Artist Development

At Curve we are committed to developing local theatre makers, performers, writers, directors and choreographers. 

We are interested in working with artists to tell the stories that matter to us, our audience and local community, while offering entertaining, thought-provoking and moving experiences to the widest range of audiences.

If you are working on something or have an idea that you think might excite us, or if you need any help or guidance in getting a new project off the ground then please get in touch to book a 20 minute slot at one of our monthly open forum sessions.

For more information or to find out when the next open forum session is please email [email protected].

Please note we only invest financially in work by artists on our formal Artist Development & Breakthrough programmes, See below for more information.

Our Artist Development activity includes; Inside Out Festival, our annual festival of new work celebrating the artists that live and work in the East Midlands; Breakthrough, our year-round development programme for local performance makers; and our Artist Network, an open network for anyone interested in seeing more performance, getting involved with Curve and meeting other artists in the city.

For information on new writing policy and our writers development programme, WritersLab, please click here.


Inside Out Festival is a celebration of new work created by some of the best companies in the East Midlands.

Inside Out focuses on new and innovative approaches to performance; the festival is a vibrant mix of theatre, dance and spoken word with free evening performances in our interactive Inside Out Park.

The Festival offers a snapshot of live performance that is dynamic, independent, and thought-provoking.

We will be announcing the 2017 programme in the New Year, so keep an eye out on this page or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out more.


Breakthrough is Curve’s year-round development programme for local 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.

The Breakthrough programme is founded on a flexible structure, where the support we offer responds to the individual needs of our artists.

Applications for Breakthrough will open again in 2017, in the meantime if you would like more information please contact [email protected].


Are you a local artist? And would you like to be the first to hear about workshops, masterclasses and special ticket offers available?  If so, sign up to our Artists’ Network to be kept up-to-date with future opportunities.

Curve’s Artist Network is dedicated to bringing local artists together to see work, explore ideas and discuss what is important to artists living in Leicester, Leicestershire and the East Midlands.

If you would like to be part of our Artist Network please email [email protected] with your name, email address and a little bit of information about you.