Emerging Producers

    Spark Call Out!

    Please see our statement regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus epidemic

    We have sadly cancelled SPARK: A Festival of Art. We are contacting all ticket holders, so please bear with us while we work through this as quickly as we can.


    If so, get ready for SPARK: A Festival of Art 2020 – our festival of work created by 16–30 year olds and curated and produced by our Emerging Producers.

    SPARK will be a floor-wide takeover, which means we’ll be presenting work in five spaces at Tobacco Factory Theatres.

    Applications are now open! We are looking for Bristol’s artists and makers aged 16-30 to present their work at SPARK: A Festival of Art on Sun 14 June.

    Spark Festival is an opportunity to bring together the most exciting emerging artists from across Bristol to share their voices and talent, and to dictate the conversations that they want to have. We want to fill our spaces (every corner of them) with new ideas by programming experimental, important work. We want your voices!

    SPARK is a festival produced by the Tobacco Factory Theatres’ Emerging Producers. We are looking to programme emerging artists who need a platform to perform and a chance to be surrounded by, and connected with, like minded creatives. We want to showcase art that is important or exciting to you as a young person.

    We are looking for any genre or style of art – we want you to tell stories in innovative and inventive ways. It is important to us that you are enthusiastic and committed to creating a finished piece.

    We are also offering some Supported Places. These will include access to rehearsal rooms and support from our Emerging Producers. Please fill in the Supported Places form and send with your application if you wish to be considered.

    Pieces we are looking for:

    • ANY type or genre of art
    • Work at a variety of stages – able to be complete/ at a performative stage by the festival
    • 5 – 20 minutes performances, or durational installation pieces

    Artists we are looking for:

    • Emerging artists aged 16-30
    • People from or living in Bristol
    • Solo artists and groups
    • Artists at all stages of their career – no formal training or experience required


    • Interviews: 01 and 02 April
    • SPARK: Sunday 14 June
    • You will also be required to be at the Tobacco Factory Theatres on other dates throughout the process. These will be confirmed with successful applicants.
    • Deadline: 23:59 Sun 15 March.

    Please note we are only able to offer access to limited lighting and technical support.

    If you’re interested in applying, download this short application form along with an equal opportunities form. Please submit your completed forms by 23:59 Sun 15 March to theatre@tobaccofactorytheatres.com and emergingproducers@tobaccofactorytheatres.com with SPARK ARTIST APPLICATION FORM and the name of your piece in the subject line.



    What is Emerging Producers?

    The Emerging Producers training programme at Tobacco Factory Theatres allows young people aged 18-25 who want to have a career in the industry the chance to further develop their skills and build valuable connections for their future as a producer.

    What is Emerging Producers?

    Emerging Producers started in September 2019 and is a group of six young people from Bristol who want to share their love and knowledge of theatre, network with industry professionals, programme new work, and work with Tobacco Factory Theatres and other Bristol based arts organisations to turn their passion into practice and make things happen.

    Our Emerging Producers are:

    • developing skills in a wide range of areas such as project management, producing, budgeting, marketing, tour booking, public speaking, performing, directing, writing, reviewing and more.
    • Getting the chance to select and programme productions for Tobacco Factory Theatres. Taking placement opportunities with arts organisations in the city.
    • Experiencing exclusive masterclasses with professionals working in the industry.
    • Having opportunities to lead on producing events at the theatre, ranging from debates and post show talks to festivals.
    • Getting free tickets to arts events and shows.
    • Have the opportunity to gain an Arts Award qualification.
    • Gaining strong connections with industry professionals across the city.
    • Getting written references and support with job applications and credits for their CVs.

    Thank you to Margaret Guido’s Charitable Trust and The Thistle Trust for supporting Emerging Producers.