Artist Support

Artist Support Associates illustration - Dave BainWhat is Theatre Bristol’s artist support?

Theatre Bristol’s team of professional theatre artists offers one-to-one support that’s totally bespoke and completely free.

Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve got years of experience, our highly knowledgeable, practicing industry professionals can offer advice and support that responds to where you are and what you need right now. Whether you want a one-off meeting or a longer-term series of sessions, Theatre Bristol can help.

We can help with things like:

  • Getting your work out there
  • Mentoring and support in difficult times
  • Finding new networks and collaborators
  • Nailing budgets and funding applications
  • Creating clear and compelling artistic ideas
  • Providing an outside eye and critical feedback
  • Long term planning and strategic development
  • Writing about your work and presenting it online
  • Addressing problems you’re facing in the theatre industry
  • Finding strategies to make your practice more sustainable

Theatre Bristol’s artist support goes beyond what happens in a rehearsal room. We believe in supporting the lives and livelihoods of creative communities, so drop us a line at  and we’ll work out the best way to help.

Who is it for?

The Artist Support Programme is an open programme for artists, producers and other arts professionals based in Bristol or making work in Bristol.

How do I get support?

  • Have you been to one of our Open Office events?
  • Has anyone at Theatre Bristol seen your work live recently?
  • Have you had an Artist Support meeting with Theatre Bristol in the last year or so?

If the answer to most of these questions is ‘no’, drop in and say hello at our next Open Office.

If the answer to most of the above questions is ‘yes’, send an email introducing yourself to one of our Artist Support Associates at  to request a meeting (make sure you include a contact phone number).

Who provides it?

Practicing theatre makers working partly as mentors, partly as consultants, from sounding-boards one minute to creative counsellors the next, the Artist Support Associates are here to help you do what you want to do. They work with Theatre Bristol approximately one day per week around their continuing artistic practice.

From March 2018 Theatre Bristol’s Artist Support Associates are Karla ShacklockElla Good and Caroline Williams. Previous Artist Support Associates include Gemma Paintin (2016-2018), Emma Williams (2017-18), Laura Dannequin (2016-17), Lucinka Eisler and Jo Bannon (2015-16) and Simon Day (2013-15).

If you would like to contact all our current Artist Support Associates, you can do so by emailing . Whoever is available first will contact you. Please be aware that they all work part time, so please be patient waiting for a response. If it is your first communication with Theatre Bristol,  we’d recommend you come to meet our Artist Support Associates at an upcoming Open Office.

View our Artist Support Privacy Policy.

Producers and producing

We also offer 6-month placements for Associate Producers, where independent producers receive desk space, dedicated mentoring and access to the TB hivemind. They can engage with as much or as little of the internal workings of TB as they want, from team meetings to strategy sessions. Our aim is to provide them with a short-cut to knowledge and networks, and to combat some of the isolation that independent workers often experience.

We’re currently reviewing our Associate Producer role. If you’re interested in a future Associate Producer placement, please email