CELEBRATIONS are underway after The Lowry received the award by The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

The funding will secure the ability for the theatre to offer workshops, mentoring sessions, rehearsal space and other activities to around 300 early career artists from Greater Manchester through the Studio Member Scheme.

It will also support professional development activities for nine companies, six of whom are based in Greater Manchester, through their flagship support programmes: Developed With The Lowry and the Associate Artist Scheme.

Steve Cowton, head of theatre operations, commented: “We are absolutely delighted by this award, which is a ringing endorsement of our work over the last six years.

“Alongside our ongoing support from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Arts Council England, this funding means we will be able to offer a great range of opportunities to aspiring and ambitious theatre makers and make sure Salford is seen nationally as one of the best places to seek out the next generation of theatre talent.”

The Associate Artist scheme will support Kill The Beast (Manchester), Monkeywood Theatre (Manchester), Theatre Ad Infinitum (Bristol) and FYSA Theatre (Yorkshire) to both create new productions and undertake high impact organization development, as they climb the ladder to become nationally leading theatre companies.

The Lowry Studio has supported artist development since 2009 through a trio of schemes. The schemes form a structured pathway that support theatre makers from their first steps in the industry through to creating award-winning productions for the midscale.

Over the last six years The Lowry Studio has supported the creation of 34 productions, of which 30 have gone on to tour regionally, nationally or internationally.

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