Funding success for Derby Theatre

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Derby Theatre has been awarded a total of £164,000, over three years, by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to support the development of its work as a Learning Theatre, with particular focus on emerging artists, developing creative skills and working with local community groups.

In 2012, Derby Theatre embarked on a three-year project to launch, develop and monitor the success of a Learning Theatre Pilot Programme with one of the main objectives being to engage the creative ability of local communities and to embrace and nurture existing and emerging talent in the region.

With the news of the Esmée Fairbairn grant, significantdevelopments and work relating to this particular strand can now forge ahead and related work and projects can be implemented.

Sarah Brigham, artistic director at Derby Theatre, said: “I am delighted that Esmée Fairburn Foundation have decided to support Derby Theatre to this level.

“Derby Theatre is unique; we now produce homegrown professional produced theatre of quality and combine this with unique learning opportunities for the next generation of artists.”

She added: “We are thrilled that this highly regarded foundation has recognised our

application and proposition as an innovative way forward and are supporting the core of our business alongside the Arts

Council and the University of Derby.”