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Become a New Associate and take part in a year-long professional development programme
We are accepting applications for the next round of our highly successful New Associates Programme 2022. Become part of a group of early career artists from the East Midlands to join New Perspectives from March 2022 to develop your career and practise through close association with our award-winning touring theatre company at our Nottingham base.  

This opportunity is open to all artists and practitioners working in theatre and live performance, based or working in the East Midlands region. Previous New Associates have included theatre makers, directors, actors, writers, spoken word artists, dancers and artists who work between disciplines. Over the course the programme, you will work closely with the New Perspectives team to develop your work, learn from our skills and gain valuable insights into our leadership and governance. You will become part of the company's extended family, involved with our work as it develops and playing your own part in our future. 
Opportunities made available to you over the year include:      
- attendance at masterclasses, skills sessions and professional development opportunities
- invitations to company rehearsals, readings, workshops and participatory events 
- tailored support on a particular project or skill-set including, where appropriate, rehearsal space, mentoring, dramaturgical support, marketing, funding and touring advice
- access to staff and board expertise and networks
- opportunities to observe board meetings, and take part in planning sessions to act as a sounding board for new ideas
- possibilities to collaborate with other New Associates as creative peers
A flexible programme
The shape of the programme will vary depending on the requirement of each artist. Our aim, through a blend of in person and online sessions, is to offer the specific support you need to take a crucial next step. If you have any queries before applying,  please contact our Participation Director Jayne Williams on
To download the New Associates Application and Equal Opportunities form please click here

To apply, please complete and return the Application and Equal Opportunities form and send,  with New Associates in the subject field, to or by post to NEW ASSOCIATES New Perspectives Theatre Company, 8 Park Lane Business Centre, Basford, Nottingham, NG6 0DW by midday on Monday 31 January 2022. 

The New Associates programme is a training opportunity. All opportunities throughout the year are offered to our artists free of charge.  If you have any barriers to taking part in this opportunity, financial or otherwise, please feel free to discuss them with us at application stage. 
'The New Associates programme opened my eyes to the possibilities of theatre,
and really spurred me to get creative with my writing.'
Leanne Moden, New Associate 2020/21

'We had inspiring workshops with a range of artists and creatives,
were given continuous personal guidance on funding, as well as
making a group of friends and collaborators for life.'
Elizabeth Twells, New Associate 2020/21

'My time as a New Associate helped connect me
with an eclectic and contemporary roster of Midlands artists,
as well as giving the opportunity to peek behind the curtain of one of
the most exciting and intriguing company's going on in the Midlands today'.
Ryan Leder, New Associate 2019/20
'Being part of the New Associates scheme has been a great experience and
a complete boost to my creativity.' 
Christina Tsoutsi, New Associate 2019/20

2019 New Associates behind the scenes on artist-led showcase PROTOTYPE 2020


New Perspectives is an East Midlands' based touring theatre company, specialising in bringing new work to rural and community audiences. Through an annual programme of original adaptations, rare revivals and new writing, we aim to bring live theatre that is diverse, affordable and accessible into the heart of wide-ranging communities, as well as to regional, national and international venues.  
Our productions are testament to the fact that rural theatre is as relevant, challenging and vital as theatre made for any other environment. Our participatory projects, career defining training and mentoring opportunities for emerging regional talent and rural touring scheme Northants Touring Arts makes tangible difference to people where they live.

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