What we offer

Artist support

See our main artist support page for the type of things we can help with and how to get in touch.

Assembly (previously Open Office)

Theatre Bristol’s bi-monthly Assembly sessions are informal drop-in events for strangers, newbies and old faces we’ve not seen in a while; anyone who wants to come and meet us for introductions and new connections. Both Artist Support Associates and one of Theatre Bristol’s Executive Team will be all ears and on hand with tea, coffee, and questions.

Theatre Bristol’s Artist Support programme is built around getting to know one another. Our Assembly sessions are the best way to start that conversation in the first instance, rather than booking a formal meeting.

Our Assembly events are held at different venues around Bristol.

The next Assembly is on Monday 11th May online – find the details here

If you have any additional needs please get in touch on: info[at]theatrebristol[dot]net

TB Agents

At Theatre Bristol we want to shine a light on independent artists and producers who help lead and shape the future of the arts.

We know it can be hard for independents to attend conferences and events, and that industry gatherings are often only accessible to salaried staff. That’s why we offer help with tickets, travel or accommodation costs for ‘TB Agents’ – artists and producers who want to attend events to soak up new ideas, make contacts and represent the independent sector.

All we ask in return is that they find a way to share their experience and learning. This might be by live tweeting the event, writing a blog, making a podcast, or hosting a conversation.

Click here to find out more and how to apply

The TB Agents programme is being evaluated and we are not currently accepting proposals.

Action Learning

Action Learning uses peer learning to help explore and resolve real work issues. It gives people the chance to step outside the pressures of their professional role and to view it from a different perspective.

Theatre Bristol is working with qualified and experienced action learning facilitator Sarah Pym to provide practitioners from Bristol and the surrounding area with an opportunity to take part in a set at an affordable price.  We are currently supporting two sets of artists, producers and theatremakers of all stripes. These sets are currently closed, but if you are interested in future Action Learning opportunities please email [email protected]

Associate Producers

Independent producers are a vital part of the theatre ecology. Based on our own experiences as producers we know how valuable access to networks, knowledge and a space to ask stupid questions can be, so we started our Associate Producer placements.

Every 6 months we offer dedicated mentoring, desk space, and access to the TB hivemind to an independent producer. They can engage with as much or as little of the internal workings of TB as they want, from team meetings to strategy sessions.

Previous Associate Producers have included Kerrie AveryRuth HoldsworthLuke EmeryLina B FrankAlice Holland and Helen Edwards.

We are currently reviewing our Associate Producer role. If you’re interested in a future Associate Producer placement, email [email protected]

Useful resources

Our most used resource is the Unofficial Guide to Grants for the Arts, created by Simon Day for Theatre Bristol. It’s a great first port of call for anyone considering submitting an application to that programme – have a read of it before you start. NB: the guide is hosted on www.issuu.com. You can view and share below. To download the pdf. file you will need to create a (free) Issuu profile.

You can find other helpful resources for theatremakers here.