The Exeter Northcott Futures project offers professional development across three tiers: for individual artists at the start of their careers; tailored packages of support for regionally-based companies at a critical moment in their development; and a launch pad for the next generation of producers.
Exeter has an extraordinary track record of nurturing creative talent, particularly in theatre and the performing arts, with many actors, directors, designers, writers, producers and technicians having started their careers in the city, and a number of high profile theatre companies having their roots in Devon.
However, it’s become clear to me from talking to theatre makers based in Exeter and the surrounding region, that there’s currently a real lack of the opportunities they need to grow their work in the South West.
At the Northcott we believe it’s vital that Exeter remains a place where people come to make amazing theatre, not just a stopping off point for touring shows made elsewhere. Which is why we’re delighted to be working with a number of the city’s other arts organisations to think about what we can do collectively to support artists, and why today, as part of that, we’re launching Exeter Northcott Futures, a comprehensive package of new talent development opportunities that will put the next generation of theatre-making talent centre stage at the Northcott.
Daniel Buckroyd, Artistic Director
Exeter Northcott Futures is made possible thanks to the kind support of John Nettles, The Mackintosh Foundation, Idlewild Trust and The Noël Coward Foundation.