We develop artists by providing transformational education and opportunities that gives them the skills, time and attention to make a step-change in their practice, including artist residencies, mentoring and advice, subsidised space, co-productions and training. 

In 2019 we launched Deli Label, based on the record label model, providing full producing support for theatre makers. We’re been a major commissioner of artists working in immersive theatre and circus. The ground-breaking Theatre Souk, an immersive theatre festival that combines career development with performance, has launched numerous careers in the genre. We also work with partners to commission major new work, like Hikapee’s ‘Look Up’ in partnership with Without Walls, that has now toured nationally for over 2 years. 

We’ve run a series of ground-breaking courses for early-career immersive artists that build producing and making skills such as Departure Point, Forge North and The Need to Knows. These courses all equip artists with the skills to make a step change in their career, our favourite current example of this is Sadie Clark, who took part in Departure Point and is now taking her first one woman show to Edinburgh Fringe. 

All of our core staff team who have moved on have gone on to sustain careers in the arts, including taking on major roles in large organisations & institutions, like Sarah Sharp who is now New Talent Producer at HOME in Manchester, Alex Guiney who is Business Manager at the New York Theatre Workshop, and Anna Dominion who is Production Coordinator at ArtichokeWe’ve welcomed interns from Guildford School of Acting over the last few years who’ve gone on to do wonderful things. Our last intern started out with an interest in comedy and throughout the year began a monthly comedy night at the Old Library. This culminated in him producing a month long comedy festival which saw comedians such as Romesh Ranganathan headlining! 

Photo by Smart Banda.

Theatre Deli exists to empower artists who want to change the world.

We do this by creating free & affordable opportunities for marginalised artists to make & experience art. 

To keep our work going, we need to generate over £1.5 million a year to cover our costs. In 2019 we need to fundraise £200,000 to support the next stage of our growth. 

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