Hull Truck Theatre announces new Grow Artists-In-Residence

Hull Truck Theatre announces new Grow Artists-In-Residence

GROW is Hull Truck Theatre’s artist development programme for artists at any age in their career, it exists to provide branches of opportunities and strong roots to support exciting new performances. Artists-In-Residence is a new branch within the Grow programme and we are delighted to announce the three local artists who will be the first to benefit from the scheme.

Kerrie L Marsh, Josie Davies and Jake Marsden are the successful applicants and will be Hull Truck Theatre’s Artists-In-Residence 2019/20. They will receive a £1,000 bursary, a year-long mentoring programme and the opportunity to share work at our Grow Festival/Season in 2020. They will also have access to our spaces and resources throughout the year, welcomed as part of the Hull Truck Theatre team as they develop their artistic practice.

The scheme has been made possible through funding from the IWHM Bernard Butler Trust Grant, whose investment enables the nurture and development of local talent.


More information about each of the Artists-In-Residence below:


Kerrie has been involved in Performing Arts from a young age and worked hard to follow her dream to build a career in the arts. She remains a co-founder of the all-female comedy sketch group, Scarlet Lights who have performed at the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe a number of times. She has developed her passion for writing over recent years, completing her first full length play ‘The Flower Girl’ as part of a Royal Court writers’ group in association with Middle Child Hull and local Playwright Tom Wells.

It means so much to me because Truck was the first place I saw the working classes represented on stage. Where I performed as a young actor in training back in the Spring Street days and where I had one of my first paid freelance jobs as a stage manager. It has always been part of me as an artist and now I get the chance to develop, share and nurture that further.”

Kerrie L Marsh

Josie is a theatre director and maker based in Hull. She is co-Founder and Artistic Director of Feat.Theatre and makes work that interrogates questions of social or political urgency. She has presented work at a range of UK theatres including; York Theatre Royal, Stephen Joseph Theatre, and Artsdepot. As an assistant director Josie has worked with Leeds Playhouse, Middle Child and International People’s Theatre Berlin. She was the recipient of the Casting and Directing Award at National Student Drama Festival 2016 and the Stage UK Director’s Award and Camden People’s Theatre Award in 2017.

I’m thrilled to have the chance to work with Hull Truck and to learn from such a talented and generous team. The support from the artistic team will give me the opportunity to scale up my work as well as developing my skills as an artist. This is an incredible opportunity and I can’t wait to get started!

Josie Davies

Jake is a performer, writer and musician/composer with aspirations to be a maker more broadly, interested in how solo performance and autobiography can speak to a wide variety of people. Since graduating from the University of Hull last year, he co-founded theatre company Just Club. Developing his first, self-penned show ‘Standing Too Close on Our Own in the Dark’ for performances at the Adelphi, the National Student Drama Festival and now at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He’s embarking on a journey to make uplifting performance and music which embraces everyday philosophy, self-kindness, learning and conversation.

I love the theatre’s emphasis on inclusion and diversity and it’s just the perfect place to make progressive discoveries about my work. It’s really a dream to have been offered this opportunity for development at this early stage in my career and I’ll be working really hard, learning everything I can about making work that really matters.”

Jake Marsden
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I’m really looking forward to working alongside our three new Artists-in-Residence, it’s a fantastic opportunity we have been able to offer as part of Grow 2019/2020 thanks to funding from the Bernard Butler Trust. Our commitment to developing local artists is at the heart of what we do here at Hull Truck Theatre and this initiative is a great way to showcase and support them in their theatre-making careers.”

Mark Babych, Artistic Director at Hull Truck Theatre