In Good Company thrilled to receive Arts Council funding for another two years

In Good Company, Derby Theatre’s professional artist development programme, is delighted to announce that they have received further funding from Arts Council England for the scheme to continue for another two years. The money comes from the Arts Council’s National Lottery funded Grants for the Arts programme. In Good Company is a professional development programme for artists making work in the East Midlands which aims to engage, ignite and inspire and is led by Derby Theatre’s Creative Producer, Ruby Glaskin. 

This flagship project, which has already supported hundreds of new theatre makers, companies and artists across the East Midlands, will now be able to expand its provision and support more artists to make new innovative work. 

In Good Company will now serve a wider geographic area, working with venues across the East Midlands, meaning artists can access more resources from a variety of different venues including: Derby Theatre (Lead Partner), Attenborough Arts Centre, the cluster of Mansfield arts venues, Create Theatre, Mansfield Old Library and Mansfield Palace; Lincolnshire One Venues and Burton Brewhouse. 

With news of the continued funding, an increase from the initial £99,950 to £116,000 from 2016 to 2018, In Good Company’s plans to expand and develop over the next two years include:

  • Supporting four new associate artists/companies over the course of two years with commissioning opportunities, producer support and access to rehearsal and production support.
  • National and international partnership opportunities
  • Commissioning opportunities
  • Access to a Strategic touring programme and support allowing artists to access more venues
  • DEparture Lounge and Check-in festivals: 2 trailblazing festivals which offer artists and audiences the chance to see the best work available.
  • Ongoing masterclasses and professional development opportunities for artists at all levels of their career.
  • Mentoring and 1-2-1 support for artists at all levels of their career.
  • Online professional networking forum
  • Paid scratch night opportunities and informal play readings at venues across the East Midlands. 

Ruby Glaskin (Creative Producer for In Good Company at Derby Theatre) said: “I am thrilled to be continuing the work of In Good Company. Since moving to the region 18 months ago, I have seen the theatrical landscape go from strength to strength, and I really believe that the East Midlands is a place where artists, at all stages in their career, can flourish. I’m excited to be working with new partner venues, expanding our geographical reach and allowing us to focus on audience and venue development as well as artists.’ 

Laura White (Relationship Manager, Theatre, Arts Council England) said: “We’re delighted to be investing in In Good Company’s plans to continue supporting local artists in the East Midlands. Through its development programme, In Good Company has already made a considerable impact in the region, nurturing emerging talent and bringing some of the most exciting new theatre being produced in the UK to Derby for people to enjoy at the DEparture Lounge Festival. It will be great to see what the artists being supported by In Good Company go on to produce next - we’re sure it will entertain, surprise and move us.” 

Exciting opportunity for Theatre Companies and Theatre Makers: Our Associate Artist Scheme will launch on Friday 22 July, to coincide with the Theatre’s DEvelop event at DEparture Lounge festival, where Creative Producer Ruby will explain more about the offer. On this day, all partner venues will also be present to speak about their own plans for supporting artists in the region. Ruby will be available for 1-2-1 consultations about the associate artist application process on this day, and to book a ticket for DEvelop: The Future of Theatre email Ruby Glaskin at r.glaskin@derby.ac.uk to reserve a session. 

Applications will be open to all artists/companies working/living in the East Midlands with interviews and selections taking place in September 2016.

Click here for more information on how to apply