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Creative Learning

Mentoring & Training

Action Hero’s Slap Talk

We are very excited to announce that the Third Angel Mentoring Scheme 2017 is now open for applications:

Giving artists/companies making contemporary theatre or live art the time to experiment, reflect and develop their ideas and work, we can offer up to four artists/companies a year:

·       Five days of support from one, or a combination of, Third Angel Artistic Directors Alexander Kelly and Rachael Walton, Executive Producer Hilary Foster and General Manager Rhiannon Jones.

·       A fee of £450

·       A week’s rehearsal & mentoring space at Sheffield Theatres (if appropriate).

We have also added a new producing strand to our mentoring. Every year we are inundated with questions about how to apply for funding and financial management, tour booking, marketing and much more.

So for 2017 we are also offering artists/companies a FREE two-day course with Third Angel’s Executive Producer Hilary Foster offering business and careers advice.

If you need any more information or support, call us on 0114 201 3876.

To apply please download the Application and Equal Opportunities Forms (click here).

We actively encourage applications from artists/companies who identify as coming from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background, who identify as disabled, who feel their practice is restricted by a low income or who have never received funding before.

Closing date for applications is 5.00pm Friday 28th July 2017.

All applicants will be notified of the result of their application.

This scheme will run again in 2018.

Mentored artists for 2015 & 2016 are theatre makers and directors:

“It was such an inspiring week. I feel so honoured to be on the list of artists selected for the TAMS in 2016. Under the guidance, support and expertise of the team I was able to spend dedicated time crafting out a play which I am really excited about sharing with the world. I hope to continue my relationship with Third Angel, because this scheme has really shaped my practice as an artist.” Yolanda Mercy

“Inspiring, motivating, empowering: these are the words I have to describe working with Third Angel as their mentee for the week this October. I spent time with Alex, Rachael and Hilary which enabled me to focus on my strategic as well as artistic development. I have been making theatre for two years and although my debut show was a success I have struggled in my confidence to identify as an artist making work. Alex, Rachael and Hilary created an environment of generosity, encouragement and trust which left me feeling valued and full of possibilities. Since our week together I have been the most proactive I have ever been, that has brought about, currently, only brilliant outcomes. TAMS is  unique because it is a truly a bespoke learning opportunity for each mentee. It is a rare privilege to be paid to learn, especially when you get to decide what your learning is. In this current political and economic climate we need as many spaces of nurture and exploration possible. An arts culture without schemes like TAMS is one with less hope.” Luca Rutherford

Outside of the TAMS scheme outlined above, we offer a range of other mentoring support, for both emerging and mid-career artists. We work with artists from half a day’s trouble shooting to a week or more of creative mentoring to ongoing career-planning relationships. Read on for specific examples. We have a sliding scale of fees depending on how well funded the company, artist or project is. If you think we can help you with your project, please get in touch.

For over 12 years we have mentored young and established artists and companies, including Action Hero, Faye Draper (pictured at the top of the page), Hannah Nicklin, RashDash, Daniel Bye, Claire Hind, Flickbook Theatre, The Other Way Works and Unfolding Theatre, to name but a few. 

As with all our creative learning work, the mentoring we offer is bespoke, responding to the particular needs of the artist/company, and the specifics of the project.

This approach means that mentoring can be career advice, conversation, full and part time collaboration, directing, designing, running devising workshops, feedback sessions, production support – whatever the artists/project needs at the time. Often we are able to offer workshop and rehearsal space with our partners in Sheffield Theatres, or help artists begin conversations with other supportive venues such as Theatre Delicatessen, ARC in Stockton and Bradford’s Theatre in the Mill.

We run practical training courses for graduates and artists from a range of backgrounds that introduce and develop our ways of working, but that also remain responsive to the needs and interests of the participants.

Click here for Case Studies of artists and projects we have mentored.

The selection of our mentoring and training projects gives an idea of the range of ways we work with other artists. If you think we might be able to help you and your process, then please do get in touch.

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