Callout for Creative Associates

Our Creative Associates develop a significant relationship with Nottingham Playhouse over the course of a one year attachment.
This opportunity is open to Artists of any discipline.

Each Creative Associate receives a bursary of £1,000 to spend as they see fit. It could be on the development of a new piece of work, it could be used as match funding to support a funding bid, it could be used to undertake training and develop your practice. Alongside this we offer a bespoke partnership, supporting the development of your career – this might include:

  • Access to rehearsal space
  • Access to the expertise of the building and its numerous departments e.g. Marketing, Technical, Participation and Digital
  • Access to the expertise of the Artistic team including: Artistic Director Adam Penford and our Artistic Associates
  • Dramaturgical support from the Amplify Producer
  • Support with ACE and other funding applications
  • Opportunities to share work-in-progress
  • Opportunities to observe rehearsals

We’re looking for Creative Associates who:

  • Are from or based in the East Midlands.
  • Have made, or have contributed to the making of, at least one show as a professional artist. We define this as a minimum of a week long run, with professional performers (paid or unpaid).
  • Can clearly articulate why being a Creative Associate would be an important step in the development of their creative practice.
  • Are interested in playing a role in the wider life of the Playhouse, this might mean seeing shows on our behalf and writing reports, running workshops for Amplify Members or the Participation department or representing the building at industry events.

To apply please fill in this application form or send your CV along with a 5 minute video detailing:

  • Your connection to the East Midlands.
  • Your journey as an Artist so far.
  • Why being a Creative Associate would be an important step in the development of your creative practice and what you would like to achieve during the attachment.

Please also include links to examples of or responses to your work in the body of the email.

This needs to be sent to with the subject line Creative Association Application.

The closing date for applications is Monday 5 July at 12 noon.

We will notify all applicants of the outcome of their application on Monday 19 July. Interviews will be held w/c 26 July.

ACE Project Grant Support

We are offering support to look through and feed back on draft applications for smaller independent organisations and freelancers based in, or with a connection to, the East Midlands.

If you would like to apply for our support with your application, please click here and complete this short online form.

We will endeavour to support as many applications as possible

Submissions close at 5pm, Aug 31 2021 after which we will publish a summary of the Equal Opportunities data from this opportunity.


Nottingham Playhouse and ETT Callout for Writers

Nottingham Playhouse are looking for writers for a new mid-scale talent development opportunity.

Nottingham Playhouse are a partner venue participating in NATIONWIDE VOICES, led by English Touring Theatre.

ETT are partnering with venues and companies across the UK to identify, grow and platform playwrights from all across the nation in an effort to bring their work onto mid-scale stages.

Nottingham Playhouse are looking for a writer from or based in the East Midlands to participate in the programme.

Writers will ideally have had work previously produced in studio or fringe-scale venues, with the programme offering opportunities and support to write for larger, mid-scale spaces. The ambition is to:

  • See emerging writers through the crucial ‘cliff-edge’ experience of career transition.
  • Help theatres nationwide to platform fresh and imaginative voices from their local area who are making engaging work for national audiences.

This project is funded by the John Ellerman Foundation ( and the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust (


ETT’s NATIONWIDE VOICES programme is uniquely positioned to connect exciting new writers across the country with a strong network of venues, challenging and supporting them to create mid-scale work of national reach and relevance.

By nurturing fresh and eclectic voices nation-wide, we aim to develop stories – with a view towards production and touring – that speak to new and underserved audiences across the UK.

It is our aim to:

  • Enable a new generation of writers to create imaginative work of broad ambition and scale
  • Foster the creation of work that is rooted in local communities while speaking to national themes
  • Increase cross-fertilisation between artists and theatres from different regions
  • Create a stronger touring network



Below are the experience and eligibility criteria for this opportunity. However, we know that not everyone can meet all these criteria. If you don’t think you have everything on the list, but know that you could make a real difference to Nationwide Voices, then we encourage you to make an application. Nationwide Voices is about helping writers transition their careers, boosting them onto bigger stages and facilitating their voices for the mid-scale. If you feel ready for that step, we want to hear from you.

  • You must be from or based in the East Midlands
  • You ideally will have had a minimum of one full-length run or tour of your work produced in studio- or fringe-sized theatres (50 – 289 seats, with a full-length run or tour being considered 2 weeks or longer). *
  • You ideally will have had no more than one full-length run of your show produced in a mid-scale theatre or larger (290+).
  • Nationwide Voices is for writers of all backgrounds. We want to encourage writers who are ethnically diverse, d/Deaf or disabled, LGBTQA+, working class, or for any other reason are underrepresented in our industry to apply. Theatre-makers who write as part of a wider practice are welcome. Theatre-makers whose practice is rooted in community engagement are welcome.**

*We recognise that there are still barriers to entering the industry which might mean there are voices who are not often heard or who haven’t had the opportunity to get their work presented in this way. If this is the case we would encourage you to apply.

