The Bank opened in November 2019 as Sheffield Theatres' creative hub dedicated to talent development. The Bank represents Sheffield Theatres expanding commitment to local theatre makers as well as the company’s existing Making Room network of artists and activities.
The Bank, which is located adjacent to the Crucible, is a creative space for local artists and theatre makers to develop work, skills, collaborations and careers with the support of the staff and creative teams at Sheffield Theatres.
The Making Room, a network of local artists developed in collaboration with Theatre Deli, The Bare Project and Third Angel, will continue to flourish, with an expanded range of workshops and talks taking place in The Bank. The Bank is also home to a 14-strong cohort of writers, directors and producers. Each will be supported and mentored over 9 months in a programme that will culminate in industry showcases, seed funding for projects and opportunities to work on Sheffield Theatres’ productions.
Robert Hastie, Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres said:
“Our city is full of creative talent who need space and support to think, imagine and create. We’re committed to sharing the resources and expertise we have in our theatres and to creating an environment where artists can thrive.
At Sheffield Theatres we’re really keen to work with the city’s community of artists – and the artists in all Sheffield’s communities – to determine how we can best use this space. We’re starting with an offer, but we want to go forward in conversation and collaboration.
There is a long line of artists who have shaped and shared their talents in Sheffield. The city is bursting with creative energy. As we open recruitment for the first Bank of directors, producers and writers, I can’t wait to see what the next generation of Sheffield-made talent will achieve.”
The Bank Team
The Bank team is led by Tommi Bryson, Sheffield Theatres' Talent Development Coordinator.
If you would like to get in touch with the team to find out more about The Bank, please email us hereemail us
Creation of The Bank
The Bank, named in recognition of its previous incarnation as an actual bank as well as its future life as a place in which investment is made in talent, has been made possible thanks to a gift from long-standing supporters, Jo and Chris Hookway.
Donor Jo Hookway commented:
“Chris and I are so pleased that we’ve played a part in enabling Sheffield Theatres to realise their ambitious plans with the opening of The Bank.
The theatre has brought us a huge amount of joy, and we wanted to give back by helping to nurture the next generation of talent in our city. We loved the idea of The Bank immediately, and we trusted that Sheffield Theatres has the expertise to deliver something brilliant. For us, this is a living legacy; a way for us to see the impact that our gift will make on the theatres and the theatre makers of the future.”
Apply to be a Supported Artist in The Bank
Applications for The Bank cohort are currently closed. Please check back later in 2021 for more information about future opportunities.