Experience Opportunity


Springboard is our flagship training programme for theatre's future artists.

Applications are now open for Springboard, our FREE part-time training programme that aims to find, shape, inspire, champion and sustain the next generation of performers from underrepresented backgrounds.

This groundbreaking two-year programme is a major new performance pathway into employment designed specifically to support young people aged 18-25yrs who live in West London, have zero to little formal drama training and are currently underrepresented in theatre.

Each year, 10 new trainees will be enrolled in the two-year programme, benefitting from a bursary that will support them while they take part in a wide range of development initiatives including performances, workshops, masterclasses, artist development and opportunities both on and off the stage.

Trainees will receive hundreds of engagement opportunities over the two-year programme. They will learn from leading industry practitioners in masterclasses led by each Main House director in the Lyric’s 2022 and 2023 seasons, including: Michael Buffong, Atri Banerjee, Clare Lizzimore and Ola Ince for 2022; Lyric Artistic Associates Nina Steiger, Tinuke Craig, Tanika Gupta, Philip McMahon and Good Teeth; and the Lyric’s Associate Director Nicholai La Barrie and Artistic Director Rachel O’Riordan.

Please fill in the application form below by 10am, Friday 02 December, 2021.


- Applicants must be aged 18-25 from the programme start date (10 January 2022).

- Have zero to little little formal drama training.

- Live in one of the eligible West London boroughs – Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, Richmond upon Thames, Wandsworth and Westminster.

- The Lyric encourages applicants to apply who are from the Global Majority, not in education or training, who are non-binary, LGBTQIA+ and who are d/Deaf or disabled.