Career Kickstarter and First Show funds open to applications

Career Kickstarter Fund

Emily Joy, centre, who received 2018’s Career Kickstarter Fund, in action with the National Youth Theatre.

Applications are now open for two of our annual funds designed to support new theatre makers based in Hull, our Career Kickstarter Fund and our First Show Fund.

It’s well documented that the costs associated with pursuing a career as an actor are often a barrier to many working class artists.

Our Career Kickstarter Fund will make a dent in those initial costs for one actor each year by paying for professional headshots and one year’s Spotlight membership.

The chosen actor will also be offered free, one-to-one audition workshops with Middle Child’s artistic director, Paul Smith.

Meanwhile making your first piece of work as a company or individual can be overwhelming enough without even considering the costs.

That’s why each year our First Show Fund provides support to one new Hull theatre maker to produce, market and record their first piece of work.

The fund covers a venue hire fee, script and marketing printing costs, professional filming, production photography and poster and flyer design.

We will also provide a range of in-kind support, including rehearsal space plus time with each member of the core team, covering directing, producing, marketing and technical expertise.

Applications for both funds are now open and close at 10am on Monday 9th September 2019.

The Career Kickstarter and First Show funds are part of Reverb, our artist development programme for theatre makers living and working in Hull, designed to offer first class opportunities to artists so that they don’t have to leave the city.