Theatre ‘Production Jam’ Risks Creating a Lost Generation of Young Artists, European Directors Warn

Leading theatre directors in Europe are warning that the pandemic shutdowns are not only threatening the long-term viability of theatres—they are also seriously risking the development of the new generation of theatre artists.

Speaking on behalf of 44 major theatres around Europe, the board of the European Theatre Convention (ETC) has stressed that the theatre ‘production jam’ effect—caused by postponing or cancelling an entire season of performances—will all but eradicate the time and space for young artists to perform, direct, and develop on Europe’s stages “for the next 3-5 years”.

The statement comes as theatres across Europe continue to cancel activities through April 2021 in anticipation of a lack of access to audiences. This would mark 14 months of cancellations since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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European Theatre Convention (ETC)

As the largest network of public theatres in Europe, the ETC has 42 European Members from over 25 countries, reflecting the diversity of Europe’s vibrant cultural sector. Founded in 1988, the ETC promotes European theatre as a vital platform for dialogue, democracy and interaction that responds to, reflects and engages with today’s diverse audiences and changing societies. 

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