NORTH is a three-strand training programme to help support the development of North East-based performers and theatre companies. It is comprised of:

  • Actor Training: sessions to develop and improve performance skills
  • Small Scale Touring: each year Northern Stage will present and tour a small scale production performed by local, emerging actors
  • Company Development: a 12-month programme of support to help create a step change in the development of independent theatre companies/theatre makers

Please note: Applicants to our NORTH programme must be aged 20+ at the time the courses begin. For younger creatives, we provide opportunities through our Young Company and Open Stages courses.

Actor Training

Are you training to be an actor or have you finished training and want to top up your skills?

Whether you want to enhance your current skills, learn new ones or gain valuable insight into the world of professional theatre, NORTH Actor Training is for you.

Throughout the year, Northern Stage will run courses in professional performance training, giving you the opportunity to boost essential skills.

Each course is for a maximum of 15 participants, and you can apply for more than one course.

Actor’s Toolkit

Give your career a kick-start with our training course on the essential off-stage skills for performers. A ten-week course covering everything from audition techniques to how to organise your tax bill. Topics covered include: 

  • Audition techniques and CV surgery with Northern Stage’s Associate Director Mark Calvert & the Associate Director of Hades Town Maria Crocker
  • How to create a high quality self-tape and get hints and tips on live stream auditions from casting director Sam Claypole
  • Filling in your tax return with Northern Stage’s Finance Team
  • Advice session on how to create a high quality show reel for your Spotlight page or website
  • Headshot photography session (you’ll get a professional headshot to take away with you) with photographer Mark Savage
  • Preparing a song for auditions with Jenni Evans


Course dates: every Wednesday evening from 2 Oct - 11 Dec 2019

Application deadline: Mon 9 Sept 5pm

Audition date: 6pm-9pm on Mon 16, Wed 18 or Thu 19th Sep

Fees: £100 for 10 weeks - bursary places available


Acting for Audio

Work over 10 weeks with regional based, industry leading audio company Natural Sounding Voices to develop your skills in acting for audio drama and audio narration. This is an ever expanding industry in which you can use transferable skills to increase your portfolio to create more opportunities for your career. You’ll also learn how to create your own home studio and edit audio for podcasting and games voice overs. Below is the breakdown of the course: 

  • The voice over industry - unlocking your talent and overview of current trends
  • Finding your niche, marketing and branding.
  • Home Studio Set Up
  • Editing Audio
  • Audio Books, Audio Drama and Gaming
  • E-Learning, Corporate and Documentary
  • How to get work in the VO Industry
  • The value of your talents (how to price jobs) / Equity Know your rights
  • Vocal Coaching and Director’s Notes
  • Looking after your vocal and mental health and workshop


Course dates: Every Thursday evening from 3 Oct - 12 Dec 2019

Application deadline: Mon 9 Sep 5pm

Audition date: 6pm - 9pm on Mon 16, Wed 18 or Thu 19 Sep

Fees: £100 for 10 weeks - bursary places available


To apply please fill in the application form below and email to Annie McCourt by 5pm on Mon 9 Sep [email protected] 


We are committed to making all areas of our work as accessible as possible, as such if you would like any of the above information in an alternative format then please let us know. If you are interested in applying and would like to do this either on the phone or via a face-to face meeting then please get in touch directly

Company Development

North East-based theatre companies or individual theatre-makers in the process of making a new piece of work are invited to apply to become a NORTH supported company. Companies/Artists will receive:

  • One-week R&D time in our Byker rehearsal space (does not include tech support)
  • One day with our Associate Director, Mark Calvert, to support your R&D. This can be split into a half day supporting preparations for your R&D and half a day during your R&D week.
  • Six essential skills workshops throughout the year covering: Finance, Fundraising, Marketing, Producing, Participation and Technical Theatre.
  • Four additional hours with a member of Northern Stage staff to support you in a particular area as identified by you (e.g. two additional hours with the Producing team to look over a G4A application and two additional hours with Finance to look over budgets)

How to apply to be a NORTH supported company:

Applications to join the NORTH supported company scheme for 2019 are now closed.

Small-scale Touring

Each year, Northern Stage will produce a small scale touring production, featuring emerging North East actors.

Our first small scale NORTH tour was a new version of H.G. Wells’ The War of The Worlds in Spring 2018, adapted by Laura Lindow and directed by Elayce Ismail. 

The War of The Worlds returned to Northern Stage after it's sell-out opening run in September 2018.

In Autumn 2019 Northern Stage presents Sherlock Holmes’ most infamous case The Hound Of The Baskervilles, adapted from Arthur Conan Doyle’s gothic classic adapted by Douglas Maxwell and directed by Jake Smith.

North is supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation