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Creative Learning

Mentoring & Training

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The Third Angel Mentoring Scheme 2018-19 is now taking place. We will be opening for applications again in the summer for the forthcoming year. To make sure you don’t miss out, join our Mailing List

TAMS gives artists/companies making contemporary theatre or live art the time to experiment, reflect and develop their ideas and work. The scheme offers two strands:

Option A: Artistic Mentoring
> A week’s rehearsal & mentoring space at Sheffield Theatres, in The Crucible or Lyceum Theatre rehearsal rooms, in autumn 2018 and spring 2019.
> 30 hours of support from one, or a combination of, Third Angel Artistic Directors Alexander Kelly and Rachael Walton and Executive Producer Hilary Foster.
> A fee of £450.

Option B: Producing Your Own Work 
Every year we are inundated with questions about how to apply for funding, financial management, tour booking, marketing and much more. So for 2018 we are also offering artists/companies two free one-day workshops (one for those at the very beginning of their careers, one for those with a little more experience) with Third Angel’s Executive Producer Hilary Foster, offering group and one to one management and development mentoring.

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 grant funding before. We welcome responses to the application form in alternative submission forms such as video, audio and handwritten letter.


Mentored artists for 2015/16/17 were theatre makers and directors:

TAMS is made possible by our funding as an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, and the support of Sheffield Theatres. The scheme will run again in 2019.

“I think the artistic mentorship and holistic approach is a rare thing to find, the support and facilities were definitely at a standard which we have not come across previously. We had a fantastic week and really appreciate Third Angel working with a company of our size and working so hard to help bring such a company to Sheffield. We are eternally grateful and wish to keep in touch for years to come!” Chris Yarnell, The Outbound Project

“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 Molly Naylor, Action Hero, Faye Draper, Michael Pinchbeck, 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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