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 including text, movement and creativity in the Autumn term; and specialist skills such as puppetry, clown, commedia and mask across the Spring and Summer terms.

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

£10 per 3-hour weekly session. Subsidised places are available.

How to apply:

Open auditions to join the NORTH actor training for Autumn 2018 will be on Tue 4, Wed 5 & Thu 6 Sep. To register for auditions email Annie McCourt, Assistant Producer: [email protected]


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 returns to Northern Stage after it's sell-out opening run in September 2018.


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 2018 are now closed - applications will open again on Mon 14 Jan for our 2019 cohort.

Details of how to apply will be posted here in Autumn 2018.


North is supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation