Inspire: The Next Playwright Programme

Hampstead Theatre is driven by an ambition to challenge, influence and shape the future of British Theatre. The Next Playwright Programme is an opportunity for playwrights with new ideas, talent and energy to develop their craft under the mentorship of award-winning playwright Roy Williams. We are looking for innovative and lateral thinkers, dedicated to creating entertaining and original theatre.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The Next Playwrights will work with Roy Williams for one year to develop and complete a full length play. Beginning in September 2017, the playwrights will attend monthly group sessions with Roy and visiting practitioners, as well as one-on-one meetings. They will also be given the opportunity to submit drafts for feedback and to hold a reading of their work with professional actors at Hampstead Theatre. In September 2018, all drafts will be considered for presentation in our Downstairs studio, and the playwrights will meet with our Executive team to discuss their work. We will do our best to organise sessions around the schedules of our playwrights.

The playwrights will be invited to see all Main Stage and Downstairs shows at Hampstead Theatre for free, to attend rehearsals and production meetings, and to meet with and learn from the Hampstead Theatre teams.   

WHAT WILL IT COST?

The programme is completely free. We will also offer a bursary of £200 towards travel throughout the year.

WHO CAN APPLY?

No experience is necessary.
Anyone aged between 18 and 25 inclusive on 1 September 2017 is eligible to apply.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Applications for the programme have now closed. 

Inspire is kindly supported by Jon and NoraLee Sedmak