Associate Companies Scheme

An eighteen month tailored package of support/resources to help emerging South West-based companies realise an important creative ambition or deliver a key strategic development.

Exeter Northcott Theatre’s team will work closely with you to identify the support/resources you need, with all Associates being offered mentoring, specialist advice relating to their specific project, and some combination of: performance opportunities at the Northcott Theatre; audience engagement opportunities via our social media channels; support with researching/writing funding bids; and up to £1k cash as matched funding.

Support/resources available includes specialist advice around: project planning; rights/licensing; co-productions; budgeting; marketing; dramaturgy; creative learning; diversity & inclusion; business planning; and touring

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How to Get Involved

Applicants must be South West based and aged 18+ years.

You should already have a reasonable track record of professional work, but how much experience you have is less important than how exciting your ideas are – we’re keen to work with companies/collectives who have a clear sense of what they need/want to achieve next and how a relationship with the Northcott might help them do that.

As part of our commitment to addressing historic under-representation of certain groups within the arts, we positively welcome applications from people of African and Caribbean heritage, people of South Asian, East Asian and South East Asian Heritage, D/deaf and disabled people, LGBTQ+ people and those experiencing barriers due to their socio-economic background. We also guarantee to interview any suitably qualified d/Deaf and/or disabled applicants.

We are currently reviewing the Associate Programme in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Please feel free to get in touch with Helen Bovey for an informal chat about the programme,

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