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Introducing The 2024 Foundry Cohort

Since 2013, Foundry, The Rep’s highly acclaimed artist development programme, has supported artists and creatives from differing disciplines to grow their careers, and today (Thu 20 Jun), we are incredibly excited to announce our 2024 cohort.

This year seven applicants: Rachel Baker, Sarah Cole, Jenny Escott, Robert George-Lane, Imaani Phillips, Adjei Sun, and Dan Walsh have been selected to make up the 2024 cohort, who will be taking part in an intensive 8-month programme of paid training to become community facilitators.

Below you’ll find our cohort’s headshots, simply click on each one to read their biographies!

Meet our Foundry 2024 Cohort

This 8-month training programme includes facilitation practice, coaching, workshops and masterclasses, focused on allowing the cohort a chance to build their networks beyond The Rep, and to design and develop their practice into becoming community facilitators.

These facilitators will then move on to a placement in one of the seven community-based creative projects where our facilitators will then deliver a 12-week programme alongside a mentor, who is an experienced professional co-facilitator.

The community projects that The Rep are partnering with for 2024 are the following:

  • Birmingham Settlement,
  • Thimblemill Library in Smethwick,
  • Big Local Welsh House Farm,
  • Erdington Mind, Red Earth,
  • Severn Arts
  • Birmingham Institute for the Deaf (BID Services)

Many of The Rep’s Foundry alumni have been employed by The Rep as professional facilitators and have gone on to work across the UK at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Leeds Playhouse, Royal Court Theatre, Soho Playhouse, National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and many more.


Michael Southan, Foundry alumni and commissioned playwright said,

The Rep’s Foundry programme gave me the confidence to walk into rooms and say ‘I’m a playwright’. I think that’s really invaluable and put me in good stead for the future. I use it as my calling card in the industry.”

Later this year, another Foundry Alumni, Rae Mainwaring will be returning to The Rep as the writer of Bright Places (Thu 24 Oct–Sat 2 Nov), an honest, funny and autobiographical story about growing up in the shadow of chronic illness.


Find Out More about Bright Places

Three young women are sat on a box in the centre of a dark room. Confetti is falling all around d them and they are looking at the sky and smiling. They are all wearing shiny leggings, black boots with colourful laces, pink fluffy skits and feather boas. Their T shirts say ‘Actor A’, ‘Actor B’, and ‘Actor C’ on them.
If you’re interested in learning more about The Foundry, check out our dedicated page to find out more!