Three of the UK’s leading theatres have joined forces to create the Naseem Khan Commissions, an ambitious new initiative to support artists of colour.

“Theatre mattered enormously to Naseem because she understood the transformative power of shared storytelling and collective experiences. Stories reflect and shape cultural identity and in these times of change, it’s vital that new story tellers emerge and flourish. This award does exactly that. We can’t wait to see what new talent is unlocked.” – Naseem Khan’s daughter Amelia Torode

The theatres, Leicester’s Curve, The Lowry in Salford and Bristol Old Vic Ferment, are looking for three ethnically diverse artists or companies to apply for the programme, which will support the creation and touring of brand new work.

The deadline to apply for the Naseem Khan Commissions is the 28th of September at 10am, with interviews taking place in Leicester at Curve on the 19th of October.

Artists looking to apply can send a completed application form, together with a CV/biography and a max 500 word statement on the show you would like to use this support to make; or alternatively a YouTube/Vimeo link to a 2 minute video on the same theme.

All applications must be sent via Email. For more information or to download an application form, visit

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