Help CPT make it happen!
Tuesday 5 December 2017
Careers, education & training - Fundraising - London Fringe
Camden People's Theatre launches its first ever Crowdfunder, asking you to help them ensure artists from diverse backgrounds are presented on British stages ...
Camden People's Theatre (CPT) is a central London studio theatre dedicated to supporting emerging artists making contemporary theatre about the issues that matter to people right now.
It stages more than 450+ performances a year at its home in West Euston, and works closely with artists at the start of their career to help them realise their ambitions.
Over the years CPT has supported amazing artists like Chris Goode, Scottee, Beats and Elements, Sh!t Theatre, Milk Presents, Highrise, Barrel Organ, Jamal Harewood and many more.
In 2018, the venue plans to extend its associate artist scheme, with a new programme specifically working with artists from underrepresented backgrounds, and needs YOUR HELP to make it happen.
About the scheme
CPT wants to support three theatre companies - and maybe more - from underrepresented backgrounds through its associate artist scheme in 2018.
'Underrepresented backgrounds' means those from groups we currently don't see and hear enough of on British stages: that might be in terms of ethnicity, disability, socioeconomic background or gender identity.
Your generous support will be vital in enabling CPT to support each artist or company with:
- a £2000 commission to enable them to develop their projects
- access to at least one week's free rehearsal space
- dramaturgical, marketing and fundraising support to make their projects as successful as possible
- business mentoring to lay the groundwork for their long-term future in the sector
- free tickets to see shows at CPT and learn from the work of other artists.
CPT needs £10,000 to support three associate artist companies.
Any additional money raised will enable us to support even more great artists through the scheme.
Why is it important?
CPT believes that the voices heard and the stories told on British stages should be reflective of the make-up of the UK.
Right now, that's not happening.
For example, 93% of the creative and cultural workforce is white, and that only 10% of actors come from working class backgrounds.
But opportunities like this can begin to redress the balance - by offering crucial support to artists from underrepresented backgrounds to get their work on to the stage.
CPT is a stepping stone - the place many artists have their first professional experience of presenting theatre, so by empowering emerging artists from underrepresented backgrounds, we're not just increasing the diversity of the work on our own stages, but we'll also be contributing to a much more diverse theatre sector in years to come.
If you'd like to support CPT's crowdfunding campaign, you can do so here.
Camden People's Theatre
58-60 Hampstead Road
London NW1 2PY