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Get Involved...

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The show doesn't stop when the curtain comes down... in fact, the party has just begun.

We're obsessive about talent development. We want to cultivate Greater Manchester as a hub of LGBTQ+ creative and cultural excellence and we’re passionate about developing LGBTQ+ creatives, producers and backstage crew through our programme First Dibs.

We also love our community. Through workshops, exhibitions, debates, short films, mentorship schemes and post-show events, we seek to improve LGBTQ+ community cohesion by bringing different people together through creative collaboration.

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LGBTQ+ Inclusive Creative Talent Development

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We're not saying it's an exclusive club, but you've got to be on the list be in the know about our opportunities. 

Being in the database has other benefits - we'll forward opportunities from our partners, and offer free tickets to shows, workshops and networking events too.

Scroll down for more detail about the Summer/Autumn 2024 programme

Talent Development
Join our Talent Development Database
First Dibs is for LGBTQ+ people* over 18 who live and work in Greater Manchester.** Please declare the following:

Thanks for applying to our Talent Development Database. We'll get back to you soon.

*We ask people to declare this as our spaces are promoted as LGBTQ+ inclusive. We acknowledge the acronym LGBTQ+ is not perfect (you may be new on your gender or sexual identity journey, or prefer different terms), but we ask all participants to acknowledge that Dibby operates LGBTQ+ inclusive spaces by checking this box.


**We acknowledge not everyone has address security - if your current postcode is outside of GM, we ask that you only sign up if you consider GM to be your primary base of work, or you intend to return to the region soon. 

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Find out more about each strand of the programme below


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First Dib Programme


If you have any access needs please email - we're a friendly bunch and we'll do our very best to make you feel supported and welcome.

1 hour 1-2-1 drop-in Surgery sessions


Are you an LGBTQ+ freelance theatre creative or majority LGBTQ-led start-up or collective in Greater Manchester? Feel like your career is treading water? Unsure of the next step to make your next project a reality?

Our Link Up 1-2-1 surgery sessions offer an opportunity for LGBTQ+ creatives, producers, and backstage crew to brush up their CV, or portfolio, create an action plan for a project, or set some career goals with a professional mentor.

You can meet us in person or complete your 1 hour session online, oh, and did we mention… it's completely free to access? We'll even cover the cost of public transport in Greater Manchester!

Next Link Up Sessions: Thursday 1 August (sessions between 10am and 6pm)

A place to connect, network and socialise

Are you an LGBTQ+ freelance theatre maker or majority LGBTQ-led start up or collective in Greater Manchester? Feeling isolated by freelance life? Want to connect, network and socialise with other like-minded LGBTQ+ people?

Our Get Togethers are a place for LGBTQ+ freelance creatives, producers and backstage crew at all career stages to connect, network and socialise.


We'll provide structured discussions and workshops, free food and even free tickets to see a show after the event… and we'll cover the cost of public transport within Greater Manchester.

Get togethers 2024 will take place in Late August and October

Dates and times TBC

Develop your creative practice 

Are you an LGBTQ+ freelance theatre creative or majority LGBTQ-led start-up or collective in Greater Manchester? Are you desperate to develop your creative business or properly plan your next creative project but lack the time, resource and money?

Glow Up Your Creative Practice offers LGBTQ+ freelance creatives, producers and backstage crew the opportunity to 'glow up' an essential part of their creative practice.

This could be building a new website, developing a 5 year business plan, spending time researching and consulting on a potential new project… or something else you feel is essential to unlock your next career goals.


We've got 3 residencies up for grabs which include budget for up to 5 days work, essential resources, and even professional mentorship to help guide you.

New for 2024!

Residencies will take place in October

Applications will open w/comm 22 July and close 23 August


Paid talent development placements

Are you an early-stage career LGBTQ+ creative, producer or backstage crew member in Greater Manchester? Or perhaps you’re established but want to learn a new skill, diversify your portfolio, or switch lanes?


Our programme of paid talent development offers creative skills development, project placements and entry-level job opportunities to help LGBTQ+ people step up in their creative careers.

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Community Outreach

Community Outreach

Communty-led creative outreach programmes

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In Equal Parts

community-led creative outreach project tackling HIV stigma and Shame

Part of our award-winning show First Time and delivered in partnership with HIV charity George House Trust.

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