Assembly Roxy is a unique venue situated in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town. The historic former church building has been integral to the Edinburgh arts scene back until the 1960s and today houses three main performance spaces.
Our Assembly Theatre charity was born in 1985 and is the means by which the Assembly name has become world renowned and led to the creation of Assembly Festival. Founded by William Burdett-Coutts, Assembly Theatre has supported thousands of artists to tread the boards in Edinburgh and has been the starting point for many of the household names across comedy, theatre, dance and the performing arts you know and love today.
Our work today continues this legacy and focuses in a number of areas:
- Supporting the development of new work through resources, mentoring and genre specific expertise.
- Providing tailored support for artists who might not otherwise have been able to present their work in Edinburgh through travel, accommodation or other presentation bursaries.
- Ensuring Assembly Roxy and Assembly Checkpoint continue to develop infrastructure to be as accessible and welcoming to artists and audiences alike.
- Working closely with Assembly Festival to offer artists and companies in-kind or charitable discounts for available space in Festival venues.
- Offering advice and support for artists to learn the business of their craft, supporting learning and developing in topics such as marketing, budgeting and touring.
- Recognising that live art wouldn’t be possible without the brilliant technical experts behind the scenes and providing support for continuous skills development, mentorship, paid placements and upskilling courses.