Supporting artists

We are a brave creative hub for the city and are passionate about working with the world’s most exciting artists, discovering new talent and supporting different voices to tell important stories across our stages that speak to our community and audiences.


Artist Development Programme

IGNITE is our Artist Development Programme that will spark the next wave of artists. Bringing together our artistic team and programing community group to select support artists, IGNITE will provide financial, in-kind and mentoring support to artist and companies to create theatre right here in York.
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IGNITE strands:

Black Box Public Showcases – free showcases of work in progress by artists and companies in our Studio Theatre – an opportunity to see the latest work, meet the artists and offer feedback.

IGNITE Network– a network of artists and companies, arts professionals and members of the public interested in upcoming opportunities, masterclasses and workshops, networking events and more.

If you’d like an informal discussion about IGNITE please contact us.


Supporting and developing Black theatre professionals

SLATE will support and develop Black theatre professionals working in the North by increasing access to local, national and international networks and creating new opportunities for Black artists. Led by Eclipse Theatre Company, with a consortium of cultural organisations, including York Theatre Royal and Pilot Theatre.

To join the SLATE network email