Despite being away from our usual home of the Theatre Royal Haymarket since March, we’ve been able to offer a programme packed with events & creative opportunities. There have been 21 Masterclasses (covering a range of topics from acting to writing and directing to producing), 10 ‘Coffee with Creative’ sessions, 18 Script Sessions, one call-out for Pitch Your Play entries, a Q&A in partnership with Royal & Derngate Theatre, a few ticket giveaways and one month full of TheatreCraft throwbacks - phew!

We’ve covered playwrights throughout the ages, starting off the year with Director Stephen Unwin - who led a masterclass on Noel Coward - and have since covered Joe Orton with Nick Bagnall, had a Shakespeare double-bill with Emma Whipday and Rupert Wickham, and gave you the opportunity to ask Simon Stephens any burning questions during his Instagram Live.
 
Emerging playwrights had the opportunity to share their work with us through the return of our Pitch Your Play competition, which opened for submissions  in April. We received a whopping 187 entries, which kept the Masterclass team busy during those long days of the first lockdown. We have since whittled those down to our shortlist  of six plays (more to come from those in the New Year). A huge thank you to everyone who sent in a script, we were once again blown away by the standard of writing from our talented Masterclass Members.
 
2020 was our first year to feature a full programme of ‘Coffee with Creative’ sessions, which give Masterclass Members direct access to young creatives (and Masterclass alumni!) who have entered the industry and thrived.  

Just tuned into @alexjamesturner on the @Masterclasstrh Instagram live and it was BRILLIANT! Really interesting questions and great advice for new producers (as proven by my 4 pages of notes) Thanks so much for a great chat!
- @ErinConnor32

Of course, none of this would be possible without the generosity of the talented industry experts who give their time to host our Masterclass sessions. It has been a challenging time for everybody in the industry, and we hope that for those 90-minutes we have been able to offer a glimmer of hope, some encouraging words and, if nothing else, a welcome distraction.  

We have exciting things lined up for 2021 - so watch this space! Make sure you’re following us on social media and sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear about upcoming opportunities and events.  
 
From all of us at Masterclass - have a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!


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