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National Theatre Wales
Throughout the year

Creative Development

National Theatre Wales has and always will be, about creative conversations, developing talent and supporting artists to make brilliant new productions.

We believe we have a dual responsibility; to nurture the next generation of creative talent, while at the same time working with more established artists to help them expand their practice, contributing to a thriving, ambitious and vibrant creative arts sector across Wales.

Creative Development is a new approach that will bring together the company’s own research and development projects alongside the work we do to support independent artists and makers. We hope that by doing so we’ll create more opportunities for artists to work with each other, make discoveries and develop new work across the country.

We want to create a world-leading model for the support and development of artists and new work through the use of networks, peer support, mentoring, bespoke opportunities for exploration and learning, curation, and critical feedback.

Get involved!
There are six strands to our Creative Development programme, most of which involve a simple application or ideas submission process.

You'll find further information below about all six of the Creative Development strands and if you're not sure which one is right for you, just get in touch to ask.

Emerging Producers & Directors

Emerging Producers

Who is it for?
This is an opportunity for producers with limited professional experience to develop their producing skills  working in the role of producer to support the Creative Development programme

How does it work?
Two Emerging Producers will be selected each year to work on a range of projects, all with a focus on supporting process-led development of new work. This will include Located Residencies and Professional Development Labs.

The Emerging Producers will be supported by NTW to increase their knowledge, skills and contacts, while establishing enduring links with a dynamic pool of independent artists.

The artists they work with will benefit by receiving one-to-one support, helping them to consider further opportunities for development, production or touring of their work, plus possible funding avenues. This work will also benefit the wider sector contributing to the number of producers working in Wales

How do I find out more?
(The closing date for this opportunity has now passed)


NTW’s Emerging Producers programme is supported by:
Jerwood Charitable Foundation


Emerging Directors

Who is it for?
For those who have little or no previous professional directing experience, but who are keen to give it a try.

How does it work?
The Emerging Director position is an opportunity for artists interested in working closely with more experienced lead artists/ directors, gaining close-up experience of their practice and inside knowledge of the creative processes that go into making one of our main productions. This role is a key component of the creative team of any NTW production and requires attendance during rehearsals, production week and performances.

How do I find out more?
(The closing date for this opportunity has now passed)

Professional Development Labs

Who are they for?

Emerging to mid-career artists from various backgrounds, looking to spend time exchanging practice.

What are they?

We know that artists find it hard to find the time to get together, share ideas, practice and process. Professional Development Labs give you and artists you want to work with the opportunity to design your own performance laboratory that enables exchange.

Having carried out extensive consultation, we know that artists are looking for different ways to be supported to get together and share physical space, ways of working, ideas, skills and experiences. This is particularly important for more rural (and potentially more isolated) individuals, who until now have relied on informal networks to stay connected. We want to hear from creatives from various artistic backgrounds who want to conceive, apply for and deliver an intensive development period based on their needs.

We’ll be looking to support proposals for innovative ways to share skills, ideas and/or process more broadly in formats that allow artists to get away from their everyday.

How do I find out more?
(The closing date for this opportunity has now passed)

Located Residencies

Who are they for?

Emerging and mid-career artists and companies.


What are they?

Located Residencies are unique opportunities to spend research and development time looking at new ideas for performance ,that are embedded in a location or community. This is an opportunity to conceive your own residency where you can push your artistic practice, whilst exploring the unique features that make up the nation.  

We are particularly interested in hearing from artists who want to explore ideas in North East Wales, West Wales or who come from underrepresented groups such as BAME and those individuals with additional needs.


NTW’s Located Residencies are supported by:


How do I find out more?
(The closing date for this opportunity has now passed)


Who is it for?

Artists in Wales

What is it?

Huddles is an opportunity for independent artists in Wales to come together with each other, with artists from further afield, with partner organisations and with staff from NTW; for peer-to-peer exchange and to gain insights and knowledge into the ways others make work.

NTW will run four Huddles in partnership with key artist networks or arts organisations for artists living and working across Wales.

Each one will be different and could take the shape of presentations or talks, a seminars, practical workshops, ideas surgeries etc.

If you are an artist with ideas of what you’d like us to focus a Huddle around, get in touch now.

For further details, contact:

Gwenfair Hawkins

Creative Development Assistant / Cynorthwyydd Datblygu Creadigol


NTW Camps

Who is it for?

NTW Camps is for the adventurous, generous and collaborative.

It’s for artists who want to try something new with other artists, often from other disciplines e.g theatre, choreography, writing, live art, installation, design and digital

What are they?

NTW Camps are intensive, residencies designed and curated by NTW that bring together diverse people with different levels of experience, from a range of artistic and cultural backgrounds, including international participants. 

Participants will be given the opportunity and freedom to explore ideas and experiment, with a focus on the creation of new ideas for performance and unexpected collaborations.

Each year, the focus and location of the residency will be different. 

How do I find out more?

You’ll need to wait a little bit for this one. In the meantime, have a look at the last Camp we organised. ‘Artists’ Playground’ in South Korea 

Commissioning & R&D

And that’s not all…

Creative Development at NTW also includes the development of new work through Commissioning and Research and Development towards our own programme

NTW remains committed to commissioning new work. The company will continue to work with and support writers by providing a network of experienced dramaturgs to help them develop their work and new writing in Wales.

If you’re a writer with a script to share, check the Your Work page of our website to find out how to share it with us.

Research & Development:
This support will be provided on a case-by-case basis to artists that NTW has an interest in working with in the future.

For more information about any aspect of Creative Development at NTW, please contact:

Simon Coates
Head of Creative Development
+44 (0)29 2035 3070
+44 (0)75 4591 5185

The Creative Development programme is supported by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation