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Breakthrough is Curve’s year-round development programme for emerging artists. We see our role as helping artists to reach their full potential by offering opportunities to make, share and explore new work and ideas, while giving critical feedback and linking artists in with our networks.
We want to help artists develop work that transforms our building, engages with our audience and inspires the way we work, think and programme.
Applications for this year’s programme are now closed. Details for future applications will be released soon.
Photo by David Wilson Clarke
Our Curve Associate Artists are industry-leading theatre and dance companies who with our support create cutting-edge new work which is showcased at Curve, across the UK and internationally. They are:
|Sarah Travis (Orchestrator and Musical Supervisor)||Matthew Wright (Designer)|
|Kay Magson (Casting UK)|
Julia Thomas has been awarded a paid residency to enable her to spend eighteen months based in a regional theatre as part of the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme 2016 – 2017.
Funded by Arts Council England, this residency provides the opportunity for the directors to mount their own production as part of each theatre’s programme.
In addition, the residency will allow the directors to develop their understanding of the artistic and operational workings of a theatre as potential artistic directors and to assist on its productions.
Established in 1960, the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS), a Young Vic Associate Company, is the UK’s longest running and most influential training scheme for emerging directors.
RTYDS brings together emerging directors with the UK’s leading regional theatre companies and is particularly focused on directors who live outside London and are from communities presently under-represented in theatre.
The scheme which was re-designed last year with support from Arts Council England is now offering many more opportunities to directors at the early stages of their theatre careers. It has just attracted a grant of £114,500 from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation over two years towards the development a national programme of regional theatre and director development which is designed to bring a richer range of life experiences, cultural traditions and different voices into regional theatres and the theatre industry in general.
Our Affiliate Community Groups programme welcomes Leicester’s leading participatory arts organisations into Curve to offer a range of regular performance classes ranging from Breakdance to Bollywood.
Launched in 2014, we are proud to showcase our supported artists during our annual Inside Out Festival. Celebrating the most exciting up-and-coming talent in the region, Inside Out offers the opportunity to enjoy fresh new drama, comedy, dance, spoken word and music all over our building. Inside Out includes many free performances alongside a range of professional masterclasses and workshops to help more people develop their creative skills.
Find out more about Inside Out 2018