Graduate Theatre Companies: University of Kent

Graduate Theatre Companies

The School of Arts' Graduate Theatre Companies (GTC) scheme offers the opportunity to graduating students - undergraduate and postgraduate - to apply to become a graduate theatre company supported and mentored by the Drama department as they establish themselves over a period of 18 months to two years. Their work is regional and has a significant impact working with communities in Kent.

Kent made me an artist that's confident in their work and recognises how an idea can become something bigger.

Adam Glen Director and Head of Technology, Halucid_

How it works

Graduate Theatre Companies work closely with students and staff in Drama and Theatre in the School of Arts. This could include participating in seminars alongside staff and students, or running events to welcome new students.  

Each company comprises at least two individuals. They are interviewed and are assessed not just by the School of Arts but colleagues from the Gulbenkian Arts Centre and visiting experts, and are contracted to work alongside staff and students in the School for 18 months.

Academic staff and practitioners in the School help them to develop their work, and many have been successful in securing awards and Arts Council funding.

The School is fortunate to have a large and vibrant alumni community and many of our companies see graduates from previous years partnering with more recent graduates to share their expertise.