Make new connections, brush up on your skills and get practical advice on developing your career.

TUE 4 - SAT 8 JUN 2019

Led by artists and industry professionals from across the performing arts sector and beyond, join us for a jam-packed week of industry focused talks, workshops and professional development sessions.

NORTH Festival is for artists, theatre-makers and producers both early-career and more established, focusing on making the performing arts work for you.

NORTH Festival line-up includes:

  • Royal Shakespeare Company 
  • The National Theatre
  • Janet Plater Management
  • Equity
  • Independent Theatre Council
  • Jenkins McShane Casting
  • The BFI
  • Regional Theatre Young Director’s Scheme
  • Sam Claypole Casting
  • Arts Council England
  • The MoCap Vaults
  • Audible
  • Battersea Arts Centre
  • Unfolding Theatre
  • Northern Stage

Plus, additional events still to be announced.


All events are Pay What You Decide*.

You need to book yourself a place (either online or by calling box office) and then at the end of the session you will have the opportunity to make a donation of what you decide you want to, or can afford to pay. There is no obligation to pay anything.

We recommend booking early as capacities are limited.

*The only exception is the MoCap Vaults session on Saturday 8 June. Tickets are £20 but a day course like this would normally cost over £100.

Book for NORTH Festival sessions online here

“NORTH Festival is all about opening doors and creating opportunities. The sessions all have a focus on practical advice to help your career in the arts, hosted by some truly brilliant and generous companies from the North East and across the rest of UK. But beyond the learning and skills developed during the sessions the festival is just as much about making new connections, meeting people, discovering new opportunities and inspiring your next project. I can’t wait for it to get started!”

Mark Calvert, Northern Stage’s Creative Associate and NORTH Festival Curator


Tue 4 Jun

  • Audio Drama Actors Workshop: Audible

Wed 5 Jun

  • The Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Performing Arts Company: ITC
  • Funding Opportunities available from Arts Council England
  • 1 to 1 sessions with Arts Council Theatre Relationship Manager Gez Casey
  • How we Work with artists - In conversation with three London based organisations
  • Developing Your Creative Practice: Arts Council England
  • The Role of the Agent and Starting Work as an Actor: Janet Plater Management
  • What Are We Going to Do About Theatre and the Performing Arts in the North East: Unfolding Theatre and friends

Thu 6 Jun

  • Artist Development Opportunities: National Theatre
  • Writing and Devising, A Story Based Approach: National Theatre Studio
  • Introduction to the BFI Network
  • Opportunities in Technical Theatre
  • An Insight into the Casting Process: Jenkins McShane Casting
  • Producing  A Festival: Panel Discussion
  • Northern Stage Open Auditions 
  • Inclusive Theatre Practice: Mind the Gap
  • JMK - Meet the Artistic Directors

Fri 7 Jun

  • Getting It Right, Avoiding the Pitfalls of Working in Entertainment: Equity
  • Casting Workshop: Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Film and Commercial TV casting workshop: Sam Claypole Casting
  • It's Hard: Regional Theatre Young Director's Scheme & Young Vic

Sat 8 Jun

  • Introduction to Acting for Motion Capture: The MoCap Vaults

Plan your sessions and avoid clashes by downloading the NORTH Festival diary

Book for NORTH Festival sessions online here