Free Workshops for Theatre Artists of Tomorrow


As we begin the search for the next group of exciting artists to become The Old Vic 12, we are hosting a series of free workshops to connect with a wider range of theatre makers. In addition to the main programme, each friendly, informal session will provide an opportunity to improve skills, connect with The Old Vic team and learn more about the support available.

Meet the Team Open Sessions

We will be hosting a series of free workshops for all potential applicants both within and outside of London. These networking sessions will provide an opportunity to hear more about the programme, meet members of The Old Vic team and the current Old Vic 12.

Southampton, NST City, Wed 29 Aug, 2pm–4pm

The Old Vic, Workshop Information – Large Text

Devising with Lucy J Skilbeck (Milk Presents)

for LGBTQ+ Artists

The Old Vic – Tue 14 Aug, 2pm-5pm

Ready for some quick and dirty devising? Join Lucy J Skilbeck as they share approaches to devising theatre work developed with the electrifying Milk Presents.

Book your free place for Devising with Lucy J Skilbeck


Adaptations with Matthew Xia

for People of Colour
The Old Vic – Wed 15 Aug, 2pm-5pm

Who is the monster today? Hot off the back of his successful adaptation of Frankenstein at the Royal Exchange with April de Angelis, Director Matthew Xia leads a workshop on the process of adapting for the stage.

Book your free place for Adaptations with Matthew Xia


Pitching with Rikki Beadle-Blair

for Emerging Artists aged 35+
The Old Vic – Wed 15 Aug, 6pm-9pm (SOLD OUT)
The Old Vic Workrooms – Wed 5 Sep, 6pm-9pm

Life’s a pitch! Join Rikki Beadle-Blair (MBE) in this practical session exploring how best to pitch your ideas and your story. Rikki will be drawing from his experience pitching for theatre commissions, television and film – as well as being directly involved in The Old Vic 12 selection process.

Book your free place for Pitching with Rikki Beadle-Blair


Devising with Jesse Jones (The Wardrobe Ensemble)

for Disabled Artists
St. Andrews, Waterloo – Thu 23 Aug, 2pm-5pm
This workshop will be BSL interpreted

Inspired by the work of the award-winning Wardrobe Ensemble, this session is aimed at developing the skills necessary to make devised and ensemble-based theatre that is exciting, original and accessible for all.

Book your free place for Devising with Jesse Jones

Alternatively you can contact Tom via email or on 020 7981 0994 and let us know how we can support your access needs.

More workshops coming soon.

Alongside our commitment to Equality and Inclusion, these initiatives were created in response to the valuable feedback received from The Old Vic 12 applications in 2017 and consultation with a diverse group of artists we work with. In addition to the above, we are also committed to diversity within interview panels and accessible drop-in sessions to give support with the application process. If you have any further questions please get in touch via

More information about The Old Vic 12 programme coming soon.

The Old Vic 12 is generously supported for 2018/2019 by:

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Nathalie & Nicolas Giauque, The Luscinus Trust, Laura & Nigel Mead and The Old Vic Impact Fund.

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