Oxford Playhouse's annual Evolve Artists in Residence Scheme, each year, supports three – four 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.

How Do I Get Involved?

The application process for Evolve 2021/2022 is now open!

Evolve has become an important and rewarding part of our work to support artists. 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.

Other Notable Alumni include: Daniel Naddafy, Dot and Ethel, Ellen Havard, Fifth Word, Hannah Ringham, Hidden Track, Jack Bennett, Jessica Lazar, Mike Tweddle, Robin Norton-Hale & Smoking Apples.


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, 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 from 19/20 says;

Our year as Evolve artists unexpectedly took usto 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.’

Jenni Jackson, Evolve Artist from 20/21 says;

Evolve has been a year of transformation and development for my practice. The Oxford Playhouse team have been incredibly supportive and have been a positive force for me both as an artist, and as a human being! From advice and consultations on applications, to talking through ideas, and being a sounding board for my thoughts, this time has been invaluable. This year has given me the space to think about who I am as an artist and what my process is. As a result, I have had a number of successes as a lead artist: my first successful ACE project grant, a DYCP award, a new commission, a digital R&D, and the team helped formulate my plans for my ongoing body of work TAKE SPACE, for which I won a Jerwood Live Work Fund.