There are many ways to work alongside The REP in support of your artistic development. Many of the amazing people we have supported have gone on to producing work on our stages.
As part of our commitment to inclusivity and diversity, The REP, in partnership with Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme, are running an Introduction to Directing course for new and emerging D/deaf and disabled directors. The course offers an unique opportunity for anyone that has considered a career in directing or already has some experience.
The course will include weekly workshops with professional theatre directors and practitioners from both The REP and beyond focussing on the skills and resources you will need to take work from the page to the stage and continue to develop your craft.
The first workshop will begin on the evening of Wednesday 13 September 2017and will run every week for 10 weeks, culminating in a sharing of your work to an invited audience.
Birmingham Repertory Theatre are proud to be Year 4 partners on Graeae's flagship new writing programme, Write to Play.
Write to Play is a year-long writing programme for emerging Deaf/disabled writers based in different parts of the UK, with year 4 (2016-17) taking place in The Midlands. Each year, 5 writers, through a series of workshops and placements, work towards their first full-length play, which is performed in a public sharing at the end of the year. The other partners for Year 4 were Leciester Curve and the Belgrade Theatre Coventry.
"We are delighted to partner with Graeae, Belgrade Theatre and Curve on this most exciting and ambitious of projects. To be a part of this programme on a region wide scale, to discover, nurture and support a new generation of D/deaf and disabled writers and to diversify the pool of fantastic storytellers in the Midlands is a great honour. I really look forward to seeing how these writers, ideas and plays develop and grow with the support and focus that the mentoring, workshops and sharings of work that this scheme offers."
Tessa Walker, Associate Director, Birmingham Repertory Theatre
For more information about the programme, including future plans, email email@example.com or call 020 7613 6900.
Have you written a script and would like some professional feedback? We welcome script submissions from regional, national and international writers.
Thank you so much for reading my play and your feedback; it is so rare to actually receive the thoughts of such an experienced individual from such an established theatre, especially one who engages with a piece so fully, so thank you immensely.
Scripts must be full length and written specifically for the stage. We will respond to all scripts that are submitted. Send your script to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It may take up to four months for a reply so do bear with us.
As well as a programme of commissioning new work The REP runs various writer development programmes designed to enable new writers of promise to develop ideas and gain experience of the professional theatre.
Details of current writer development programmes will be posted on our website as they occur or email email@example.com to be added to our database.
“The Foundry has been completely life changing for me. In one year I've gone from feeling like I had no right to be trying to make theatre, to feeling like I have no right not to be.”
REP Foundry Theatre Maker, 2015
REP Foundry is an award-winning annual programme for emerging directors, writers, theatre makers and companies from across the West Midlands. This year-long development programme supports artists through workshops, making and sharing work and professional mentoring.
The JMK Directors group is for young and emerging theatre makers and directors in the West Midlands and offers access to free workshops, networking and assistant director bursaries. Directors from the JMK group have assisted on REP productions of The Mother, The Lion,The Witch and the Wardrobe, Folk and Amédée.
On Thursday mornings local residents meet at The REP for drawing and painting classes. The group work with local art tutor Tracey Dolby to develop their skills and have exhibited in The REP gallery spaces on several occasions. The class covers topics like abstract art and landscape and regularly use The REP's shows as their inspiration.
The Art Class are an important part of The REP's Learning & Participation programme, and have recently contributed work to the REP 100 exhibition. Many of the art class participants have been attending classes at The REP for nine years!
To view some of their work just take a look at the gallery on the left hand side of this page. To find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org.