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Open Online Theatre Training Programme for Performing Artists by IJAD Dance Company

Online Open Theatre offers artists all-round training in how to future-proof their creative practice by developing work specifically for live streaming, including monetisation and co-creation with audiences online.

Each participant will leave the programme with an expert strategic action plan to grow their audience, reset their creative approach to online work, co-create with audiences online, and a chance to monetise live-streaming their work from anywhere.

We want to hear from emerging/mid-career artists working in the performing arts who are looking to develop skills for online presentation of their work and develop a piece to be live-streamed on the Open Online Theatre platform.

Supporting artists to support themselves is central to the OOT ethos, as is engaging diverse audiences with personal access or geographical reasons for not being able to easily engage with live performance.

The 12 week programme will commence on 2 September 2020.

To find out more about the programme and to apply by 19 August 2020.

The Programme

Open Online Theatre (OOT) is a specialised platform for the performing arts, offering artists training in how to create work specifically for online audiences and monetise the process.

The Open Online Theatre training programme combines creative online laboratories with bespoke mentoring and performance opportunities to live-stream their work interactively.

The programme is led by 5 creative practitioners and facilitators in online performance with many years of experience.

The programme will encourage a new way of working for a leading cohort of emerging/mid-career artists.

Over the 12 week programme each participant will have access to bespoke
mentoring and training by specialists in:

  • Sensography – how to choreograph/improvise for 4 live-streaming cameras
  • How to film and edit the work as it goes out
  • How to co-create and interact with audiences live
  • How to use social media to engage audiences
  • Business advice to help artists create a sustainable career.
  • Monetisation models – exploring how to monetise their R&D and performance via viewership and audience co-creation.

Other benefits that participants will gain access to:

  • Up to 10 hours of one-to-one mentorship, taken flexibly.
  • Have your work documented via a 4-camera filmed performance of yourwork.
  • Hosting of your performance on your own channel on the Open Online Theatre platform.
  • Access programmers and curators through the presentation of your work on our platform.
  • Up to 180 mins of facilitated access to OOT streaming platform for technical rehearsals, taken flexibly. E.g 9 x 20 min sessions , 6 x 30 min sessions or 3 x 1 hour sessions. This is the equivalent to touring 6 to 8 venues as part of a triple bill.
  • Increase your online audience.
  • Monetise your performances on Open Online Theatre and receive 69% of revenue. (31% goes towards website administration costs)


The programme culminates a 2-day live streamed OOT Festival where artists’ work can be seen by their own, each other’s and IJAD’s audiences, including invited
programmers and curators globally.

Who can apply?

  • We are open to solo artists and artistic directors from the performing arts such as dance, theatre, circus arts, comedy, music and live art.
  • Artists looking to explore how they may adapt their artistic practice for working online.
  • Self-producing artists or Artists who want to shape their own artistic practice, to control their vision and champion their own work.

What we expect from the artist cohort

The programme will take the form of classes and mentorship.

  • You will need to commit to 11 contact days over the 12 weeks
  • Come with an artistic idea or performance project which you would like to shape into a new work online.
  • The programme will take place online and therefore participants will need a laptop/desktop computer and wifi access to take part.


We ask course participants  or their supporting organisations to pay 10% of the course costs which comes to £550. This covers training workshops in a small group (maximum 10), multi-camera filming and editing, use of the online platform, technical expertise for rehearsals and performances, individual mentoring and social media strategy, and a performance slot in our online festival. We also enable you to monetise your streamed work-in progress, workshops and performances to raise income during the 12 week programme.

The course structure breakdown as follows:

  • 5 days of intensive course modules in week one.
  • 5 weeks reflection and R&D of your work. This is self-guided and flexible but mentors are on hand as required.
  • 2 days in-person cohort meet up at the midway point of the course. This is an opportunity to collaborate, share ideas, test the work-in-progress and iron out any issues.
  • A further 5 weeks reflection and R&D of your work. This is self-guided and flexible but mentors are on hand as required.
  • 3 days festival culmination rehearsal and performance.

We encourage all participants to spend the first two weeks digesting and reflecting on the course learning and on their practice, during which time we will be there to offer support. Participants can be flexible around the amount of time they spend exploring their artistic idea.

To apply please complete the google form:

Please also submit an anonymous equal opportunities form by the deadline 19 August 2020: