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Submissions Now Open: The Actors Centre Announces Graduate Festival to Support Cancelled Drama School Showcases

Submissions Now Open: The Actors Centre Announces Graduate Festival to Support Cancelled Drama School Showcases

2 April 2020

Article Updated on 13 May 2020: The Graduate Festival was originally announced to take place in early July 2020, however in light of recent announcements from government and the Society of London Theatres (SOLT), the festival has now been rescheduled to Autumn 2020, with dates to be announced in due course.

  • Graduate Festival will run at the Tristan Bates Theatre in Autumn 2020

  • Presented by The Actors Centre and curated by Ameena Hamid Productions

  • Festival will place a spotlight on those artists whose drama school showcases were cancelled due to COVID-19

With drama school final year showcases cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Actors Centre is today announcing a week-long Graduate Festival, which will take place in its flagship venue, the Tristan Bates Theatre, in Autumn 2020.


Presented by The Actors Centre and curated by Ameena Hamid Productions, this festival will provide an essential platform for graduates to showcase their talent to the industry as well the public. There will be two performances a day — one to an invited industry audience and the other to family, friends and public audiences. Selected artists will perform on one day during the five-day festival.


The Graduate Festival is specifically for individuals whose graduate showcases were cancelled due to COVID-19.


Speaking about the festival, Theatre Programme Manager Mitchell Reeve said: “This is an extremely challenging and unprecedented time for so many people and at The Actors Centre, we want to do everything in our power to support artists through this uncharted territory. Performing in your final showcase is such a vital part of the drama school experience and moreover, provides an essential platform to launch your career.


“Due to the current unforeseen circumstances, so many graduates were robbed of this opportunity and we want to offer a stage for them to perform the pieces on which they have spent so long working. We are thrilled to partner with Ameena Hamid on this festival, who is already doing incredible work shining a spotlight on actors whose showcases have been cancelled. We are looking forward to a dynamic and diverse display of emerging talent.


Ameena Hamid, festival curator added: “I am so excited to be curating this festival, to see more work from graduates who have worked so hard and give them a chance to be spotlighted."


Submissions for the Graduate Festival are now open and close on Monday 18 May. Please note that we are only accepting short scenes, monologues, or duologues for this festival and to be eligible to apply, you must have had your original showcase cancelled due to COVID-19. Rescheduled showcases or those that have already been performed will not be eligible to apply.


Please click here to submit your performance for the Graduate Festival. If you have any further queries about submissions, please email [email protected].


Notes to Editors


About The Actors Centre
The Actors Centre Established in 1978, The Actors Centre is the UK’s leading professional development organisation, supporting actors and creative talent throughout their careers. Through an unrivalled programme of diverse workshops and masterclasses — led by distinguished practitioners from the worlds of theatre, film and television — The Actors Centre provides an essential space for artists to network, to share, to create, to thrive. We strive to programme an eclectic mix of original, evocative, diverse and challenging theatre that attracts a wide and varied audience.


At the core of our organisation is a commitment to supporting artists — offering opportunities to emerging, as well as established, artists and companies. Our flagship theatre space, the Tristan Bates Theatre, established in 1994, has become a celebrated off-West End venue, presenting high quality, four week plays and musicals. Our smaller space, the John Thaw Studio promotes work-in-progress and allows artists to receive vital feedback on work currently in development. The John Thaw Studio is also home to the John Thaw Initiative, with each season tailored towards supporting a particular demographic of artist, or a particular theme of work.


About Ameena Hamid Productions
At the helm of Ameena Hamid Productions Ltd. is company director and creative producer Ameena Hamid. Ameena is an independent producer based in London. She produces work that brings people of colour, LGBTQ+, those who identify as disabled, women and genderqueer theatre-makers to the stage and is particularly passionate about increasing invlusivity and representation in theatre.


She has completed short courses with the National Theatre and Harvard and has worked at the Nuffield Southampton Theatres. She was selected as one of the EdFringe and British Council’s Emgerging Producers for 2019 and is one of the 2020 Stage One Bridge the Gap Producers.


For any press and publicity enquiries, please contact Jamie Tuohy, Marketing and Communications Manager at The Actors Centre: [email protected]


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