a bad track record when it comes to teaching the practical nuts and bolts of running a theatre company, and sustaining artistic practise long-term.

Each year New Diorama invites six early-career theatre ensembles who have shown exceptional artistic promise to take part in a crash course in running a company – including building audiences, marketing, fundraising and touring internationally.

Each session is led by industry experts and augmented with successful early career artists, in order to present a balance between high-level thinking and ideas, and the practical day-to-day reality of running an emerging theatre company 

Alongside these industry speakers, the programme is attended by established NDT Artists who are on hand to offer practical advice and guidance to those new artists starting out.

The main aims behind the Emerging Companies Programme are:

- To allow companies who are just starting out to benefit from the network of industry professionals that are linked with NDT.
- To allow NDT to meet young companies at the start of their careers and have the work of the next generation of promising practitioners on our radar right from their first productions.
- To allow these emerging companies to meet useful contacts and other artists in an informal environment so they can leave with numbers in their phones that will be of practical use in the future.
- To help young artists begin thinking about how to make their work sustainable right from the early stages in their careers


How it Works

The best early-career companies

Each year we invite six of the most exciting early-career companies from across the UK onto the programme, paying for travel for those outside London.

 

Investment in skills

The chosen companies undertake a bespoke course covering everything from fundraising and marketing, to international touring and registering as a charity.

 

Showcase performances

Each company receives performance opportunities at New Diorama, receiving 100% of their box office takings.

 

Industry contacts

Groups leave the course with a network of new contacts and, each year, we actively try to find groups through this scheme to further support. 


How to Apply

Applications for NDT Emerging Companies 2019/20 will open early next year. 

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


“New Diorama have been a rock for us. As a member of their Emerging Companies Programme they have opened many doors to priceless advice and allowed us to continue working our way through the industry”

Lost Watch Theatre 


NDT EMERGING COMPANIES 2018/19

Hitchhiker Collective
Bric a Brac Theatre
Burnt Lemon
Poltergeist Theatre
Argonaut
The Backpack Ensemble

NDT EMERGING COMPANIES 2018/19
The Pretend Men
Bellow Theatre
The Thelmas
Worklight
Little Soldier Productions
The Human Zoo

NDT EMERGING COMPANIES 2016/17

Babel
Smoke & Oakum
Odd Eyes
Two's Company
Silent Uproar
Breach Theatre

NDT/IDEAS TAP EMERGING COMPANIES 2014/15

Lightbox Theatre
Lostwatch
Playground Theatre Company
Tea Break Theatre
Space Junk
Do-It Theatre

NDT/IDEAS TAP GRADUATE COMPANIES 2014/15

In Bed With My Brother
The Roaring Girls
DugOut Theatre Company
Fool's Cap Theatre
Haste Theatre Company
Asa Nisi Masa
Barrel Organ 

NDT/ IDEAS TAP EMERGING COMPANIES 2013/14

ANTLER Theatre
Handprint Theatre
Impulse Collective
PlayON Theatre
Tap Tap Theatre
Tinbox Theatre