U.S./U.K. program targets emerging legit artists

The Old Vic, under a.d. Kevin Spacey, is to repeat its highly successful T.S. Eliot U.S./U.K. Exchange scheme for emerging legit artists.

Launched in 2010 and supported by the estate of the late poet, the program is designed to nurture Brit and American theater practitioners ages 21-30, providing the opportunity to engage with theater communities on the other side of the Atlantic.

In early May, 50 actors, writers, directors and producers will travel from London to New York for a week of artistic development and cultural activity, including a showcase at a Gotham venue yet to be announced. Following the N.Y. Exchange, 50 American artists will take part in a similar program at the Old Vic.

More than 700 people applied for the 2010 scheme, which presented masterclasses, rehearsals, networking opportunities with senior industry figures, as well as opportunities for the creation of new work.

Key London orgs affiliated with the scheme include the National Theater, along with the Soho, the Bush and Hampstead theaters. Gotham orgs include MTC, Lincoln Center, MCC and New Dramatists. “The exchange shows the Old Vic’s dedication to encouraging trans-Atlantic collaboration,” Spacey said in announcing the initiative. “Last year’s program was an extraordinary success and we hope to find another 100 very talented young artists to forge lasting creative partnerships across the Atlantic. There is no doubt that relationships created on the exchange will bear fruit for many years to come.”

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