The Old Vic 12


The search is on to find the next group of exciting artists to become the third Old Vic 12.

The Old Vic 12 is a group of 12 extraordinary developing artists ready to take the next step in their careers. The scheme provides opportunities to expand their networks, receive first class mentoring and benefit from a prestigious association with The Old Vic through an attachment to this iconic building. The selected 12 will also receive a grant to create and develop three brand new plays to be presented at The Old Vic.

The Old Vic is looking for three directors, three playwrights, three producers and three exciting collaborators from any discipline: designers, composers, DJs, lighting designers, movement directors, illusionists and everything in-between; if you’re interested in collaboration and new plays, we want to hear from you.

The successful applicants will be creatives looking to make a change in their work, whether that’s a step up or the support to go in a new direction. Applicants should be creating their own work on the fringe, assisting established practitioners or working at the equivalent level, and feel that they would benefit from a structured year and attachment to an independent producing theatre.

As with each role we recruit for at The Old Vic, we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds.

Opening date for applications: Tuesday 8 August

Closing date for applications: by midnight Wednesday 30 August

Applications to be made through Hiive


T: 020 7981 0994

Meet The Team Workshops

We will be hosting a series of free workshops for potential applicants in a range of venues around the UK. These networking sessions will provide an opportunity to hear more about the programme, meet members of The Old Vic team, the team at Hiive and members of the current Old Vic 12.

London, The Old Vic – Tuesday 15 August, 2-4pm
London, The Old Vic Workrooms – Tuesday 15 August, 7-9pm
Edinburgh, Assembly Checkpoint, Saturday 19 August, 4.15-5.30pm
Midlands, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Friday 25 August, 2-4pm

‘The Old Vic 12 has helped me to clarify my vision and practice as a director, to articulate my ‘art’.’

‘Being part of the 12 has given me a group of extraordinarily talented collaborators’

‘The programme has been designed to give focus to us as individual artists, as well as a collective. Allowing us to work in a building that has a lot of kudos, but also to think about our process in a way that you often don’t give yourself an opportunity to do’

‘I don’t think I’ve ever felt so creatively challenged’

The Old Vic 12 is generously supported for 2017/18 by
Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Robert Bourne, Nick Clarry, Hani Farsi, Nathalie & Nicolas Giauque, Laura & Nigel Mead and The Old Vic Impact Fund.

This project was made possible with seed funding from the Peter De Haan Charitable Trust.