Old Vic New Voices, the Old Vic’s ever industrious development, creative learning and community engagement department, has just announced its new season of work for 2013. The award-winning department is an established leader on developing new talent, and honing the skills of the next generation of theatre practitioners: writers, directors, producers and actors. This season it continues its good work.
There’s all sorts planned. As part of the transatlantic T.S. Eliot US/UK Exchange, OVNV will be commissioning ten writers a year for two years to create new full-length works, under the guidance of Old Vic associates, with the possibility of a performance as part of a future season. Meanwhile, the newly-launched, city-wide Community Company will be developing its own work and keeping things local by exploring some of the social issues affecting Londoners. Perhaps most excitingly, the OVNV Lab, a brand new rehearsal space in Clapham, will open up its doors – for free – to young theatre-makers in need of a place to develop ideas. It will provide a home for the Community Company, too.
Other highlights include small start-up funds – to help get work in the early stages of development off the ground – together with a schools’ club and Eversheds Twenty, an unusual initiative that will give 20 actors the opportunity to receive special training with respected industry mentors.
You can find out more about these projects at the brand spanking new OVNV web pages.
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