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 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 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.
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 2020/21 will open in Spring 2020.
“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 2019/20
All Good Artists Are Dead
Chalk Line Theatre
Just Add Milk
Quick Duck Theatre
So It Goes Theatre
Spies Like Us
NDT EMERGING COMPANIES 2018/19
Bric a Brac Theatre
The Backpack Ensemble
NDT EMERGING COMPANIES 2017/18
Little Soldier Productions
The Human Zoo
NDT EMERGING COMPANIES 2016/17
Smoke & Oakum
NDT / IDEAS TAP EMERGING COMPANIES 2015/16*
Lost Watch Theatre
Playground Theatre Company
Tea Break Theatre
NDT / IDEAS TAP EMERGING COMPANIES 2014/15*
In Bed With My Brother
The Roaring Girls
DugOut Theatre Company
Fool's Cap Theatre
Haste Theatre Company
Asa Nisi Masa
NDT / IDEAS TAP EMERGING COMPANIES 2013/14*
Tap Tap Theatre
*The first three years of the programme were run in partnership with Ideas Tap, which sadly closed in 2015.