Artist Masterclasses

    Our theatre owes so much to freelance and independent artists, who have created almost everything we’ve presented over the last 20 years. These exceptionally talented and professional colleagues have been confronted with huge challenges through Covid-19, whilst on the whole receiving far less support than venues.

    In 2020, we partnered with The Cube Microplex to distribute hardship grants to local artists with acute financial difficulties, funded by The Gane Trust.

    Whilst we continue to work on our long-term survival, we aim to support local artists in new and varied ways.

    The first initiative is our Masterclass Programme, designed for South West-based professional artists, and led by a range of inspiring practitioners.

    All sessions are available on a Pay What You Choose basis, recognising that everyone is in different financial circumstances. Whatever participants feel able to spend, session leaders will be fully paid for their work.

    In February to April 2021 we had incredible sessions delivered online from Katy Stephens, Josie Dale-Jones, Laila Diallo, Heather Williams, Nancy Medina, Deborah Pugh, Chris Swain and Annie Pui Ling Lok.

    Since we reopened in May 2021, the programme has been delivered in person at Tobacco Factory Theatres. We are regularly confirming new partnerships with inspiring artists so keep an eye on this page and our social media channels for updates about future sessions.

    When new masterclasses are released, they will be first available to book for our Artist Members, who receive a priority booking period. It is free to become an Artist Member, and you can do so by emailing an introduction of yourself, where you live and your practice to

    If you require captioning or BSL interpretation of the sessions, or have any other access needs, please let us know.