London Associate Artists and Companies

Offering practical support to theatre artists and companies in London

Our London Associate Artists are testament to the sheer breadth and diversity of theatre we support here at Pleasance

Applications are open to everyone! All we ask is that you are theatre makers/writers, based within the capital and can clearly demonstrate how being a London Associate will provide the transformative tools to enable you to take your work and craft to the next level.

All of our Associate Artists benefit from being part of one of London and Edinburgh’s most exciting theatres, renowned for its mission of providing a platform for the talent of the future. London Associate Artists also benefit from:

  • 100% subsidised rehearsal space.
  • Work and meeting space.
  • Practical Mentoring.

Aside from supporting our London Associate Artists with space, mentoring and other opportunities, they are also welcomed into the Pleasance community. In return our London Associate Artists acts as ambassadors for Pleasance, actively engaging with the theatre, the artists we support and our programme of work.

  • Submissions to be a Pleasance London Associate Artist for our 2022-24 cohort are now closed.
  • Applicationsfor 2023 will openin December 2022. 

2020-21 London Associate Artists

Nouveau Riche

Spies Like Us

Bric a Brac

Burnt Lemon 

Paula Varjack

Ginger Johnson


2019-20 London Associate Artists

Figs in Wigs


Silent Faces

Fran Bushe

Kat Woods

Wound Up


Artist Testimony

  • 'Being a Pleasance London Associate has been crucial in our progression as a company over hte past fwe years. The Pleasance team have held us up, cheered us on and really really know their stuff!' Silent Faces
  • 'Being a Pleasance London Associates has been a fantastic opportunity and experience for us. The programme has given us access to incredible opportunities in London and Edinburgh. From professional development advice, equipment hire, small cash injections, marketing boosts and a fast track into programming discussions for London and Edinburgh, it really has been an incredibly supportive and generous programme. Above all we’ve developed a personal releationship with the fantastic team at the Pleasance who go above and beyond to provide opportunities for emerging artists.' Wildcard Theatre Company
  • 'Being an Associate Artist at the Pleasance has allowed me to regain confidence in my work as a writer. Without their constant support, mentorship validation, encouragement and accidental counselling I feel like I would have completely stalled creatively. The patience and care that the whole team have shown in facilitating my needs has been second to none and one that I will never forget.' Kat Woods
  • 'Being a London Associate has been an invaluable step in our careers. The team at Pleasance generously tuned into our personal goals and helped them flourish. On top of that, it's a fantastic networking opportunity!' Burnt Lemon 
  • 'Being an Associate Artist with the Pleasance for the past year has been one of the best things to happen to us as a company. The team are so supportive in terms of donating their time in the form of reading applications and offering mentoring support as well as generously helping with rehearsal space. They have helped us interrogate our work and focus as a company which has in turn made us more ambitious and driven. It is also such an honour to be part of a brilliant collective of companies which has been invaluable in terms of sharing knowledge and broadening our horizons. We feel very lucky to have another year on this programme and encourage others to take advantage and apply!' Bric a Brac Theatre
  • 'Being an Associate Artist with the Pleasance has been a lifeline to my practice in the last 18 months, and a major support as we establish ourselves as a a new company in a crazy time.' Paula Varjack
  • 'Being a Pleasance Associate Artist gave me the reassuring feeling that someone in the industry always had my back. It's great to know that there is always somewhere to turn to with questions about funding, development and venues when and if I need it.' Fran Bushe
  • 'Being Pleasance Associate Artists is the most pleasant experience we've ever had! For some reason they've let us Little Wimmin into their Main House and we're presently feeling very at home here and supported.' Figs in Wigs
  • 'After giving Wound Up its first professional transfer, becoming Associate Artists of The Pleasance has been an amazing leap forward for our company. To enjoy the validation that comes from having London's premier Fringe Theatre invite you in to become part of the furniture has been incredible and a huge honor. We've just been invited back for our second year, have amazingly exciting things in the pipeline with the team and couldn't be more thrilled!' Matthew Greenhough, Wound Up
The application form attached below is only for reference purposes, all applications should be submitted through the form above. Unfortunately you aren't able to save the form, as such we advise preparing answers in a word document and copying over.


PDF icon Pleasance London Associate Artist Application 2022 (REFERENCE ONLY).pdf

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