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Writer in Residence 2018-19 Live Theatre & Northumbria University

Live Theatre & Northumbria University Writer in Residence 2018-19

Live Theatre, a new writing theatre with an international reputation, which has just been nominated for its third Olivier Award for one of its plays, and Northumbria University, Newcastle; nominated for the prestigious University of the Year award in Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2017, are seeking to appoint an experienced playwright for a dynamic and exciting twelve-month residency, beginning in September 2018.

This residency programme, now in its third year, is a unique opportunity for a playwright with a proven track record of writing for theatre/performance to work across both organisations.

The residency programme will be flexible, based on the successful candidate’s other commitments, and aims to be tailored to the skills and interests of the successful applicant, however the scope of the programme will be structured around following activities and outcomes:

  • To work alongside Live Theatre’s creative team in the planning and delivery of creative programmes including active participation in the delivery of the theatre’s artist development programme. 
  • Research and develop an idea for a play that responds to Live Theatre’s mission and identity. It is envisaged that this may lead to a commissioning opportunity with Live Theatre outside of the scope of the residency.
  • Take a significant role in the creation of a new work developed with and performed by Northumbria University Newcastle Performing Arts students at Live Theatre, and contribute to the collaborative research culture of the University.

Contribute to the teaching and learning of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including the delivery and co-delivery of masterclasses in writing and associated theatre/performance disciplines. The resident writer will benefit from the following opportunities:

  • Access to space, support and resources at Live Theatre and Northumbria University. The partnership will co-host the residency, enabling the successful writer to engage with both organisations and take advantage of the access to research networks and resources (including the University library) and have support from academic, creative and professional staff at Live Theatre and Northumbria University.
  • Access to the wider creative, cultural and research networks at Live Theatre and Northumbria University

Residency Fee: £20,000

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Friday 20 April 2018
Interviews: Thursday 3 May 2018

Enquiries please email:

Application details: To apply for this residency, please email a CV and an expression of interest outlining how the residency would support your practice as a writer, and how you would approach the proposed residency activities and outcomes by email to with Writer in Residence in the subject title

Or send by post to:
Clare Overton
Live Theatre
Broad Chare
Newcastle upon Tyne

About Live Theatre

Live Theatre has an international reputation as a new writing theatre. As well as producing and presenting new plays, it seeks out and nurtures creative talent.

“One of the most fertile crucibles of new writing” The Guardian

A high proportion of Live Theatre’s work regularly tours to other venues across the UK and internationally, including to Broadway and the Melbourne Festival. Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, written by Lee Hall and co-produced with National Theatre of Scotland, won an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and has completed a West End run in 2017 and The Red Lion by Patrick Marber, starring Stephen Tompkinson, transferred to London in winter 2017 and has just been nominated for an Olivier Award 2018.

Live Theatre’s work with young people was recognised with an Outstanding Contribution Award at the North East Youth Work Awards and awarded Investors in Children status for its child-led approach.  It has the largest free drama education and participation programme in the region.

Live Theatre’s Mission has five interlinked elements:

  • Champion the writer by producing and presenting new plays
  • Use theatre to unlock the potential of young people
  • Find, nurture and train creative talent
  • Inspire, inform and engage audiences with world class work
  • Lead and demonstrate fresh thinking to sustainability and growth

The latter is an enabler of our work as we identify new ways to ensure our core artistic programme is financially resilient in the long term.

Live Theatre is British Theatre’s best kept secret. [It] has supported generation after generation of new writers, actors and theatre artists.” Lee Hall, Playwright

Located on Newcastle upon Tyne’s Quayside, theatre is based in a carefully restored complex of five Grade II listed buildings, combining state-of-the-art facilities in a unique historical setting with a flexible and welcoming theatre space, studio, rehearsal room and writers’ rooms.

Live Theatre draws on a broad portfolio of income streams and is recognised as a national leader in developing new strategies for increasing income and assets. These include The Schoolhouse, a hub for creative businesses; Live Garden, a beautiful outdoor performance space; Live Tales, a centre for children and young people’s creative writing; and Live Works, a commercial office building which has won architectural awards from RIBA and the Civic Trust.  Live Theatre receives a percentage of the income from award-winning gastro pub The Broad Chare and from Head of Steam, Quayside.

Live Theatre is funded by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation, and receives financial support from Newcastle City Council through the Newcastle Culture Investment Fund managed by the Community Foundation, and from other trusts and foundations, corporate partners and Friends. 

NPA (Northumbria Performing Arts)

NPA is a vibrant research rich learning and teaching community comprising a BA Drama with additional pathways in Applied Theatre, Script Writing and Acting and Performance plus a Masters in Theatre and Performance. Our community includes internationally recognised professional practitioners working within a vibrant research culture that combines traditional scholarship and Practice as Research. Our research embraces community theatre and theatre and disability; performance and philosophy; biographical and autobiographical performance; and ethnography.

NPA has collaborative relationships and formal partnerships with a range of organisations from the arts, cultural and social sectors which impacts on teaching, research and professional practice. We have a strong international profile and relationships through research and industry practice.

Northumbria University Newcastle

Northumbria University works in partnership with a range of outstanding cultural and creative organisations including BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Great North Run Culture, Live Theatre, New Writing North, Tyneside Cinema and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.

The cultural partnership approach helps us to create a thriving, stimulating community of artists, practitioners, students, and staff who collaborate to generate new ways of thinking and new creative practice. We have a long and deep history of working with arts and cultural organisations, collaborating to enrich our teaching and learning for students, enhance our research opportunities, and to find creative ways to engage with communities.


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