Old Vic Theatre Makers

The Old Vic Theatre Makers are 20 young creatives from across the UK who have spent the past five months exploring, devising, and discussing what it means to be a theatre maker in 2021, what lessons can be learnt from the last 18 months, and what the future of their work will look like.

Workshops took place in-person and online, led by director Joseph Hancock, with masterclasses in directing, writing and producing, led by Poppy Keeling, Francesca Moody, Nina Segal, Jasmine Teo and Matthew Xia. On Sun 12 Dec, the programme culminated with a Scratch Night directed, produced and devised by our company, based on the theme of ‘reunion’.

The Old Vic Theatre Makers Company 2021 are: Ada, Afriya, Agnieszka, Braedan, Chakira, Chelsea, Ted, Emily, Isaac, Jade, Jennifer, John, Kaya, Lola, Ned, Niamh, Patrick, Rachel, Sandie, Sean

As the programme comes to an end, meet the 20 young people who are this year’s Old Vic Theatre Makers and watch what they have to say about what comes next.

The 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.

Generously supported by D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, Richard Radcliffe Trust, Sandra Charitable Trust and a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.


This programme will return in 2022, sign up to our mailing list to be the first to hear when applications open.

How to apply

This programme will return in 2022, sign up to our mailing list to be the first to hear when applications open.

  • 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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