Help us find a new name!

We’ve thought about “Friends of Oldham Theatre Workshop” but want something a bit shorter, brighter and creative – what do you think?

Just fill in the box below with your suggestion. A shortlist of names will be chosen by the team and then put out to a poll on our social media channels. The new name will be launched in December 2020!

Go on… give it a go. You could be part of OTW history!

Friends Of Oldham Theatre workshop

Welcome to the Friends Of Oldham Theatre Workshop page. We are a group people committed to supporting and helping develop the work of Oldham Theatre Workshop. We are independent of the theatre company and run solely by volunteers.

Our objectives are:-

To promote, develop and support the work of Oldham Theatre Workshop.

To advance opportunity for all members of Oldham Theatre Workshop interested in a career (or involvement) in theatre or related fields regardless of socioeconomic status.

To develop and maintain a bursary scheme providing the funding for people to participate in Oldham Theatre Workshop activities who, for whatever reason might not otherwise be able to.

To support the professional development of individuals identified by the core OTW team through, mentoring and financial assistance. 

To help meet and exceed peoples ever-growing expectations of Oldham Theatre Workshop.

To help meet the growing artistic ambitions of Oldham Theatre Workshop through the funding of additional creative artists on key projects and productions.

To help ensure the specific technical equipment required to maintain a high quality offer is kept up to date and in line with industry standards.

To advocate the value of  Applied Theatre in a specifically multi-cultural inner urban environment.

To deliver a fundraising strategy, apply for grants and funding that otherwise precludes local authority services in the pursuance of the above objectives.

Friends In The Know!

We will shortly be launching our ‘Friends Of Oldham Theatre Workshop’ organisation. You can register your email address below if you would like to be one of the first to become a friend.

We’ll notify you as soon as we launch!

Meet The Trustees

Chair: Stephen O'Hagan

Stephen is currently Head of Operations at north Manchester Community Interest Company Yes Manchester – an organisation with three centres and an on-line presence supporting people into work and training. He has worked  in the social housing and regeneration sector for over 30 years in a variety of roles in the north west. Stephen takes a keen interest in the cultural life of Oldham and has attended numerous Oldham Theatre Workshop productions over more than 15 years.

Secretary: Jennifer Edmondson

Jen is a Mancunian born and bred and now lives in South Manchester with her husband and two of her three children.  She is a keen supporter of Manchester community charities and can often be heard expressing her views on parenting on BBC Radio 5 Live as well as other radio networks.

Jen got involved with Oldham Theatre Workshop in 2015 when her daughter joined the cast of Eyam and has remained involved ever since, often to be found backstage chaperoning, fettling costumes or doing prop jigsaws.

Treasurer: Clive Stubbings

I was born in London but have been resident in Manchester for over 20 years now.  I married a local girl and I love it here.

I have spent the last thirty-something years in the IT industry but my first love are the Arts, especially Music and Theatre.  As well as the joy they bring and their window on what it is to be human, they have a transformative power in the hands of organisations such as OTW which I have been very impressed with over the last few years that I have known and been involved in their work.

©2017 Oldham Theatre Workshop.
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