The Evolve Artists in Residence scheme, each year, supports three emerging or mid-career artists/companies by providing seed funding for projects, research and development, rehearsal space as well as mentoring and advice from the Playhouse team.
Now in its sixth year of applications, Evolve has become an important and rewarding part of the Oxford Playhouse’s work to support artists in the Oxfordshire area. Previous residencies include UK Theatre Award-winners Chris Bush and Matt Winkworth, Olivier nominated writer-performer Caroline Horton, founder of the award-winning company Opera Up-Close, Robin Norton-Hale, critically acclaimed performer Lanre Malaolu, and local companies Flintlock Theatre, Justice In Motion and Kuumba Nia Arts. Most go on to become regulars within our annual programming.
Evolve sits as one of 3 artists development schemes at Oxford Playhouse, alongside Playhouse Playmaker, our writers' development scheme and Offbeat, our annual festival of new work in partnership with Arts at The Old Fire Station.
To download an EVOLVE Artists in Residence Scheme Application Pack click HERE.
To download an EVOLVE Artists in Residence Scheme copy click HERE.
Deadline: 12.00 noon on Monday 27 January 2020
Interviews: w/c 10 February 2020
Evolve 2020-2021 will run from April 2020 – March 2021.
Laura Elliot, Programme Director at Oxford Playhouse says:
‘The Evolve Artists in Residence scheme is an important and rewarding part of our work with artists in and around Oxford, who we hope will go on to become longer-term associates of the Playhouse. We pick artists who show passion and vigour to both evolve their practise or organisation, and connect with the region. We hope the scheme will contribute to the sense of community amongst the many talented artists making work within the region, emphasising Oxfordshire as a place for artists to live and work and where audiences can access vital new work.’
Kuumba Nia EVOLVE artists 2019
‘Our year as Evolve artists unexpectedly took us to Edinburgh fringe, with the Playhouse taking our show SOLD under its umbrella!
We ended up with a full run, winning an award and now planning a tour for next year! Their help, support and guidance has been invaluable and continues.
It has been a year of us trying to bridge the gap between artist and industry, helping the art we make and our business 'evolve'. It's been both challenging and rewarding and ultimately worthwhile.’
Flintlock Theatre, EVOLVE artists 2013
‘Becoming Artists in Residence at OP on the EVOLVE scheme has catapulted us forward in our development as an emerging theatre company. The mentoring and support has been simply wonderful and having the OP seal of approval on our work makes all the difference when we're making new connections across the theatre industry.’