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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

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.

 

Sign up to our talent development database using the form below or scroll down for more.

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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

First Dib Programme

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

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Are you an early-stage career LGBTQ+ creative, producer, backstage crew member 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?

 

Surgery Sessions offer an opportunity for LGBTQ+ creatives, producers, and backstage crew from Greater Manchester to brush up their CV, portfolio, or website, or set some career goals with a member of the Dibby Theatre team.

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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.

Develop your creative practice 

Are you an early-stage career LGBTQ+ creative, producer, backstage crew member 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 Glow Up Develop Your Creative Practice offers micro grant and mentorship to support you in your career development or progression.

A place to connect, network and socialise

Are you an LGBTQ+ creative, producer or backstage crew member or majority LGBTQ-led start up or collective in Greater Manchester? Want to connect, network and socialise with other like-minded LGBTQ+ people?

 

Our Get Togethers include network events, industry chats, socials and free tickets for shows to help the LGBTQ+ creative workforce to thrive.

Join our database to get updates on First Dibs
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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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