Submissions close Monday 7 December at 5pm
In a first of its kind for Sheffield Theatres, we are excited to announce the launch of our Open Submissions Programme.
Running from 22 February to 6 March 2021, the Open Submissions Programme is a celebration of the work of Yorkshire artists, curated by a panel of audience members, local people, artists and theatre representatives. We are currently looking for artists in the region to submit work for programming on the Crucible stage as well as people who would be interested in being part of the selection panel for the Programme.
As part of the launch of the programme, we are convening an online meeting on Monday 30 November to welcome artists, audiences and Sheffield residents to come together to discuss the city, culture and what they want to see on the Crucible stage. A panel of 12 volunteers will then be appointed with the aim of reflecting the wide range of experiences of people across Sheffield. Led by Anthony Lau, RTYDS Associate Artistic Director, the group will then co-curate the programme of work, with recordings of the selection meetings available for anyone to view to develop their understanding of the programming process.
Whether its comedy or music, new writing, devised work, or even a piece of digital theatre, if you feel as if you have a piece that you want to share then we would love for you to make a submission as an artist in our Open Submissions programme. In particular, we are looking for the following:
- Bold and brilliant work that is made by Yorkshire based artists over the age of 18.
- Artists that have a unique or underrepresented voice.
- Work that reflects the region, communities in Sheffield or shines new light on the world we live in today.
- Work that is ready for performance rather than being at idea stage, not unlike our current Studio programming model. We will consider work in progress, but this will be reflected in the fee we are able to offer.
- In light of Covid-19 restrictions, we are looking for work that is around 60 minutes long. In exceptional circumstances, we may consider work that runs up to a maximum of 90 minutes.
Submissions and Programming Process
Work can be submitted in a variety of forms, either through our website as a written document, as an audio file or a video in response to the questions.
After the work is submitted, for transparency, every submission will be available to the public to view. Given time constraints arising out of the Covid-19 restrictions, a longlist will be created by the Artistic Team at Sheffield Theatres for consideration by the panel. Alongside Anthony Lau, the panel will then shortlist submissions and select 7-10 pieces for the Open Submissions programme.
All artists will be notified of their submission’s outcome by early January 2021, regardless if they are successful or otherwise. Shortlisted applicants may be required to provide additional information. We will endeavour to provide some feedback for all unsuccessful submissions.
For work presented, we will offer a box office split of 70/30 in favour of the artist. We understand that in normal circumstances artists and companies would be proposing work as part of a wider tour or funding structure. While we won’t be able to cover the costs of remounting a tour or rehearsing a new show from scratch, we want to ensure that companies and artists are fairly compensated for reasonable preparations costs, and will agree additional fees according to our usual day rates.
Work in progress will command a lesser fee since the presentation of work to an audience as part of a making process constitutes as part payment in kind. In this instance, Sheffield Theatres would also collate feedback and continue to support these artists.
Furthermore, Sheffield Theatres will offer the slot, crew, marketing etc. and support in kind where possible, given the reduced working hours as a result of Covid-19. We can also offer the continued mentorship of the successful applicants.
We acknowledge the difficulty and uncertainty of making work in these turbulent times. Whilst we are unable to guarantee the public health landscape in February/March 2021, where possible we will make every effort to ensure that risk is mitigated and properly accounted for.
The panel will consist of twelve participants who have an interest in programming and in the cultural make-up of the city. We are looking for people who reflect the wide and diverse range of experiences from people across Sheffield.
These people may include but is not restricted to the following:
- Local artists who are not submitting work for consideration.
- Members of the audience.
- Participants of Sheffield People’s Theatre/Young people 18 or over.
- Staff from Sheffield Theatres who wouldn’t otherwise decide on programming.
- Other residents of Sheffield who might not be regular theatre goers, but who have demonstrated a commitment to arts and culture in the city of Sheffield.
All members of the panel will receive a festival pass entitling them to complimentary tickets to the work programmed through this process.
For both artist submissions and the panel, we are particularly interested in hearing from underrepresented voices for both artist submissions and the panel: these include but is not limited to people who identify as being d/Deaf and disabled, people of colour and people from a working class background.
Submissions can be made from 20 November until 7 December. Anyone interested in submitting work or being part of the selection panel is encouraged to join the online meeting on Monday 30 November, which is ticketed and free to attend.
We look forward to hearing from you.