What is LAUNCH?

A professional development programme for emerging theatre makers delivered in partnership with the Unity Theatre, Liverpool. Our aim is to equip emerging artists, theatre makers and brand new companies with the right tools to enable them to launch a career in the arts. Scroll down for more and to meet the LAUNCH Academy for 2018/19…

LAUNCH Academy

Make your own future A free, part-time, 6 month programme of professional development for up to 10 emerging artists or companies covering everything from finance and marketing, to developing your own project. The Academy includes a wide range of artist-led workshops, networking and mentoring opportunities, as well a £200 training budget and access to free creative space.

Applications open: Summer 2019

LAUNCH Trainees

Sharpen your skills Emerging professionals can get a chance to sharpen their skills in paid trainee roles in areas such as directing, producing or designing. Each year we offer 1-2 emerging artists the chance to train alongside the staff team at 20 Stories High.

LAUNCH Projects

Do your own thing Once in the Academy, artists or companies can submit their project ideas to be commissioned. The successful applicants will then get a chance to see their project realised. Each successful commission receives up to £3,000 towards their project as well as support and development from the 20 Stories High team.

Meet the LAUNCH Academy 2018

Steph Peet – Community Theatre Maker

Steph is a graduate in Community Drama from LIPA, Liverpool. She is passionate about delivering drama, art, writing and music workshops with a political or social drive. She is co-founder of Unorthodox Theatre, a company that produces verbatim theatre on taboo subjects.

Amina Atiq –  Spoken Word Artist and Activist

Amina is a Yemeni-Scouse writer, spoken-word performer and activist with a keen interest in identity and politics. She has been involved in national and international projects with organisations such as Routes and Routes International, Ice and Fire Theatre and The Arab Arts Festival. She has been involved in national and international projects with organisations such as Routes and Routes International, Ice and Fire Theatre and The Arab Arts Festival. She aspires to work with young people helping to support them on their own creative journeys.

Chris Maylor – Beat Boxer and Multidisciplinary Artist

Chris a multi-disciplinary artist with two main passions: beat boxing and design. Under the stage name Renegrade, Chris is an experienced beat box performer and a UK Beatbox Championships  Solo and Tag-team Semi Finalist.  With a degree in Illustration Animation and experience in printing, stop motion animation, puppet making and set design, Chris aspires to merge his two art-forms as he forges his career in the arts.

Paislie Reid – Young People’s Theatre Maker

Paislie is performer from Liverpool who began her career as a child actor in CITV show The New Worst Witch. Since this early television debut she has had a lucrative acting career that has included performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Frantic Assembly, Open Clasp, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and Action Transport. Outside of acting, she has experience in youth work and wants to create new and exciting theatre with and for young people.

Raven Radha – Multidisciplinary Artist

Raven is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Liverpool. She recently created a film for the British Council called ‘The Republic of Liverpool’. She has professionally performed and worked as a spoken word artist and writer for a number of years. Her aim is to inform, empower and inspire people and communities through conscious creative expression.

Meg McFarlane – Theatre Director

Meg is a theatre director who developed her passion at Collective Encounters Youth Theatre. With a degree in Creating Performance from the University of Central Lancashire, she now co-runs Jack of all Trades Theatre Company and aims to re-tell historical tales in an entertaining and affordable manner for marginalised audiences.

Kitchen Sink – Young People’s Theatre Company

Kitchen Sink is a creative youth driven organisation based in the heart of Liverpool. Run by co-artistic directors Abby Melia and Bradley Thompson with the tagline: ‘Real Stories by Real People’ they facilitate, create and devise new work based on real life stories and experiences. They currently run the Epstein Youth Theatre (ages 14-19) and the Epstein Younger Theatre (ages 10-13).

Joe Taylor – Spoken Word Artist

Joe is an up and coming spoken word artist from Liverpool. He likes to write poetry that is easy to understand and that is inspired by personal experience. He hopes that his work helps people to reflect on both personal and global issues.

Anita Welsh – Poet and Artist

Anita is a poet from Liverpool. She is passionate about supporting emerging artists to develop their artistic practise into successful careers. She is currently Community Engagement Associate and a Board Member for 20 Stories High and her long-term ambition is to develop a book of poetry for parents and children.