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Mentoring & Training

Holly Gallagher’s Tensile Strength

We’ve just announced our BOOST 2019 mentees! Get to know them here, and join our mailing list to be the first to hear about next year’s opportunities. 

BOOST gives artists/companies making contemporary theatre or live art the time to experiment, reflect and develop their ideas and work.

Between 2015 - 2019 the Third Angel Mentoring Scheme supported the following artists and projects:

You can read a reflection on mentoring Jake Bowen’s Plea Bargain here.

BOOST is made possible by our funding as an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, and the support of Sheffield Theatres.

Please help us do more, for more people, and donate today to support our work! 

“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 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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