About Bridge the Gap

Are you interested in overseeing a performance successfully being put on stage? Are you highly organised? Are you the collaborative coordinator on a creative process? Are you doing exactly what a theatre producer does, without realising?

Stage One have created Bridge the Gap to make sure that more people can build on the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career in commercial theatre producing. 

Bridge the Gap is Stage One’s new initiative that has been developed in order to specifically cater to those that we have identified are under-represented on Stage One’s current programmes.

Stage One aims to build a long term relationship with emerging producers, expand their networks and support them in the next stage of their producing careers through a range of training opportunities.

Bridge the Gap will offer:

  • A free place on our renowned three day New Producers Workshop in either May or October (worth £425) which will equip our group with the skills to bring their producing concepts to reality on the West End.
  • Tailored masterclasses focusing on career progression and development, which will be specifically adapted to the needs of our participants.
  • Regular group tickets and access to theatre shows and press nights from Stage One alumni and by members of our council. 
  • Placement on a year-long mentorship scheme. Over the course of the year, participants will be partnered with a mentor that we believe will be able to support, develop and cater to their commercial producing needs.
  • Monthly group meetings with Stage One staff and community who will check in and offer space to help with their development, offering employment and industry support.

Bridge The Gap is not just the one year-long programme for selected producers. The scheme also offers other opportunities and events encouraging aspiring producers to learn more about the commercial industry. If you would like to be updated on these events please email Siobhan on [email protected] to be added to a mailing list.

Update (August 2020):

In order for the producers partaking in the scheme in 2019/20 to gain a full year of workshops and training, the 2019/20 scheme will extend to Spring 2021. Therefore we will not be opening applications for the next round of producers until next year. If you are interested in knowing more about Bridge The Gap's producer programme and other entry level training that Stage One offers, pleae email Siobhan ([email protected]) to be added to a mailing list. 

“Change needs to happen across our whole industry. We want to encourage and be a part of that change, which is why we have created Bridge the Gap. We identified that there were people who weren’t engaging with our training – whether that be for personal, financial or other circumstances and wanted to address it. We hope that this unique and bespoke scheme can welcome a better represented pool of producers in to Stage One and enable them to participate in the work we do.”

- Joseph Smith, Stage One Chief Executive

Stage One x English Touring Theatre - Placement

Bridge the Gap 12 month placement with ETT

This opportunity has been postponed and applications are currently closed. We will endeavour to open up this opportunity as soon as possible but for now, please sign up to our newsletter to keep updated. Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Bridge the Gap are now working in partnership with English Touring Theatre (ETT) to run a 12 month paid placement. The role Production and Marketing assistant and will be based at ETT’s London office supporting the company on their productions and tours. This will be an opportunity to gain hands on experience and develop your skills working alongside the producers and the marketing team.

This placement is aimed at people who would like to move into or take a step up in theatre producing and assisting on productions. Passion and willingness to learn is essential, the successful candidate will also be supported by Stage One through regular meetings and events to meet other producers and deepen their understanding of the industry. For a full job description, click here.

Bridge the Gap is targeted at people who have barriers to the industry and who have found it hard to make progress in their desire to work in theatre. Please read our Should I Apply? document before applying and if you have any further questions email [email protected] or call Siobhan on 0207 557 6752

How to apply?

Applications are currently closed.

Apply for Bridge The Gap

To apply to be a part of Bridge The Gap, you'll need to become a Stage One member. Becoming a member gives you access to all application forms as well as opportunities and resources for emerging producers.


Applications for 2019/20 are now closed. The next round of application for 2020/21 will open in June, please sign up to the Stage One newsletter and follow us on social media for date announcements. Please log in or sign up to access other opportunities.


If you have any questions about Bridge the Gap, please get in touch with Siobhan on 0207 557 6752 or email [email protected]




We’re looking for people that have a solid understanding of the role of the producer and have explored this as a career before now. This could mean any form of producing; from one-night performances, to community events, to collaborations with other artists or venues. We are looking to build a long-term relationship with people who have an interest in commercial theatre producing but have not had the means to be able to access it.

Yes – you do not have to work in theatre to be eligible. As long you can demonstrate an understanding of and interest in commercial theatre producing and fit our criteria, we welcome an applicaiton. Please do get in touch with Siobhan if you have any questions - [email protected]

If you’ve previously applied for a Stage One development programme and have been successful, you are not eligible for this initiative. We are attempting to open the doors to those have not been able to access support for commercial theatre producing on our other programmes.

Apply for this programme. The reason why we have created this programme is to build and maintain a long-term relationship with those that need financial and practical support by kick-starting their career in theatre producing. Due to the generous support from our donors we are able to cover certain costs in the industry that are sometimes seen as a barrier.

Stage One is a charity set up to support emerging theatre producers and is not able to facilitate the work of actors or writers. However, if you are an artist who wants to transition into producing and have an understanding of what it takes to be a producer, this may be a beneficial programme for you to adapt and refine your skills within the industry.

We have built this programme to be adaptable to work for those that are in full time employment. Some sessions are in the evenings and weekends, however most sessions will be during weekdays in the afternoons. If successful, we will work together with you to ensure you are able to participate in as much of the training as possible.

The programme is designed for approximately 10 producers, however we will respond according to the demand of this year’s application


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