Talent Development

Talent Development

The Belgrade Theatre is committed to proving a range of opportunities to develop the theatre talent of the future. These range from creative writing courses, to Trainee Assistant Director posts, to Apprenticeships.

We post information about these programmes here on our website and on social media, so make sure you’re following us on Facebook and Twitter

Below are some of the most recent projects and initiatives that we have delivered or been involved with, as part of our commitment to talent development.

Springboard Initiative

In 2015 the Belgrade Theatre established its Springboard initiative, to support early stage artists and companies to develop to the next chapter of their careers. Through Springboard we provide training opportunities, such as paid Trainee Assistant Director posts; as well as office space, mentoring, communications and fundraising support to our Springboard Companies in the delivery of their productions and events.

Critical Mass

Critical Mass is a free 10 week playwriting programme run at the Belgrade Theatre for writers aged 18+ from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. Previous participants have gone on to have their plays work-shopped or performed as a rehearsed reading with professional actors. Spring 2016 saw the first full professional production coming from the programme when Red Snapper by Liz Mytton was produced at the Belgrade Theatre. Please note that applications are now closed following completion of the 2016 programme.

Write to Play

Write to Play is an exciting new initiative from Graeae Theatre Company to cultivate and promote Deaf and disabled writers. We are very pleased to be helping to redress the balance in terms of representation of Deaf and disabled writers, and are particularly happy to be working with Graeae, a company that puts this at the centre of all of the work they do, and works to overcome any obstacles that Deaf and disabled writers face when creating theatre. Please note that applications are now closed for this years playwriting programme.

Belgrade Schools

We believe that an interest in a career in the arts can start from an early age, and we have a range or resources and workshops available. To find out more about and engage with the theatre’s work, to make a booking or to request a bespoke session contact Claire Procter, Education Officer on

Youth Theatre

The Belgrade Theatre has a strong history of Youth Theatre, with the first groups being set up by the Theatre in Education Company as part of their service for young people in the 1960s. Participants have the opportunity to develop skills in theatre techniques, including acting, singing, dancing, writing and directing.


Apprenticeships at the Belgrade Theatre offer a unique opportunity to gain a wide range of transferrable skills which can be used in later employment, as well as a greater understanding of the theatre industry. Belgrade Apprenticeships offer vocational training as an alternative route into the creative industries. They are based on ability and potential rather than qualifications, social background or who you know. They aim to break the vicious cycle of ‘no experience equals no job’, as well as broadening the social background of the Arts Workforce, which is one of the reasons our Apprenticeship is aimed at non-graduates.

Organisations or individuals wishing to get involved in The Belgrade’s Artist Development work should contact us on 024 7684 6741 or