A series of opportunities for the next generation of artists, theatre-makers and collaborators in Greater Manchester

Run by Royal Exchange Theatre Associate Artistic Director Matthew Xia, take part in a free programme of talks, workshops and masterclasses from Royal Exchange staff, associated artists, in-house and visiting theatre makers. 

This is for you if you’re:

• An emerging theatre-maker or artist based in or making work in Greater Manchester
• Aged 18+
• All types of artists and art forms
• Artists seeking new collaborators and to develop their craft
• People who don't know they can have an involvment in theatre making
• Groups and individuals who are under-represented in the arts community (BAME, D/deaf & Disabled)

Once you’re a part of the Open Exchange Network you’ll receive 

• Information about Royal Exchange Theatre shows and opportunities
• Information that the Royal Exchange Theatre receives from other organisations about jobs, workhops, scratch events and call-outs for submissions. 
• Peer to peer information sharing, callouts and invites
• Invitations to exclusive workshops
• Invitations to networking events, and ticket offers 
• Information and the opportunity to apply for exclusive commissions such as REACT

Join the Network

You can join the Open Exchange Network in two easy steps.

Step 1
To join, you must have a Royal Exchange Theatre customer ID number. You can find this on your theatre tickets or an email receipt. Alternatively you can create a brand new account. Still having trouble finding your number? Call the Box Office on 0161 833 9833 for help.

Step 2
Once you have your customer ID, please fill out this survey to complete your registration to the Open Exchange Network.


A paid opportunity for Open Exchange theatremakers

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Supported Artists

Three theatre-makers from the Open Exchange Network have been selected to be on attachment with the Royal Exchange Theatre for a year 

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The Open Exchange has been generously supported by The Leche Trust and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

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