Camden People's Theatre Associate Artist Scheme

by Camden People's Theatre in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 5th January 2018 we successfully raised £2,490 with 41 supporters in 35 days

A new associate artist scheme for theatre makers from underrepresented backgrounds to make their theatrical ambitions a reality.

by Camden People's Theatre in London, England, United Kingdom

A new associate artist scheme for theatre makers from underrepresented backgrounds to make their theatrical ambitions a reality.

CPT is a central London studio theatre dedicated to supporting emerging artists making contemporary theatre about the issues that matter to people right now. We stage more than 450+ performances a year at our home in West Euston, and work closely with artists at the start of their career to help them realise their ambitions. Over the years we’ve supported amazing artists like Chris Goode, Scottee, Beats and Elements, Sh!t Theatre, Milk Presents, Highrise, Barrel Organ, Jamal Harewood and many more. 

In 2018, we plan to extend our associate artist scheme, with a new programme specifically working with artists from underrepresented backgrounds, and we need YOUR HELP to make it happen. Go on. IT’S CHRISTMAS!

What’s the scheme?

We want to support three theatre companies – and maybe more – from underrepresented backgrounds through our associate artist scheme in 2018.

By underrepresented backgrounds we mean those from groups we currently don’t see and hear enough of on British stages: that might be in terms of ethnicity, disability, socioeconomic background or gender identity.

This can’t happen without you. Your generous support will be vital in enabling us to support each artist or company with:

  • A £2000 commission to enable them to develop their projects
  • Access to at least one week’s free rehearsal space
  • Dramaturgical, marketing and fundraising support to make their projects as successful as possible
  • Business mentoring to lay the groundwork for their long-term future in the sector
  • Free tickets to see shows at CPT and learn from the work of other artists

We need £10,000 to support three associate artist companies. Any additional money raised will enable us to support even more great artists through the scheme.

Why is it important?

We believe that the voices heard and the stories told on British stages should be reflective of the make-up of the UK. Right now, that’s not happening. We know, for example, that 93% of the creative and cultural workforce is white, and that only 10% of actors come from working class backgrounds. But opportunities like this can begin to redress the balance – by offering crucial support to artists from underrepresented backgrounds to get their work on to the stage.

CPT is a stepping stone – the place many artists have their first professional experience of presenting theatre, so by empowering emerging artists from underrepresented backgrounds, we’re not just increasing the diversity of the work on our own stages, but we’ll also be contributing to a much more diverse theatre sector in years to come.

What’s in it for me?

Besides the warm fuzzy glow you’ll get from supporting the next generation of brilliant theatre makers, and contributing to a theatre sector that’s a much more inclusive place – we’ve got a range of exciting, and distinctively CPT flavoured, rewards! Sign up to support us and you could receive free tickets to come and see a performance by an associate artist your money has helped; a personalised postcard updating you on their progress for the scheme; or even a slap up meal with one of the artists you’ve supported and a member of the CPT team at one of Drummond’s famous curry houses, followed by a night at a CPT show.

Sponsor an artist for £75 or more by 13th December and we’ll send a bonus sparkle filled, personalised card to you or a recipient of your choice, in addition to the rewards listed, thanking you or them for ‘sponsoring an artist’ this Christmas.

Thank you so much for reading this, and for your support – it really does make the world of difference. Please tell your friends and family about this too, and share on your social media channels – the further this travels, the great impact we can make.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Social media shout out

A shout out on social media and that warm fuzzy feeling of helping an artist realise a dream!

£25 or more

A personalised email & a thank you on our website

You'll receive a personalised message from one of the associate artists you've supported, updating you on their project and the difference your contribution has made. We'll also thank you by name on the associate artist page of our website.

£50 or more


Contribute £50 or more by 13th December, and in addition to the rewards listed, we'll send you - or someone you want to treat at Christmas - a sparkle filled, special, personalised card, thanking them for sponsoring an artist, in time to open on Christmas day. We'll make sure it looks lovely! If you'd like us to address this to someone in particular or include a special message, please email

£100 or more

A postcard from an artist & a pair of tickets

You'll get a personalised postcard from one of the artists your generous support is helping, and, when their work is a ready, a pair of complimentary tickets to a performance, where they'll share what they've been cooking up.

£250 or more

Postcard, tickets & a drink with an artist

In addition to a personalised postcard and a thank you on our website, you'll receive a pair of complimentary tickets to a performance by one of our supported artists, and the chance to meet one of our associate artists in person, and catch up over a coffee or a drink about the impact your support is having.

£500 or more

Join us for a press night at CPT

In addition to a personalised postcard and a thank you on our website, you'll receive a pair of complimentary tickets to one of our press nights at CPT - a chance to see one of the best new shows in our season, and to meet one of our associate artists in person as well as team CPT over drinks and nibbles.

£1,000 or more

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Dinner and VIP festival pass

In addition to a postcard & a thank you on our website, we'll treat you and a friend to a slap up dinner at one of Drummond Street's iconic curry houses, hosted by one of our associate artists & a member of team CPT. Over dinner we'll share news of the impact your kind contribution has made. We’ll also give you to a VIP festival pass so you can catch up to five performances in one of our regular festivals, and join us for press night.

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