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Artist News & Opportunities


Here you will find the latest in opportunities for artists, theatre makers and practitioners alike.

Training Workshops For Your Diary:

Training sessions designed to dig deeper into your understanding of your practice, going beyond introductory workshops. These workshops will also be live streamed from The Lowry’s YouTube Channel.

Keeping Mentally Well

Wed 29 January, 7pm, The Lowry

Booking information: Free for Artist Network members. Places are limited. Please email to book a place.

Keeping Mentally Well: Managing Performance Anxiety is a 2-hour introductory session by the British Association For Performing Arts and Medicine (BAPAM) designed for performing arts professionals and outlines risk factors and key strategies to sustain good mental health and wellbeing throughout a demanding career.

The session focuses on evidence-based practical skills and draws from research findings, performance psychology, and proven clinical pathways.

Participants will learn skills for optimal performance practice including pre and post-performance techniques, how to identify signs of performance and arts-career related mental health problems, how to manage problems including performance anxiety, promoting good health, and where to find help.

Leading the session will be Rachel Jepson, who has been a singer, songwriter and performer for over 18 years. She is currently one half of acoustic folk duo ‘Parent’. Rachel is also a qualified counsellor and supervisor working with organizations such as the NHS, BUPA and AnxietyUK. She has also set up and run accredited CPD for musicians and published on this subject.

This workshop is run by The Lowry Artist Development and is free for Artist Network members. Artist Network is a drop-in scheme for those who aspire to work creatively within the industry. Members are offered workshops, training, advice surgeries, ticket discounts and the opportunity to meet like-minded peers. For more information on Artist Network and to sign up, please visit:

Access Support

We want to ensure that this professional development opportunity is available to everyone. Please let us know if you have any access requirements by emailing Grace Ng-Ralph on in order to make the necessary arrangements in advance of your visit to The Lowry.

Making Accessible Work

Wed 25 March 2020, 10am-5pm, various venues in The Lowry
DANC Event: 6pm-8.30pm, Pier 8 Room & Lounge
Workshop leader: Extant and more to be confirmed

A full day of training theatre makers and practitioners passionate and skilled in making work for Visual Impaired audiences; integrated BSL sign, sign songs and creative captioning. With opportunities to observe a rehearsals with an integrated cast and creatives.

The day ends with the Disabled Artists Networking Community’s (DANC) regular networking event for established/professional artists and performers (of any art form) that have a disability.

Full schedule of the day’s masterclasses and observations to follow.

How To Think Like A Social Entrepreneur Workshop Leader: TBC

Wed 22 April 2020, 7pm, Classroom 1

More information to come.

Yellow Earth Academy

Yellow Earth Academy: Manchester

Yellow Earth Academy is coming to Manchester!

The Academy has been successfully running in London for 10 years and has recently opened in Birmingham and now is coming to Manchester. There are 2 courses one for Writers and one for Performers

Its run by Yellow Earth Theatre – the leading British East Asian Theatre company in the UK and have produced works such as ‘Mountains the Dreams of Lily Kwok’ at the Royal Exchange Theatre.

Yellow Earth Theatre have teamed up with theatres and organisations here in Greater Manchester and Salford to engage with British East Asians interested in writing and performing to get involved in the arts.

If you are British East Asian* and are thinking of a career in the arts as a writer or a performer in theatre – then sign up now! Both courses are entirely FREE and open to 16+ with no upper age limit.

You will learn more about the skills, craft, and strategies needed to work in the arts, build a network of fellow British East Asian artists, peers, mentors, opportunities to meet and work with local industry professionals.


The Writers Course is a new nationwide Writers Programme for British East Asian writers to create a step change in BEA writing across the UK.

This course will be held on the last Saturday of every month beginning 25 April – October 2020 at the Royal Exchange Theatre, alongside fortnightly trips to theatre or galleries with a writers focus.


All we need from you is:

  • Up to 5 pages of written work (dialogue/a scene/a story/poetry/lyrics)
  • A paragraph on what you want to get from the programme
  • Email to with ‘Manchester Writers’ in the subject line or message us Twitter/Instagram/Facebook @yellowearthuk

Deadline for application: 28 Feb 2020


The Performers Course is a fully funded intensive course in the Summer for young British East Asians(16+). It will give you a taste of life at drama school and the skills you need to become a professional performer.

This one-week course will be held from Monday 13 – Friday 17 July 2020 at Sustained Theatre Up North (STUN).

No previous performance experience needed just a willingness to play and be open, you can come from any discipline or background


  • Email your interest to with ‘Manchester Performers’ in the subject line and you will be sent a form to fill in.
  • All who apply will be invited to an open audition held in Manchester on Sat 6 June 2020, 3pm-5pm

Deadline for application: 22 May 2020

*East Asian descent includes: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, North Korea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and their Diasporas.


Yellow Earth Academy: Manchester

Delivered by Yellow Earth Theatre in partnership with: Contact, HOME, Royal Exchange Theatre, Sustained Theatre Up North (STUN) and The Lowry

Supported by: Manchester School of Theatre at Manchester Metropolitan University

Writers Course is funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation