Artist Relationship Programme

Our Artist Relationship Programme presents a range of opportunities designed to support and develop artists and creatives at all stages of their careers. From our online masterclasses, to scratch nights and our Associate Artists scheme, we want to help artists to form a network of supportive peers, expand their skills set, make and try out work, sustain their careers & fulfil their potential in the creative industries.

We are particularly keen to support the work of East Anglian (with a focus on Suffolk & Norfolk) theatre freelancers and artists and creatives from underrepresented backgrounds.

For young people aged 16-21 years who are looking for a weekly group in which they can develop their skills as as emerging artists, our Creative Communities team offer Young Creatives

If you’re an artist or creative and you would like to join our mailing list please contact Rachel Fitzgerald, Producer, at

Suffolk Theatre professionals Network

The Suffolk Theatre Professionals Network is a space for Suffolk based theatre professionals to connect, share work, find collaborators, support one another and hear about opportunities at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, New Wolsey Theatre, Eastern Angles, Marina Theatre, and more.

The network is currently available to access as a Facebook group, which is administered by the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds and the New Wolsey Theatre. Click here to join.

Online masterclasses

Across the year we offer a varying programme of online masterclasses presented by industry professionals. Previous masterclasses include Being Playful with Playwriting and Producing Your Own Work.

We also hold Project Grant Writing Bootcamps, an online series designed to demystify the application process, provide a friendly space for critical reflection within a network of peers, and offer guidance to support the development of an Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant.

Upcoming masterclasses and bootcamps will be advertised on our What’s On page and in the Suffolk Theatre Professionals Network group.

Associate Artists

A collage of photos of the six new associate artists for the New Wolsey Theatre. From Aspire Black Suffolk, there are photos of Elma Glasgow, Ellisha Soanes, Tonia Wilson and Franstine Jones. The other photos are of Jamie Beddard, Martha Loader, Mae Munuo, two staff members from The Paper Birds and two staff members from Spinning Wheel Theatre.


Our Associate Artists scheme offers support to artists over an 18 month period with a bespoke programme designed to enable individual development, act as a step change and celebrate creativity in the region.

You can find out more about our current Associate Artists here. 


Artist Takeover

Monday 24 – Friday 28 July 2023

For one week this summer we are inviting professional and emerging artists from all disciplines to occupy the New Wolsey Theatre to develop their work and fill our building with creativity and conversation.

We will give over as many rooms as we can for free to artists who need space to rehearse, write, share skills, or simply to breathe and think. These accessible spaces will be spread across the New Wolsey Theatre, be rough and ready, and vary in size – from dressing rooms to hot-desks, and meeting rooms to our main stage. Artists will also have the opportunity to meet with our staff and pick their brains on everything from dramaturgy and marketing to directing and production.

Applications for our 2023 Artist Takeover are now closed. Check back here for information on future takeovers.


Scratch Night

Our Scratch Nights are held in our upstairs Bar and provide a relaxed and friendly evening for local performers from the East Anglian region to try out new work in front of an audience. Keep an eye out here for our next Scratch Night opportunity.