**We recognise that applicants may be at an early stage in their writing, but have extensive adjacent professional experience that is not reflected in the criteria above (i.e. may be highly experienced actors, directors, community theatre makers, performance artists, drag artists, spoken word artists, and so on). This industry boasts a diversity of skill, and the criteria above are not exhaustive. If you feel you are ready to make work for the mid-scale and can make a difference through your involvement in Nationwide Voices, we want to hear from you.

The Programme:

Below is an outline of what the programme can offer:

  • LEARNING AND DEVELOPING CRAFT: The programme features fortnightly workshops and learning sessions. These are organised by ETT, with the sessions led by an experienced playwright and featuring a series of guest speakers. In Year 1 of NATIONWIDE VOICES (2020/2021), the sessions were led by Chris Bush, with guest speakers including Lyndsey Turner, Emily Lim, Chinonyerem Odimba, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Eve Leigh and many others – as well as the Artistic Directors of each of the partner theatres. Year 2 will see a new lead facilitator and series of guest speakers join the programme. The aim is to broaden the horizons and hone the craft of all participants in preparation for creating work for mid-scale stages.
  • SEED COMMISSIONS AND A FESTIVAL OF READINGS: parallel to the fortnightly sessions, the NV playwrights will also be developing a rough draft of a full-length play of substantial ambition and scale throughout the duration of the programme. The idea for this piece will be agreed between the playwright, the partner theatre and ETT early on in the programme (within the first three months). These pieces will then be supported – both by ETT, the lead facilitating playwright, and the partner venues – all the way through development, and shared at the end of the process in a festival of rehearsed readings.
  • CREATING A NATIONWIDE NETWORK: as part of the programme, each writer will also be on attachment with the partner theatre that nominated them. In addition, throughout the year, ETT and partners aim to connect each writer to a wider network of venues, artists, and audiences, enabling creative exchange and reinforcing the ambition to tell stories of national reach and relevance.
  • A COMMITMENT TO THE FUTURE: following the festival of readings, it is ultimately our aim to work towards taking a number of the seed commissioned pieces forward to full commission and/or co-commission, with a view towards producing/co-producing and touring in future. As with all seed commissions, there are a number of factors that go into that decision, and due to the limited number of shows that ETT produces in a year, we are sadly not in a position to take every NATIONWIDE VOICES seed commission forward. However we hope that, where we are unable to take a seed commission forward, there will be further opportunities created for those writers by having built relationships with the partner venues. We also hope that whatever else happens, writers will have created a strong piece of mid-scale work to be able to send to other venues. Our commitment of support does not end with the programme.

Writer Attachment at Nottingham Playhouse

In addition to the above, each NV writer will be on attachment to the partner theatre that                 nominated them. The attachment to Nottingham Playhouse will include:

  • A main point of contact in the theatre for mentorship, support and advice. This is in addition to regular contact with English Touring Theatre and the session leader
  • Space to write or other support in kind
  • The opportunity to have one-on-one meetings with the Artistic Director, Artistic Associates and other Heads of Department, as appropriate.
  • Complimentary tickets to attend in-house shows
  • Setting up meetings with artists and venues connected to Nottingham, expanding your professional network
  • Connecting you with local research opportunities to support you in the development of your full-length play
  • Where applicable, connect you with local groups, communities and/or audiences as part of the development of your full-length play


Fortnightly sessions will take place September 28 2021 – April 19 2022, organised by ETT, run by the lead facilitator and featuring a series of guest speakers. The majority of the sessions will take place remotely via Zoom (as participating writers will be from all over the country). These sessions will be two hours long: one hour with the lead facilitator, one hour with a guest speaker. However, five of the sessions throughout that time are envisioned as taking place in each one of the partner theatres, with travel covered by ETT. The festival of rehearsed readings is envisioned as taking place on the 24th and 25th May 2022 at ETT’s studios in London, with travel covered by ETT (exact dates TBC).


Each writer participating in Nationwide Voices receives a £1000 seed commission fee, as well as a £69.03 attendance fee for each workshop session, in accordance with UK Theatre rates. For any in-person sessions, all travel will be covered where necessary for those living in the UK but outside of the city the meeting is taking place in. The rehearsed readings are fully produced by ETT, with travel and accommodation covered where necessary.

To Apply

Please fill in this short application form and attach a full length script by 5pm Friday 17 September.

Click here to apply


Amplify Festival 

The Amplify Festival is our annual festival of new work and forms a key part of our Artist Development Programme Amplify.

The Amplify Festival is our annual festival of new work and forms a key part of our Artist Development Programme Amplify.From 4-6 November 2021, we’ll be showcasing performances and works-in-progress made by artists who live in or originate from the East Midlands (Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland), as well as offering a range of workshops and discussions.Check out the programme below.