Old Vic Theatre Makers

Old Vic Theatre Makers is a free six-month programme for 18–25 year olds to develop creative connections and create a toolkit to discuss and make theatre in the midst of our changing society.

Old Vic Theatre Makers will work with 20 young theatre makers through a series of workshops and masterclasses. We will look at what we learnt from the absence of live theatre and the burgeoning development of digital work, across the pandemic. How can these practices that were developed through necessity continue to help us innovate, and push contemporary theatre practice further?

With the support of a professional director, participants will conceptualise and plan the future of theatre alongside other young creatives, working in collaboration with some of the UK’s leading professional theatre makers, culminating in a showcase in December 2021. Participants will also receive free tickets to two Old Vic performances, A Christmas Carol and A Number.



This programme runs from Sep 2021 to Jan 2022. Keep an eye out on our social media pages and website to see what The Old Vic Theatre Makers 2021 Cohort get up to.

How to apply

Applications are now closed.

  • This programme is designed for people aged 18–25
  • We are looking for young theatre makers and creatives who want to develop new skills, gain confidence, build networks and explore what it means to create theatre
  • No experience is necessary and the programme is not open to anyone who has received (or is receiving) formal, degree level (or equivalent) arts training, or has taken part in the programme previously
  • We are particularly keen to hear from people who have had limited or no access to arts opportunities in the past and are committed to identifying and resolving barriers which may ordinarily exclude young people from accessing theatre
  • Applications will be accepted from across the UK but you must be able to travel to London to take part, we are able to support with travel if needed
  • We are committed to working with young people who have a disability or identify as neuro-diverse (for example: dyslexia, ADHD, autism) and will make adjustments for this
  • If you have a different learning style we can also change the course content to suit you
  • We can bring in additional staff support if you would require this
  • The project will take place at an Old Vic venue with step free access



If you would like to know more about the programme please email ovtheatremakers@oldivctheatre.com

‘Old Vic Theatre Makers has inspired me to create work that breaks stereotypes for both audiences watching and makers with ambitions but no one who has given them a space to dare or feel valued. Everyone deserves to be valued and represented in the industry – I hope to contribute to the change both with others and through my own work’ Old Vic Theatre Maker

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