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Join Us: Associate Companies/Artists

Oldham Coliseum Theatre is looking for an Associate Company or Artist for 2019-20.

The Coliseum is committed to developing artists and companies across the North West. Our Associate Artists have access to individually tailored experiences to support their development and strengthen their networks. We are looking for an Associate Company or Artist to work with us September 2019- September 2020.

We encourage applications from underrepresented Artists with a connection to/strong knowledge of the community/region.

The Company or Artist chosen from this call out will be paid per project plus support in kind and funding to support the development of their own practice.


What we offer

Associate Companies/Artists are embedded in the Coliseum company, giving them access to valuable development opportunities including: administrative and technical support, one to ones with staff, office and development space, performance and networking opportunities.  The chosen Company or Artist will be mentored by Acting Artistic Director Chris Lawson, current Associate Company Fine Comb Theatre and staff relevant to their areas of interest who will support them to produce a development plan for their time as associates and beyond.

Associate Companies work closely with the Coliseum to develop new audiences and provide critical feedback for other Coliseum productions. They are a part of a peer-to-peer support network and act as mentors for aspiring creatives working with the theatre.

Our Associates are supported to try new forms and produce new work across the building and site specific locations.

This engagement is for a twelve month period.


Who you are

We are looking for an early career company or performance artist with strong links to the North West, and preferably Oldham in particular.

You will:

  • be a company or individual making work in a broad performance context including but not limited to: theatre, digital, site specific, circus, dance/ movement, spoken word
  • be making work in the North West;
  • understand who we are, our programme and be dedicated to working with us.
  • be an excellent collaborator;
  • be committed to developing your practice further;
  • be dedicated to inclusive practice which reflects the artistic vision of the Coliseum;
  • be motivated to explore new ideas and forms.


“It’s not often that an established theatre not only supports your work so passionately, but supports it enough to give you the opportunity to develop under their roof.  It’s such a privilege to work with Oldham Coliseum.” – Rachel and Cat, Fine Comb Theatre


How to apply

To be considered for this opportunity, please submit a letter of interest (no more than two sides of A4) or sound/video recording which outlines:

  • who you are and your practice
  • why you would like to engage with the Coliseum
  • an example of a project you would like to develop
  • any examples of your work to date


Deadline for applications: Tuesday 27 August at 9am

Interviews: Week commencing Monday 2 September


If you have any questions regarding this opportunity or require this information in another format, please get in touch with Rose Sergent at or by phone on 0161 785 7007.




Image: Fine Comb Theatre, Associate Company

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