Making An Entrance is a development programme for artists identifying as LGBTQIA+, questioning or thinking about their gender/sexuality who are entering the industry and starting out in theatre and performance. The programme takes a nurturing approach to supporting artists to help craft skills needed to bring their whole selves to the work.

Making An Entrance is supported by Jerwood Arts and delivered in partnership with The HopBarn Centre for Music and Creative Performance and In Good Company, the Midlands flagship artist development programme.

“We’re at a critical moment for LGBTQIA+ people, as conversation swings from encouraging to hostile daily, requiring resilience, resourcefulness and steadfast solidarity. We’re delighted to receive Jerwood Arts’ Development Programme Fund as it will enable Milk Presents to offer transformational opportunities for our LGBTQIA+ community. It provides vital paid experience in the independent sector, transforming how early career artists develop, and recognises the relevance & benefit of independent artist led training. We are so excited to find and meet exceptional artists and support them as they step out.”

Milk Presents  (That’s us)

Scroll down to read more about the two strands of Making An Entrance and how you can get involved.

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We are looking to work with four apprentices, for seven weeks each, specialising in directing and producing. The apprentice will shadow company members alongside professional projects, learning tangible skills for working in the independent theatre sector and have the opportunity to develop their own projects.

A national call out for apprentices will open in Feb 2020.

Who’s it for?:

  • LQBTQIA+ indentifying artists aged 18+ who are resident in the UK, and who have not entered higher education (University, BA, MA etc).
  • Folx with additional access needs – we encourage you to apply.
  • We can help support child care costs if this is a barrier as well.
  • We actively encourage applications from QTIPOC artists.
  • We have provision to respond to access needs on an individual basis.

Note: You don’t need loads of experience – just a commitment to making performance and enthusiasm to get involved.

“From the apprenticeship I was able to gain a better understanding of what it means the create a show. Young queer people don’t get enough opportunities, let alone paid ones, so this is important to help them both develop as artists and people. I learnt so much about both the theatre world and queer culture that I wasn’t exposed to and wouldn’t have been from where I live and grew up. Being a black queer woman I don’t always get to be exposed to this amazing colourful community that I’m so proud to be apart of. I can’t thank Milk enough for taking me on the road and shaping me into an out loud and proud creative”

Prime, Company Apprentice, BULLISH Tour 2019

If you have any questions then give us a shout:

Twitter – @MilkPresents

Email – ruby@milkpresents.com

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This is an opportunity for a wide group of UK, early career artists to develop intensive and specialised skills via our paid rural residential retreat: Summer Summit. Hosted in collaboration with The HopBarn, this is a meeting of minds in the middle of the Midlands. Summer Summit is a weekend festival where you can slay new skills and build your queer family – it’s camp (there will be camping…)

Applications for Summer Summit will open in April 2020.

Who’s it for?:

  • LQBTQIA+ identifying folx over 18yrs old in the first five years of their professional career as an artist.
  • Folx with additional access needs – we encourage you to apply. We have provision to respond to access needs on an individual basis.
  • We can help support child care costs if this is a barrier as well.
  • We actively encourage applications from QTIPOC artists
  • We have provision to respond to access needs on an individual basis.

“The HopBarn Centre for Music and Creative Performance is really excited to support Milk Presents with Summit Summit in September 2020. As a venue, The HopBarn can provide a rural retreat to visiting artists and companies, offering an ideal space with on-site accommodation for intense periods of creativity, spawning new ideas and new thinking towards artistic practice. This given opportunity, in supporting Milk Presents with the running of this programme, fulfills the key priorities and ambitions that The HopBarn has in contributing to developing new theatre, music and dance. We are equally excited by the prospect of the intensive workshop weekend being delivered to diverse artists from the LGBTQIA+ community”

The HopBarn (That’s where the Summer Summit is taking place)

If you have any questions then give us a shout:

Twitter – @MilkPresents

Email – ruby@milkpresents.com

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