Young Creatives is a development opportunity for aspiring directors, producers and facilitators aged 18 – 25

Our Creatives receive training in creative leadership, work with staff from across the theatre and gain hands on experience on projects throughout the year speciailsing as either a director, facilitator or producer.

This includes planning and producing their own projects, facilitating workshops, and developing skills and knowledge within a working theatre. Alongside this there are bespoke training and mentoring opportunities.

What's involved? Creatives will:

• Explore creative leadership at the heart of a producing theatre
• Develop an understanding of theatre-making and the role of theatre in Manchester and nationally
• Receive practical training and hands on experience in your chosen field
• Receive support to make your own work, including creative mentoring, and training in fundraising and marketing
• Represent the Royal Exchange at external events
• Receive one-on-one support and development opportunities

Young Creatives work together as a group as well as receiving the following experience in a chosen area:


- Workshops and masterclasses with directors and theatre-makers

- Assistant Directing opportunities on Young Company shows across the year

- Your own directing project


- Workshops and masterclasses with producers

- Planning and producing SFX events for the Great Hall 

- Working alongside Producers at the theatre on other events through the year


- Workshops and master-classes with facilitators and project managers

- Practical delivery experience working alongside members of the Participation and Learning Team at the theatre.

- The chance to deliver your own project


- Company Night – invitations to see each Royal Exchange show at the start of the run for free

- Open Space – opportunities to create your own work with mentoring support from theatre staff

- Masterclasses – meet the creative team from each show and discover how the show was made


Young Company

Discover the Royal Exchange’s resident company for young people aged 14 – 25.

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