About In Good Company
In Good Company is the flagship professional creative and business development programme for theatre makers and companies in the Midlands, providing mentorship, business support, resources and high-profile performance opportunities. In Good Company has transformed how artists and venues communicate and co-create exciting new performance platforms, commissions and touring networks.
In Good Company is committed to supporting artists to make work and recognises the importance of paying them to do this. Throughout the three-year programme, £146,000 will be given directly to artists through the commissions, performance fees, seed funding and paid scratch nights.
"What marks out In Good Company is that Derby began by asking artists what it was they wanted and needed rather than simply telling them what they had planned for them, and the scheme continues to consult"
Lyn Gardner, Critic
(L-R - Matt Trueman, Natalia Ibu and Kwame Kwei-Armah at The Future of Arts Leadership Debate - Departure Lounge 2018. Photo by Chris Webb)
In Good Company partners include: Derby Theatre, Attenborough Arts Centre, Burton Brewhouse, Lincolnshire One Venues, Mansfield Old Library, Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton, Nonsuch in Nottingham; Curve, Leicester, Nottingham Playhouse and New Diorama in London.
All the arts organisations are committed to the development of artists and, with strong links to educational institutions, they're perfectly placed to nurture and nourish emerging artists as they establish themselves as artists of the future. The programme enagages, inspires and ignites a family of regional artists. There are a range of opportunities for Midlands artists including; performance platforms, workshops, commissions, festivals, meet-ups, pitching sessions and bespoke mentoring.
In Good Company is led by a team of independent producers who are actively working within the industry to produce and tour new work. They are:
Ben Anderson - Creative Producer
Sophie Hack - Administrator
Edward Jones - Big House Officer
In Good Company is committed to increasing opportunities and support for all. We recognise the need within ‘all’ to be diverse and representative of the world we live in today. Therefore all includes (but is not exclusive of):
- People of colour
- People from non-British backgrounds
- Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Queer people
- Gender diverse people
- People from working class backgrounds
- D/deaf and Disabled people (including hidden disabilities)
In Good Company recognises that for some people lack of experience or knowledge can be a barrier to engagement, and we welcome all questions with regards to any opportunity we offer and will provide bespoke support to all who need it.
Get In Touch
The Artists' Network is a digital and physical collection of artists. It is open access - it brings together the “I”s to make a “we”, it turns acquaintances into friends and competition into collaborators. We send a bi-weekly e-newsletter and your one-stop-shop for all artist development opportunities across the region. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join. As a local artist who is a member of the artist network you are welcome to request a 1-2-1 mentoring session with one of our programme producers.