By Steve Cooke
Oldham Coliseum continues to support the creatives through its Associate Artists programme. Using its resources to Enable talent to grow and flourish.
The new Associates are Billie Collins, Dare to Know Theatre, Maz Hedgehog, afshan d’souza-lodhi, Lauren Nicole-Mayes and troublehouse theatre, while Grant Archer continues as the theatre’s Digital Associate.
Associate Artists are embedded in the Coliseum company and have access to individually tailored experiences to support their development and strengthen their networks. Over the course of a year, Associates will receive regular support from the Coliseum’s staff, space in kind, financial investment, development opportunities and performance space.
Coliseum Artistic Director Chris Lawson said: “The Coliseum is proud to open its doors to a wide range of artists at different levels of their careers from across the region. We look forward to supporting them in making work and to them contributing to the life of the Coliseum and the community to ensure high quality relevant work is available to all.
Associate and Supported Artist alumni include Nana-Kofi Kufuor, whose debut play My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored toured across the North West; Hafsah Aneela Bashir, who created The Poetry Health Service in a co-commission with Oldham Coliseum and HOME Manchester; and Fine Comb Theatre, who presented their new piece Not Yours, Mine in the Coliseum studio."