Jerwood Designers Programme

Leeds Playhouse

Furnace at Leeds Playhouse is one of the most ambitious and well-respected artistic development programmes in the UK and has been developing opportunities for theatre designers over recent years. The Jerwood Designers Programme will provide vital artist development opportunities for early-career theatre designers based in Yorkshire, with the aim of growing the local ecology & diversifying this area of the theatre sector. This two-year programme will provide a series of unique opportunities for early-career designers to work across and learn from the wide range of activity and production departments on offer at Leeds Playhouse.

The programme is made up of two year-long paid residencies for set & costume designers in collaboration with local children’s theatre company tutti frutti, two short-term paid residencies for designers from other disciplines, as well as two Introduction to Design training courses available for up to 30 local artists.

“We are thrilled to be working with Jerwood Arts again to support theatre designers. It is essential that as we continue to support the theatre ecology in Yorkshire and ensure our work force is representative of our vibrant city, that we provide opportunities for local designers to develop.” – Amy Leach, Deputy Artistic Director of Leeds Playhouse.

Opening for applications: January 2023

Find out more about the programme here.

Image of Leeds Playhouse paint shop from Our Empty Theatres, Photographer Helen Murray