Assistant Director Bursary
Round 1: 24 April 2017
Round 2: 18 September 2017
The FST Assistant Director Bursary nurtures the professional development of individual artists by supporting a directorial attachment to an established theatre company from the UK and internationally. The objective of this bursary scheme is to develop the director as a creative artist and to encourage the adoption of best practice.
The Assistant Director Bursary operates as a partnership between the applicant and host Theatre Company, any submission to the programme via the application form must be jointly developed.
We encourage applicants to identify and approach potential hosts independently but FST does hold a list of FST members who are, in principle, willing to host assistant directors. We 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 this list.
The specific nature and responsibilities of each agreement will vary and will be negotiated between the participant and the company prior to application. There is a project specification below which outlines the key elements that we seek from potential applications.
The key areas the application should demonstrate are as follows:
- Evidence of applicant’s commitment to Scottish dance, opera and theatre (as appropriate)
- A clear rationale for the partnership expressing why you have chosen to work together (we expect a statement outlining this from both parties)
- A statement about why undertaking a bursary with this particular host is a clear expansion of the experience of the applicant
- 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 applicant into the creative process, guaranteeing a high quality learning experience
- An articulation of how the applicant will be supported during the placement including supervision and coaching/mentoring
- A timeline for the bursary period highlighting duration planned for key areas/tasks
- A budget indicating the total cost for the bursary.
A company and the assistant can apply to work together for a minimum of 3 and maximum of 12 weeks full time equivalent. Please note that typically awards are for 6-9 weeks but applications for up to 12 weeks will be considered where there is a strong rationale for this amount of time. Weeks need not be consecutive.
Proposed placements should not start within 4 weeks of the closing date. Productions must be completed by the end of March 2018 (for the applications considered in September 2016).
A panel of industry professionals will evaluate all applications against the bursary criteria outlined in the Assisatnt Director Application and Guidlines form below and will select the successful recipients.
We welcome applications from a range of creative practitioners at different stages of the professional career.
FST is committed to treating all candidates equally and is keen to increase the diversity of the Scottish theatre community. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.
Host companies are required to make a commitment of a percentage of the total bursary of £350 per week:
-FST Full or Individual members: 15% from host, 85% from FST (Host: £52.50 per week + 15% expenses)
-FST Associate members: 20% from host, 80% from FST (Host: £70 per week + 20% expenses)
-Non-members: 25% from host, 75% from FST (Host: £87.50 per week + 25% expenses)
In addition to the bursary, successful applicants will be awarded reasonable travel and accommodation expenses where their placement takes place more than 30 miles one way from their home address. A percentage of this will also be contributed by the host company, as outlined above. Please note that FST requests that recipients use public transport where possible.
This is an educational bursary and is therefore tax free.
PLEASE NOTE There is now a new form to complete in order to apply for the Assistant Director Bursary and it is available to download at the bottom of this page. We also require the Assistant Director applicant to submitt an up-to- date CV with their application. Applications will NOT be considered without submitting the application form and CV.
For more information please download the document below or contact Emma Beatt on 0131 248 4842 or firstname.lastname@example.org