The Coliseum is committed to supporting and developing the work of artists and companies from across the region and beyond.

We run regular sessions and an annual festival focussed on theatre upskilling - Cultivate - as well as workshops and masterclasses throughout the year. Our Studio is a supportive, welcoming and playful creative environment to take work to the next level, it is available to artists at different stages of their careers and we also offer the space, when available, to artists and companies for R&D and rehearsal at no cost; we love to discover new writers and work through our two Script Submission windows - July and January - and we host annual Open Auditions.

We are proud to support four Associate Artists/Companies and three Supported Artists, who are all embedded in the Coliseum company and have access to individually tailored experiences. 

At the beginning of 2021 we launched our Micro Commissions, offering investment, support and a digital platform for seven artists and companies to create and share work; and we are supporting two artists to create performances for Pride festivals across Greater Manchester as part of Pride Stages from the Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Arts and Culture Network. 

We are proud to be part of Venues North, please download the Routes In Guide to help you approach us in the correct way if you are interested in bringing your work to our studio. 

If you’d like to invite someone from Oldham Coliseum Theatre to come and see your work please drop us a line. Before inviting us, please consider whether your work is in line with what we programme in our Studio and our artistic policy.

Find further details on all of this and more in this section.

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