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Springboard is our flagship training programme for theatre's future artists. 

Applications are now closed for Springboard, our FREE part-time training programme that aims to find, shape, inspire, champion and sustain the next generation of performers from underrepresented backgrounds.

This groundbreaking two-year programme is a major new performance pathway into employment designed specifically to support young people aged 18-25yrs who live in West London, have zero to little formal drama training and are currently underrepresented in theatre.

Each year, 10 new trainees will be enrolled in the two-year programme, benefitting from a bursary that will support them while they take part in a wide range of development initiatives including performances, workshops, masterclasses, artist development and opportunities both on and off the stage.

Trainees will receive hundreds of engagement opportunities over the two-year programme. They will learn from leading industry practitioners in masterclasses led by each Main House director in the Lyric’s 2022 and 2023 seasons, including: Michael Buffong, Atri Banerjee, Clare Lizzimore and Ola Ince for 2022; Lyric Artistic Associates Nina Steiger, Tinuke Craig, Tanika Gupta, Philip McMahon and Good Teeth; and the Lyric’s Associate Director Nicholai La Barrie and Artistic Director Rachel O’Riordan.


“Springboard is a bold new initiative at Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. It speaks to our profound commitment to equity of opportunity, and builds on our long and influential history of talent development. Springboard is a focused and immersive two-year programme for young people from West London. It is for those people who might slip through the net; whose talent might go unseen, undeveloped, uncelebrated.

The 10 young people per year who we select will have an experience like no other; they will be able to learn in a working theatre; to feel comfortable in this space; to train as an actor in an environment which acknowledges that to be an actor, takes enormous strength and resilience. They will be challenged, supported and included in the life of this great theatre.’  – Rachel O’Riordan, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre Artistic Director.

“We are delighted to announce Springboard , our new and unique free training programme that nurtures the next generation of performers through unrivalled theatre-based training in their journey from participant to professional. Springboard
has been created with young people at its core, whose experiences have helped in the curation and design of this programme, addressing the needs of the industry today. We are throwing open our artistic doors to young talent, providing our Springboard trainees with full access and development opportunities both on and off stage, in order to represent and sustain theatre’s future.” – Rob Lehmann, Director of Young Lyric.





  • Applicants must be aged 18-25 from the programme start date
    (10 January 2022).
  • Have zero to little little formal drama training.
  • Live in one of the eligible West London boroughs – Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, Richmond upon Thames, Wandsworth and Westminster.
  • The Lyric encourages applicants to apply who are from the Global Majority, not in education or training, who are non-binary,  LGBTQIA+ and who are d/Deaf or disabled.




  • Please note, applications are now closed.
  • Eligible applicants will receive an audition pack and will be invited for auditions on 09 December, followed by a second round on 13 December 2021.


SPRINGBOARD is kindly supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Emmanuel Kaye Foundation who have helped to launch the programme through funding over the next three years for 30 trainees.