Creating Routes

Training the next generation of participatory artists.

Creating Routes is a free practical training programme for theatre-makers aged 18-25 who want to use their creative skills in community contexts with an array of participants and groups. This programme is a collaboration between Talawa Theatre Company, Emergency Exit Arts (EEA) and Goldsmiths University of London, providing theatre-makers with vocational training which is supported by academic study and creative enquiry.

As a collective we have come together to help to diversify the participatory arts sector with artists from different cultural backgrounds. Our aim is to provide an alternative route into entering the sector, one that strikes a balance between the practical and the theoretical.

Creating Routes trainees get the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and experience needed to gain employment in the Participatory Arts sector. This programme comprises of:

  • monthly group meetings and check-ins with mentors (from Talawa & EEA)
  • practical workshops with professionals, peers and Goldsmiths' MA students
  • work in community settings with experienced facilitators and other trainees (there will be some paid opportunities).

Previous Creating Routes alumni have gone onto work with: London Bubble Theatre Company, Harrow Arts Centre, Oval House, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Battersea Arts Centre and of course EEA and Talawa Theatre Company.

You guys have fully turned me into a professional facilitator…with confidence!

Creating Routes Trainee

How it works

We recruit six trainees each summer and intensive weekend sessions are held between September – December. In January of each year we then run bi-monthly mentoring sessions.

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