Application Deadline

Opening date for applications: Wed 15 Jan
Closing date for applications: Mon 10 Feb, 12pm


Workshops & Learning

The search is on to find the next group of exciting artists to become The 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 access and insights into top-level theatre-making, mentoring from industry experts, opportunities to deliver masterclasses to emerging artists and collaborate with each other to create brand new work.

This group of writers, directors, producers and other theatre artists will be selected through an accessible, nationwide recruitment process. Over a year-long attachment they will be supported to develop three brand new plays to be presented for the first time at leading cultural venue, Shoreditch Town Hall, in a three week repertory season in March 2021.

We want to hear from artists who are passionate about creating outstanding new work which explores engaging, contemporary subjects in a way that will catalyse, entice and entertain the largest audiences possible. The Old Vic 12 asks: how do we make the popular artistic and the artistic popular? How do we take your voice, amplify it, and attract a broad audience to hear it, and in the process help you evolve an ambitious and sustainable career?

By providing a ‘real world’ experience that reflects how work is made at independent producing theatres, alongside delivering a range of artist development opportunities, this project will enable each of The Old Vic 12 to take the next step in their careers.

In the second round of applications we are looking to select three directors, three producers, one designer, one movement director and one sound designer or composer to form The Old Vic 12 team. Suitable applicants will have worked directly on at least two professional productions and will be looking to increase the reach of their work.

We have raised our entry requirements from last year so that the chosen artists will have experienced each stage of creating new plays from seed idea, through development and into production and are ready to work towards a repertory production run at Shoreditch Town Hall. We are aware that there are other ways to gain experience, so this is an indicator of what experience we are looking for. If you feel you have gained that through other means and are ready for this opportunity then please do apply.

Applications can be made through the application forms below and should respond directly to this year’s play ideas. The successful directors and producers will help bring to life one of the chosen productions. The successful designer, movement director, and sound designer or composer will get the unique opportunity to work across all three plays within the repertory season.

We encourage applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Successful applicants currently based outside of London will be eligible for support with travel and accommodation. We will also work with you to make sure any access needs are met.

We will also accept applications in BSL English or video response. If you would like to submit in this way please get in touch via or call the team on 020 7981 0994.

Opening date for applications: Wed 15 Jan

Closing date for applications: Mon 10 Feb, 12pm

To apply, visit The Old Vic's website

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