Producers and Assistant Director Bursaries
Round 1: 24 April 2017
Round 2: 18 September 2017
First established in 2007, FST Bursaries have been helping Scotland-based artists build up their experience by financially supporting their attachment to an established performing arts company.
The bursaries get awarded in the following programmes: Producer Placement and Assistant Director. In 2012, a Supported Director bursary was piloted but hasn't been continued.
Both kinds of bursaries require a joint application by the recipient and the host organisation and they also require the host company to commit to paying a percentage of the weekly bursary. For more information on each of the bursaries, please see below or contact Emma Beatt on 0131 2484842/07531500533 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org . FST also hold a list of people who would like to receive bursaries and of potential host organisations. Contact Emma if you would like to be added to either of those lists.
Over the years, FST’s Bursaries have proven to be an important addition to professional development opportunities available to Scottish artists. A number of former bursary recipients went on to produce or direct their own shows or secured permanent positions within the host company. Elaine Kidd, Director of Opera Planning at Scottish Opera commented that working with the bursary recipient, Stasi Schaeffer, was a good opportunity to train someone in a specialised field:
“We have found this an invaluable opportunity to train a local theatre director in the role of an assistant director in opera. This is a specialised field and there are no formal - and limited informal -training opportunities within Scotland. The exposure Stasi has had to a wide variety of projects means that she has had an intensive introduction to the medium of opera and now has the skillset to pursue further work in this arena.”
Similarly, Stasi’s testimonial emphasises the importance of this experience:
“I can’t state strongly enough how valuable this bursary has been to my career. Not only have I been able to gain knowledge by working with a National Company, but I have also been able to prove my use of this knowledge and translate my learning into work in the area. The bursary has not only achieved the goals it set-up, but it has exceeded them and allowed me to use the knowledge gained to do work in this field.”
Stasi Schaeffer, Scottish Opera Assistant Director 2011/12
Please note there is now an application form to fill in for each of the Producers Placement and Assistant Director bursaries which can be found on each of the relevant bursary pages.