The Stage has announced a new initiative to support on and offstage talent throughout their careers in the performing arts. The Stage Supports brings together 12 strategic interventions that will help aspiring theatre workers from diverse backgrounds break into the theatre industry and make the most of their careers.
This is a pivotal moment for the entertainment and theatre world. As the UK creates a new identity and a new position on the world stage, our arts and creative industries – the fastest growing sector in the economy – will play an important role.
The Stage Supports brings together a range of organisations to nurture, sustain and celebrate talent – both on and off stage. At launch, there are 12 initiatives and The Stage welcomes discussions regarding further partnerships between organisations throughout the performing arts and beyond.
The Stage’s editor Alistair Smith will officially announce the new developments for the theatre publication at The Stage Awards ceremony, held this afternoon at the West End’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. (Check back at 2.30pm for the full list of winners in The Stage Awards, also announced at the same event. Click here for shortlists.) Smith will say:
“Theatre is a great industry to be a part of, but it can be difficult to break into it and it can be even harder to sustain a career within it.
“Since our first issue in 1880, The Stage has always championed theatre and encouraged new talent – we’ve often been the place where people have found their first jobs in this business. But we feel we can do more and think the time is right for us to do more.
“The Stage Supports is an exciting intervention that brings together a dozen key projects at launch. Some are long established, many of them brand new. They take various forms, but all of them have one aim: to nurture and champion on and off-stage talent in theatre and the performing arts throughout their careers.”
The initiatives at launch are:
- The Stage Scholarships – More than £500,000 of scholarships for children and young adults, in partnership with 10 stage schools across the UK
- Alan Bates Award – An annual award for the best graduating drama school student, in partnership with the Actors Centre.
- The Stage Internship – An internship for an aspiring arts journalist paying London Living Wage
- The Stage Critic Search – A nationwide competition to discover new voices in theatre criticism
- The Stage Debut Awards – A major new awards championing on and offstage emerging talent
- The Stage Edinburgh Awards – the Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s most prestigious awards for onstage talent
- The SMA Awards – Recognising outstanding achievements by stage managers, in partnership with the Stage Management Association
- Technical Theatre Awards – Celebrating the best in technical theatre
- Theatre conferences – Support for conferences exploring the future of the performing arts
- The Stage Awards – Recognising the best in the performing arts from across the UK and around the world
- Working life research – Research into the opportunities and difficulties faced by theatremakers in their working lives
- ArtsMinds – Providing mental health advice for entertainment professionals, in partnership with Equity, Spotlight and the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine.