Next Generation

Next Generation is our programme to support young artists entering the theatre industry.

We are committed to providing opportunities and training which will help to develop skills, talent and knowledge of the industry.

We recognise that the creative industries can sometimes seem closed. It is our aim to make our industry accessible to young artists from all backgrounds.

We aim to pay young artists and provide employment and training opportunities to aid their developments.

Opportunities to get involved include:

Open call for scratch performances for Evolution Festival 2019

The Lyric Hammersmith are looking for short pieces to be part of an evening of scratch performances. The event is an open platform for young, emerging artists to try out new ideas in front of an audience.

The two scratch nights will be a part of our fourth emerging artists’ takeover, Evolution Festival. This year the festival puts the spotlight on women and celebrates the most exciting new work being led by them. The festival invites women to be bold, to be loud and to take up space.

Who can apply?

  • The lead creative on the project must be a woman
  • All artists on the project must be aged 18 – 25 and live in London
  • We are interested in hearing from a range of creatives (directors, writers, producers, performers etc.)

Click here to find out more and apply.


The Lyric Alumni are our members who have participated in Lyric programmes and are now training in skills of facilitation, youth support and theatre.

The Lyric Alumni are paid to support classes, perform outreach and represent the Lyric at talks and events. The Lyric Alumni are ambassadors for the work the Lyric does to develop young people and artists.  We recruit for Alumni once a year and announce the opportunity to all Lyric members.

Open Mic Nights

A chance for young producers to programme and produce their own performance nights in our studio.

All producers get access to space, support and mentoring from the Lyric team.

If you are interested in hosting a night, email:


Insights into the industry, expanding your knowledge of plays and texts, support with skills and technique.

Our Masterclasses run all year round in different areas, often in response to our members’ requests. Got something you want to develop or know about? Let us know.