Every year, we select emerging theatre artists/companies to be our Associate Artists, benefiting from exclusive opportunities and support such as mentoring and development time and space at Live Theatre.
Associate Artists are chosen from the North East’s rich pool of theatre makers, artists and companies.
For 2018/19, our Associate Artists are Jamie Morren, Henry Lawrence, Tamsin Daisy Rees and Olivia Hannah (pictured L-R). All four artists have previously worked with Live Theatre on various projects such as 10 Minutes To... and writing courses and we are delighted to be working with them on their next stage of their playwriting journey.
We'll keep you posted on the exciting projects that they will be involved with over the next 12 months.
Previous Associate Artists include Nina Berry, whose debut play The Terminal Velocity of Snowflakes received five stars in The Guardian, Plain Paper Theatre company, director Anna Ryder, performance poets Rowan McCabe, Matt Miller and Matilda Neill, I, Daniel Blake actor Kema Sikazwe and Theatre Company, The Six Twenty.
Jamie has written four short plays as part of Live Theatre’s Ten Minutes To… including Teddy Bears, John Johnson and the Liberal Luddite, Winner Stays On and Supernova. He has also had a short play included in Christmas Adventures at Live Theatre, called Bringing Home the Bacon. Outside of Live Theatre, he has written a response play for Alphabetti Theatre called Deliver Us, and a fifteen minute play for Alphabetti Soup, called Pollice et Digitos.
Relatively new to playwriting, Henry has been involved in Live Theatre's 10 Minutes To... projects. Two of his plays Kings and Queens and Sophie were performed last year in 10 Minutes To... Shine Bright and 10 Minutes To...Reach Inside.
Tamsin Daisy Rees
Tamsin has had two short plays, Fingerwank and Burnt Flapjack performed at Live Theatre in May and September 2017. Fingerwank was also selected out of 1,273 submissions for PintSized November Shows 2017 at Bunker Theatre, London. As part of this Tamsin is currently being mentored by Simon Stephens. A member of the first Royal Court Writers Group (North) 17/18 in association with New Writing North and Northern Stage, Tamsin has also been accepted for a NEADN residency as a member of a small, young female theatre company.
Olivia Hannah is a Newcastle-based translator and writer. In 2017, she took part in a Live Theatre's playwriting weekend and later had a short play, Endless Summer, performed as part of a 10 Minutes To… new writing showcase. She is a member of the first Royal Court Writers Development Group (North), run jointly by Royal Court Theatre, Northern Stage, and New Writing North. She is currently working on her first full-length play.