Free workshops for Freelancers at The National Theatre New Work Department

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New Work Department

12-16 April 2021

Applications are now CLOSED

If you have won a spot, you will be contacted before April 1.

Emails will be coming from so please check your spam folders.

What are they?


FMTW will be hosting a series of in-person socially distanced, Covid safe Freelancer Workshops at the National Theatre’s New Work Department in London. These FREE two-hour sessions are a chance to be inspired by our leading artists. The workshops cover a range of working practices including acting, design, sound and directing among others.

When are they?


There will be 10 Freelancer Workshops across 5 days

Starting on the 12th April and finishing on the 16th April.

Morning sessions are from 10.30 am until 12.45 pm

Afternoon sessions are from 2:00 pm until 4:15 pm

Can I go?


Any Freelance Theatre Professional can attend.

You may submit for more than one workshop but may only be selected to attend one.

There are a limited number of spaces (10 per workshop) so we are opening up a ballot to attend. Please apply below and we will let you know if you have a place by 1st April 2021

The National Theatre

Workshop 1

Ben & Max Ringham on Sound Design

Monday 12 April 10.30am – 12.45pm

Workshop 2

Alastair Coomer (Casting Director National Theatre) for Actors

Monday 12 April 2pm – 4.15pm

Workshop 3

Anne McNulty & Charlie Westenra for Actors

Tuesday 13 April 10.30am – 12.45pm

Workshop 4

Simon Stephens for Playwrights

Tuesday 13 April 2pm – 4.15pm

Workshop 5

Rachel Bagshaw, Andy Whyment and Toby Coffey (Head of National Theatre Digital) – A workshop for Makers on Digitising your practice

Wednesday 14 April 10.30am – 12.45pm

Workshop 6

Indhu Rubasingham & Tom Piper on Directing and Design

Wednesday 14 April 2pm – 4.15pm

Workshop 7

Ola Animashawun (National Theatre Associate) for Playwrights

Thursday 15 April 10.30am – 12.45pm

Workshop 8

Lyndsey Turner (National Theatre Associate Director) on Dramaturgy for Directors

Thursday 15 April 2pm – 4.15pm

Workshop 9

Athena Stevens  & Robin Norton-Hale for Directors on working with actors with disability

Friday 16 April 10.30am – 12.45pm

Workshop 10

Prema Mehta & James Perkins on Light and Design

Friday 16 April 2pm – 4.15pm


Do I need any experience?
The workshops are for any industry professional: you may have recently entered the industry or been in it for decades.

Will access be provided?

If you have any access requirements please let us know as soon as possible – we can provide support but we will need to organise it so advance notice is necessary.

Please let us know if you have any specific access requirements or need to bring your own access support on the day.

How does the ballot work?

Pretty simple. Fill in the submission form below. The ballot will be closed at 9am on Tuesday 30th March and winners will be selected at random and contacted by 6pm on the 1st April. Please only apply if you can attend. We are a small team and organising 120 people over 10 sessions is a big task.

What happens if I win a spot?
You will recieve an email from (please check your spam) with details about the session including where to go, what to bring and Covid-19 guidlines that MUST be followed when at The National Theatre New Work Department. All the workshops will be socially distanced and static. Your name will be passed on to The National Theatre New Work Department so they can allow you entry. You may also be expected to fill in a Track and Trace form upon entry to the building.

Anything else I need to know?
Please, please only apply if you are available for the session. Spaces are limited and we want to make sure as many freelancers as possible can come along.

Applications are now CLOSED

If you have won a spot, you will be contacted before April 1.

Emails will be coming from so please check your spam folders.

Image Credits: Matt Humphrey and Curtain Call

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