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Our Associates

Our Artistic Advisory Group is made up of a group of artists with a wide range of experiences, who advise us in our pursuit of artistic excellence.

Artistic Advisory Group

The aim of the group is to benefit both SJT and our audiences. Our audiences benefit from new creative and artistic ideas while we benefit from strategic advice on everything from talent development and programming to creative work in the community and collaborations with outside artists.

The group meet with the objectives of:

  • Sharing best practice from across the industry – members are working at theatres around the country and can update us on current trends and ways of working, making sure SJT stays in touch with the wider industry.

  • Providing feedback on our strategy, programming and projects – this is useful in planning artistic work but also in having input on all aspects of the theatre’s work, from improving access to ideas about our social media presence. 

  • Providing programming ideas – the group has its own networks across the industry and is able to bring new shows, companies and artists to our attention, allowing us to consider a wider range of possible programming choices for our audience.

Group members

We recruited artists working in a range of disciplines and with a range of life experiences, whose artistic work we find particularly exciting. We also made sure at least half of the group have previous experience of working at the SJT and/or living in Scarborough, and for almost all of the group to have substantial previous experience of working in Yorkshire.

We’re also fortunate that we can draw on the support of our two brilliant Associate Companies. Find out more about them below.


COAST is a group of arts and cultural organisations along the North Yorkshire coast that work to support children and young people to fulfil their creative potential and access high-quality cultural experiences where they live, where they go to school, and where they spend their free time.


ARCADE is a charitable community producing company based in Scarborough and Bridlington, led by Rach Drew and Sophie Drury-Bradey. Their mission is to make incredible cultural experiences happen with artists and communities​, to support the community to develop creativity and ideas and collaborate to make community-led change happen using the arts.

"We can’t wait to work with the SJT to make some extraordinary community-led projects and shows happen. We’ll be asking our local community what they want, and also supporting both local and national artists to work within the town and borough."

Sophie Drury-Bradey and Rach Drew, Co-Directors of ARCADE


VOXED is a multi-disciplinary company, working in live and digital spaces. They create high-quality theatrical experiences that blend the worlds of dance, theatre, TV and film. They create space for creativity, for movement, for sharing and storytelling in works that shine a light on the world we live in.

"As a dance theatre company with a focus on new writing, we could not feel happier about partnering with the SJT, who, for a long time now, have had a commitment to new writing in the North. We are aligned on our vision to facilitate meaningful relationships with audiences and participants alike, and we’re pleased to be able to partner with the SJT to help us better serve audiences and participants across the North."

Wayne Parsons, Founder and Artistic Director of VOXED

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