Creative Talent Programme Artists announced

After receiving a number of high quality applications, the panel chose three companies/artists who demonstrated talent, ambition and determination. The selected artists are:
Sculptress Theatre: A ground-breaking theatre company that explores and re-defines traditional narratives
“We are so excited to be part of the next batch of Creative Talent companies! We have seen the amazing journeys that other companies, like Dumbshow, have had, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for us.” – Germma Orleans-Thompson and Alisha Artry (Co-Artistic Directors)

Sculptress Theatre was borne out of frustration and hope. We are part of the new wave of theatre-makers who break conventions and norms, who explore and redefine traditional narratives.

We have heard and used the term ‘black theatre’ to refer to any piece of theatre that discusses race. But we don’t want to make ‘black’ theatre. We just want to make theatre, and be unapologetically black whilst doing so.

Sculptress Theatre is a place for dreamers and exceptional individuals to share their truth. We create work that is political and nuanced by simply existing on a stage, and we can’t wait for you to join us on it.

What is Written Dance Company: An award winning dance company, based in Kingston, who bring different artists together and embody diversity by fusing contemporary principles with urban movement
“We are incredibly grateful for this opportunity and I am excited about working closely with an organisation that actually cares about the artist!” – Jean Pierre Nyamangunda (Co-Artistic Director)

What Is Written Dance Company was founded by artistic directors and choreographers Viviana Rocha and Jean Pierre Nyamangunda. Formed as a platform to bring different artists together, the company embodies diversity by fusing contemporary principles with an urban movement.  The choreography encompasses raw and commanding movement to create visually striking work.

What Is Written Dance Company delivers meaningful experiences during our performances. We believe that even though dance can change the world a little, it can change an individual’s world entirely.

Marika McKennell: A london-based scriptwriter, performer and poet, informed and inspired by her mixed heritage and the diverse cultural influences that make up her hometown.
“As an emerging artist, it means so much to feel supported and recognised. Life can get hectic. I’m excited to meet the other people on the programme and broaden my creative network”
Marika is a London based scriptwriter, performer and poet. Marika’s work is informed and inspired by her mixed heritage and the diverse cultural influences that make up her hometown. She was a Resident artist at the Roundhouse London 2017-2018, and performed her solo poetry/theatre show there July 2018. She has had her poetry and scripts performed at venues such as Sky Garden London, The Royal Court Theatre (Takeover), Shaftsbury Theatre West End, Edinburgh Fringe and Camden’s People’s Theatre. As well as performing, Marika works as a teacher and mentor in a Pupil Referral Unit in East London.
Molly Freeman, Creative Talent Programme Manager said:
“It is so exciting to be working with these incredible young people and I’m looking forward to getting to know them across the next year. I was staggered by the ambition of these artists and hope we can really help to propel them forward into the industry. Articulate, creative and hugely passionate; watch out world, the CTP artists are coming for you!”
about the Creative Talent Programme


The Creative Talent Programme identifies young and emerging artists and companies who have the potential to become excellent creative practitioners and gives them the artistic, business and strategic support to become flourishing, challenging, exciting organisations of the future. Over the course of a year, the selected companies/artists will receive funding to develop a piece of creative work, a bespoke, art form specific mentor, access to rehearsal space and office space and a series of professional development sessions.
The Creative Talent Programme 2018 – 2019 is generously supported using public funding by Arts Council England and will work in partnership with the Royal Borough of Kingston council, Kingston University, the Rose Theatre Kingston and Kingston College.