The Yard’s Live Lab will support six artists from a wide range of performance practices to develop as directors, strengthen their artistic style, and work on a new idea for a show over four months, with financial support. The programme is dedicated to the memory of the late Howard Davies CBE.
The programme kicks off with 3 weeks of teaching from world-renowned director Katie Mitchell, followed by weekly masterclasses from some of the UK’s most brilliant theatre practitioners, leaders and artists including Bijan Sheibani, Natalie Ibu, Nickie Miles-Wildin, Omar Elerian, Rachael Young, Richard Eyre, Tarik Elmoutawakil and The Yard’s Artistic Director, Jay Miller with more to be announced. In addition, artists will receive one on one mentorship and support from The Yard’s Associate Directors Anthony Simpson-Pike and Cheryl Gallacher and The Yard team including producers, the technical team, and The Yard’s Artistic Director.
Each artist will receive a bursary of £1200 to support them taking part in the programme. They will also receive a £500 fee for a week of research and development in April, alongside free rehearsal space, a budget of £1000 for collaborators, and the opportunity to share their ideas on The Yard’s stage.
6 Artists will be chosen to take part in the Lab. At least 3 places will be offered to artists who are of Black African, African Caribbean, South Asian, East Asian, South East Asian, South West Asian, North African, Arab, or Latinx heritage, or any artists from communities who are marginalised for their race. At least 1 will be offered to an artist who is d/Deaf or disabled.