Theatre Deli empowers artists - and so artist development has always been central to our work. 

Whether it be through offering ad-hoc rehearsal space, artist 'residency' opportunities or structured programmes like Departure Point, our aim has been to support artists making a step-change in their career and practice.

Through 2019, we will draw all of our artist development activity together to create Deli Artists - a cohesive programme of support that is both transparent and accessible to everyone.

In doing so we will take the focus away from supporting one-off projects or performances.

Instead, we create a cohesive framework of development that supports artists as each follows the arc of their career and practice - from Emerging, to Developing, through Practising until they themselves become Inspiring Artists to a new generation.

Diagram showing a vision for Theatre Deli

This is what is vital about any Theatre Deli artistic community. There are artists at each stage of their career working alongside other providing support, encouragement and inspiration.

Deli Artists has five tiers of support - and you can click on the title to find more information:

Artist Residencies

Our residency programme has two options:

  • One week Deli Scratch Residency - a mentored residency that allows artists to audience-test experimental ideas in a safe space
  • Two week ‘A la Carte’ Residency - a programme that will allow artists to create a bespoke residency that suits their needs

All Theatre Deli residencies aim to support artists at every stage of their careers, from emerging through mid-career to established.

The residency programme follows the breakdown of our programming seasons: Spring, Summer - with particular focus on work that explores the themes of Refugee Week and Autumn. 

We hold an open call out for our Residency Season. To keep up-to-date with our call-outs sign up to our newsletter - you can find the details at the bottom of the page, in the footer.

First Sight showings

The launch of Theatre Deli’s new London studio performance space for  - initial 3 night outings of full length work that has been under development, often the culmination of the scratch/residency process.

Deli Meets 

peer-to-peer skill sharing and networking events for emerging practitioners, each hosted by guest artist.

Commissions of and co-productions

£3,000 each for new work in every season across London & Sheffield.

Theatre Deli Associate Artists

for whom TD will provide full producing support for, leading to national tours of newly co-commissioned work.

The long-term ambition of Deli Artists is to build a portfolio of Associate Artists - individuals/companies, who have progressed through the programmes stages and TD’s Artistic Directors have identified as companies they wish to continue working with long term. TD will act as Producer for these companies, co-commissioning productions, working with the company’s to raise funds and booking tours of newly co-commissioned work.