Vault Your Career
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Are you a new, early or mid-career artist? If so, VAULT Creative Arts have just announced a programme of exciting new opportunities that could help you release your locked-down creativity.

The project, supported by WarnerMedia, is designed to attract work from groups and individuals in traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.

The aim of the scheme, which runs throughout 2021, is to ‘nurture and support writers, directors, and live performance makers at a time when opportunities have been greatly diminished’. In particular, the project, supported by WarnerMedia, is designed to attract work from groups and individuals in traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. It’s culmination will be the anticipated Festival of January 2022.

There are three strategic approaches to the programme. VAULT Five will launch this April with a team of experienced mentors and industry professionals charged with giving participants the opportunity to develop the quality, scope and reach of their work. Throughout that period they will have the chance to network with professionals as part of their career development.

VAULT New Directors Programme is an eight-week course providing just six participants with a wide-ranging introduction to theatre and stage directing. In addition to course leader Madelaine Moore, award-winning director and Artistic Director of The Thelmas, there will also be input from guest speakers on the process of translating a script into a production. The opportunities for hands-on directing experience will be achieved in conjunction with VAULT’s existing New Writers Programme.

Also from The Thelmas, its award-winning writer and Executive Director will lead the already well-established VAULT New Writers Programme, which is supported by publishers and performing rights agents Nick Hern Books. It will similarly feature contributions from experts in the field. This course too will provide for just six people to receive support and mentoring in the development of a full-length play. Participants in these last two programmes will work in collaboration to bring a production to performance at the end-of-programme showcase.

Famous for its annual VAULT Festival, an arts celebration at the beginning of each year in and around the arches of Waterloo, London, the Director Andy George believes it’s incumbent upon the organisation to be more than just an event host and organiser. Launching the scheme, he said “It’s vital for us to be supporting and championing new, early, and mid-career artists and makers, especially as we begin to move beyond a devastatingly challenging period. We want to put creativity at the heart of our everyday lives, and open doors to careers previously closed by the pandemic and historical barriers. We want to give people the confidence and skills they need to thrive and flourish”.

Information about all opportunities, including application packs and important dates, can be found at

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