In order to further the development of theatre and to support a new generation of performing arts practitioners entering Latvian theatre, four theatres – Dirty Deal Teatro, Theatre Ģertrūdes ielas teātris, Rēzekne Theatre “Joriks” and Valmiera Drama Theatre – are collaborating on a joint project “The Next Shift”.

Young professionals entering the performing arts are crucial for the sustainability of the field – the young artists bring to their work the viewpoint, problems and questions of their generation, they bring new means of expression and creative solutions, as well as a younger audience. The shift from being students to working is not easy, which is why four theatres have joined their resources, knowledge and skills to create a platform where young artists can work on their first independent projects after graduating from the Latvian Academy of Culture and receive the needed support – the theatres will produce the performances, provide PR for the projects and accessibility. While working on their performances, the artists will also be taking part in a series of workshops “Think Tank” lead by dramaturgs Linda Krūmiņa and Evarts Melnalksnis. “Think Tank” is designed to be a supportive environment for the creative process and professional self-growth by promoting the acquisition of new skills and knowledge, exchange of experience, networking and developing future collaborations.

Artists who will be creating performances as part of “The Next Shift”:
 Henrijs Arājs (Valmiera Drama Theatre)
 Emīlija Berga (Theatre Ģertrūdes ielas teātris)
 Ilze Bloka (Dirty Deal Teatro)
 Ģirts Dubults (Theatre Ģertrūdes ielas teātris)
 Mārtiņš Gūtmanis (Dirty Deal Teatro)
 Anna Klišāne un Jurģis Lūsis (Dirty Deal Teatro)
 Klāvs Kristaps Košins (Rēzekne Theatre “Joriks”)
 Gundega Rēdere (Theatre Ģertrūdes ielas teātris)

Project “The Next Shift” is financially supported by the State Culture Capital Foundation’s programme “KultūrElpa”.


JSC “Development Finance Institution Altum” supports the European Social Fund project “Support for Social Entrepreneurship” No. 9.1.1.3/15/I/001.