Stage One Bursary Scheme

Bursary scheme for outstanding new commercial theatre producers

Open Until:

Posted: 10/03/2022

Bursary scheme provides financial and practical assistance to
outstanding new commercial theatre producers with a view to furthering
their careers. The scheme aims to facilitate and encourage the
development of the next generation of commercial theatre producers.

The bursary awards provide financial assistance to new producers by
contributing towards the costs of the productions and/or to enable them
to have their subsistence paid whilst they concentrate on developing
projects, and/or for helping with the costs of professional fees. The
bursary provides an experienced practitioner as mentor, and may also, in
some circumstances, provide shared office space in central London for a
limited period.

1.) Financial Award – Producers granted a bursary will be awarded a sum of up to £15,000 for assistance with any combination of:

  • Company set-up
  •  A contribution to financing the productions/ workshops /try outs
  •  Subsistence and expenses for the duration of the project/s (limited amount)
  •  Direct payment of professional fees (e.g lawyers, accountants)

2.) Mentoring – An experienced producer or general
manager will be appointed by the Bursary Panel as a mentor for the
duration of the bursary. The mentor will be available for reasonable
consultation, tracking progress, approve all costs and expenses claimed
and report back to the panel at the end of the bursary.

3.) Office Space – A shared office space in London may
also be available for periods offered and agreed by Stage One.
Applicants should state on their application form whether this would be
of interest and benefit.

Further qualifying criteria;

  • The Bursaries are intended for individuals who have some experience of
    theatre producing and have a firm commitment to pursue it as a career.
  • It is essential that Applicants show how a bursary award would develop
    their producing career and at what stage their production/s are in
  • The project/s must be related to live performance but applications are
    considered for a variety of activities (e.g workshops, try-out,
    development, research).
  • Stage One is endeavouring to develop and support the next generation
    of commercial theatre producers and therefore may give preference to
    applications which have more than one project in development.
  • Applicants should have ideally (but not essentially) attended the Stage One workshop held annually
  • The Bursary is separate to the Stage One investment scheme in which investments are made in productions on a commercial basis.
This is the second and final round for 2014, and will be open for applications on Wednesday 9th July until 10.00am on Wednesday 20th August.

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