Catalyst 2020

Catalyst is the cornerstone of our commitment to new writing for the theatre.

We are on the lookout for early-career playwrights and directors aged 18 – 25 to join us for two intensive weeks, from 23 March – 3 April. You will be working with professional actors, and directing and writing mentors to create new work, with extracts to be presented as part of Alchymy Festival 2020.

This is a free residency, with accommodation and all meals provided.

How to Apply


Selection is by application, script submission and interview.

Download Catalyst Writers Application Form


Selection is by application and interview.

Download Catalyst Directors Application Form

Application Deadline: 3 January 2020
Longlist: 3 February
Shortlist Announced: 17 February
Director Interviews: 18 – 19 February
Playwright Interviews: 20 – 21 February
Catalyst Residency: 23 March – 3 April
Alchymy Festival: 3 – 5 April

Please note that all interviews will take place via Skype and you will not be required to travel to Oxford.

For further information, please download Information for Catalyst Applicants document.

Email your completed application form to our participation and projects officer, Abie Walton, on

ArtsLab Graduates say:

“It’s been so great to forge new connections and collaborations… Working so intensively with such a talented and lovely bunch of people has provided me with a new network of people that I’ll be able to collaborate with in the future, as we all grow artistically.” Catalyst Writer

“I’ve gained confidence in my skills as a director; learning from other directors and actors that I am good at running a rehearsal room has given me the impetus to carry on and to keep pushing to reach the next stage in my career.”  Catalyst Director

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