Class Of

Class Of is an annual cohort of Greater Manchester-based artists and producers looking to build their understanding of the business of theatre. Over the course of a year, we work with the cohort on a collaboratively designed training programme aimed at providing a deeper understanding of the performing arts – industry, production and general survival. It’s an opportunity for us and the group to build long-term, meaningful working relationships as we structure and then work through a unique, bespoke course of professional development together.

In response to the COVID19 crisis, we have extended our Class Of 2020 programme in order to continue working with and supporting this group during lockdown when our building was closed and our programme of in-person events were unable to proceed. We felt it was important to continue supporting this group during a period of great uncertainty and change for individuals and for the industry as a whole. We now meet for monthly digital workshops which continue to directly respond to the participants’ questions, problems and areas of interest for learning. We’re also commissioning the group to make new work for our digital #LoveLowry platform.

We will be recruiting for our next Class Of programme in July 2021, ready for the scheme to start this September. To stay up to date on application information, make sure you sign up to our Artist Network so you start receiving our monthly newsletter here.

Charlie Hammond, Class Of 2020

“Theatre is an incredibly competitive & frustrating field to find success in, and this programme has helped me build the extremely vital business skills, to organise myself and my practice so that I can continue to grow. It’s been a lifeline of support in a chaotic year, and I now feel less like I’m blindly crashing from one creative endeavour to another, and more like I’m falling with style purposefully, planning where I’ll land next.”

Who is it for?

Class Of is a scheme aimed at early-career artists and producers, who are interested in committing to a dedicated year-long learning path, and becoming a proactive and generous member of a close-knit peer support group.

During Class Of 2020, workshops and training have covered subjects such as:

  • How to think like a social entrepreneur
  • Tour booking and negotiating deals
  • Building your online brand on social media
  • Making accessible and inclusive work
  • Improving and maintaining your mental wellbeing
  • Looking after yourself and keeping the creatives you are working safe

Meet The Class of 2020

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Amy Vreeke

Amy is a theatre and comedy artist based in Manchester. Amy’s work has been described as “likably down to earth” leaving “audiences splitting with laughter” (NorthWestend) allowing her to talk about taboo and highly personal subjects with charm, humour & frankness. Amy is now working on a solo show ‘The Year My Vagina Tried to Kill Me’ commissioned by Contact Theatre and SICK! Festival which is set to premier and tour in autumn 2019. Over the past four years Amy has also built a reputation as an up and coming stand-up comedian on the Northern circuit.