Introducing the Old Vic 12


For the past two years we’ve been lucky enough to meet and work with some of the most promising artists of tomorrow. After receiving 1,200 applications and interviewing 200 candidates, we’re delighted to announce this year’s Old Vic 12, a company of talented developing writers, directors, producers, composers and designers who will work with us throughout our monumental bicentenary year and beyond.

For its third year, the scheme has evolved so that the three creative positions (formally designer, movement director and composer) are open to theatre collaborators of any discipline including illusionists, lighting designers, sound designers, DJs, choreographers and many more. As a result, for the first time, The Old Vic will welcome a puppet-maker to The Old Vic 12.

The newly announced Old Vic 12 consists of:

  • Composer and Musical Director, Tom Barnes
  • Designer and Visual Artist, Moi Tran
  • Directors, Hannah Banister, Sophie Moniram and Sara Joyce
  • Puppet-Designer, Maker and Director, Maia Kirkman-Richards
  • Producers, Ciara McCafferty, Matthew Schmolle and Euan Borland
  • Writers, Sarah Kosar, Gareth Farr and Omar El-Khairy

Here at The Old Vic, we are committed to outreach and inclusivity in everything that we do. To ensure that members of OV12 truly become part of The Old Vic network, we are introducing a brand new project called Connect.

Connect will harness the collective power of our talented alumni from former OV12 groups as well as previous artist development projects and main stage cast members, to continue to support them as they develop their careers.

Being part of the Connect network will offer:

  • £10 tickets to Old Vic shows
  • Opportunities to expand networks
  • Access to bespoke panel talks, debates and creative insights
  • New work development and collaborative platforms
  • Access to rehearsal space at The Old Vic Workrooms

If you want to join the network please contact with the subject line ‘CONNECT’ stating how and when you first connected with The Old Vic’s projects.

‘Today we welcome the third cohort of The Old Vic 12 scheme. It’s very inspiring to see the creative partnerships that have been forged through the scheme to date and to imagine how they may shape our industry now and in years to come. This year we accepted applications from a much wider range of disciplines and are excited to include a puppet designer in The Old Vic 12 alongside a composer, a designer, directors, writers and producers. We look forward to presenting the three new pieces that these collaborations give rise to and to continuing to work with our alumni through our new project, Connect at The Old Vic, which offers a much needed ongoing artist development network and further opens up our theatre in its 200th year.’

Matthew Warchus

Where are they now? OV12 Class of 2016 – 2017

  • Tobi Kyeremateng (producer) and Lekan Lawal (director) were successful in Next Up – a BAME leadership initiative. Tobi will be programming a season at The Bush and Lekan at BAC
  • Director Chelsea Walker won the RTST director award and will direct A Streetcar Named Desire for ETT and other partnering venues
  • Jesse Jones has enjoyed an acclaimed run of Education, Education, Education at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and beyond
  • Playwright Rebecca Crookshank travelled to Hanoi with the British Council to research her next play
  • John O’Donovan embarks on a tour of his stirring play If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You
  • Joe White will have his play Mayfly staged at the Orange Tree Theatre in 2018
  • Designer Fin Redshaw was a successful recipient of The Linbury Prize
  • Composer Cassie Kinoshi enjoys continuing success with her band Nerija
  • Movement Director Rachel Nanyonjo went on to be the Movement Director on The Old Vic’s production of Cover My Tracks
  • Of the remaining producers, Aaron Rogers secured a full-time position with worldwide production company Dodger Theatricals and Molly Roberts’ company Poleroid won the Vault Festival’s show of the year award and will bring back their show Plastic for a UK tour in 2018

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.

Connect is generously supported by The Fenton Arts Trust, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, The Stanley Picker Trust and The Old Vic Impact Fund.