Nurturing New Talent

We are proud to be a leading force in cultivating the theatre-makers of tomorrow. Our creativity and in-house skills are widely recognised, giving confidence and guidance to those starting out and providing a creative springboard for work on a larger scale.  


Our ethos is based on a sense of community. Actors, stage management and creative teams live and work on site. This enables them to develop their individual craft and explore new skills from our experienced and passionate team. This environment demands a commitment to the work that encourages a true sense of ensemble that is visible on stage.


The value of our work and our supportive ethos is further evidenced by the wide spectrum of companies and individuals who wish to work with us. The Watermill are proud to work with a select number of Associate Artists, Associate Companies and Creative Associates. These programmes have helped young emerging companies and individual artists and creatives flourish in the industry.


You can find out more about our Associate Artists, Associate Companies and Creative Associates here.


The Watermill Ensemble is another way in which we nurture emerging artists, particularly Actor-Musicians. The Ensemble was established in 2017 by Artistic and Executive Director Paul Hart to make Shakespeare more engaging and accessible. They have produced four shows Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Macbeth and A Midsummer Nights Dream.

You can find out more about The Watermill Ensemble here.


Our passion for nurturing emerging talent extends beyond those who perform on stage. We offer support and opportunities for professional development to directors, assistant directors, designers, lighting and sound designers, composers, stage management and technical staff.


We also train administration staff for careers in the arts from casting, marketing and fundraising.


Our extensive outreach programme means that we offer facilitation roles to those wishing to extend their portfolio of skills or to pursue a career in education and outreach work. Our outreach team also work closely with local young people, schools and the local community to introduce them to the world of theatre.


You can find out more about our opportunities to Take Part at The Watermill here.


The Watermill is a theatre which encourages artistic growth and development at its very core. As an emerging theatre maker, The Watermill has been instrumental to my progress and learning; it has not only provided opportunities to work with the best artists, but the team has trusted me to create my own work, and platformed that alongside established writers as an equally important part of their programming. As a place for fostering both ideas and people, The Watermill is second to none. Emerging director and writer, Jessica Swale


In addition to its work on the Associate Artist Programme, over the past year the theatre has given opportunities to 26 recent actor graduates and 4 emerging directors, with a focus on working with diverse talent. Thanks to dedicated funding from the Andrew Lloyd-Webber foundation, it has also been able to provide an opportunity for a Trainee Stage Management and Production Assistant to work alongside the professional team.


The Watermill continues to prioritise gender equal casting throughout its programme, as exemplified by the 50/50 gender split in all of its recent Shakespeare productions as part of the Watermill Ensemble productions.