Bursary scheme that aims to encourage the professional development of individual artists in Scotland by supporting a directorial attachment to an established theatre company.
Bursaries are paid at a stipend of £350 per week.
In addition to the bursary, successful applicants will be awarded reasonable travel and accommodation expenses where the placement takes place more than 30 miles one way from their home address.
This is an educational bursary and is therefore tax free.
The Federation for Scottish Theatre (FST) is the development body for professional dance, opera and theatre in Scotland. It works to bring the sector closer together to speak with a collective voice, to share resources and expertise and to promote collaborative working.
FST is revenue funded by Creative Scotland.
With funding from Creative Scotland, the Federation of Scottish Theatre Assistant Director Bursary aims to encourage the professional development of individual artists in Scotland by supporting a directorial attachment to an established theatre company. The objective of the scheme is to develop the director as a creative artist and to encourage the adoption of best practice.
The scheme operates as a partnership between the applicant and the host theatre company: applications must be made jointly.
Applicants are encouraged to identify and approach potential hosts independently, however FST does hold a list of members who are, in principle, willing to assist directors. FST also hold a list of individuals who are interested in the programme. Please note that individuals are welcome to apply with hosts that are not on this list and no priority is given to those applying with hosts identified on the list.
A company and an assistant can work together for a minimum of three and a maximum of 12 weeks full time equivalent. Typically, awards are for 6-9 weeks but applications for 12 weeks will be considered where there is a strong rationale for this amount of time. Weeks need not be consecutive.
Applications must be jointly developed; separate applications from individuals and host companies will not be accepted.
Proposed placements should not start within four weeks of the closing date. Productions must be finished by the end of March 2018.
Applications are welcomed from a range of creative practitioners at different stages of their professional career. Priority will be given to established producers, although emerging producers may apply. Producers employed full time in Foundation, Flexibly and other long-term funded companies are eligible to participate.
Hosts may be freelance or a company and can be based in Scotland, the rest of the UK or working internationally. FST are happy to accept applications from producers to carry out placements across a number of host organisations. Hosts can be funded on any basis.
Hosts are required to make a commitment of a percentage of the total bursary cost as outlined below:
- FST full or individual members: 15% from host, 85% from FST (host - £52.50 per week plus 15% expenses).
- FST associate members: 20% from host, 80% from FST (host - £70 per week plus 20% expenses).
- Non-members: 25% from host, 75% from FST (host - £87.50 per week plus 25% expenses).
Costs associated with the placement.
This scheme is now closed. The last deadline for applications was 19 September 2016. Details of any future rounds will be given once available.
Applications should be a maximum of two A4 pages and must be a joint application from the potential assistant and their host company.
The application should demonstrate/include:
- evidence of the assistant's commitment to Scottish theatre;
- evidence of the assistant's desire to be a director;
- a strong rationale for the partnership, with a focus on the respective artistic and creative vision of both host and assistant - a statement from both parties outlining this is required;
- a statement about why undertaking a bursary with this particular host is a clear expansion of the experience of the assistant;
- detail on how the placement will extend the assistant's knowledge of directing approaches;
- a clear outline of how the host company will integrate the assistant into the creative process;
- an articulation of how the assistant will be supported during the placement including supervision and coaching/mentoring;
- a timeline for the bursary period highlighting duration planned for key areas/tasks; and
- a budget indicating the total cost for the bursary which breaks down the weekly stipend plus travel and accommodation expenses.