About the Bursary Award

If you're a new producer Stage One can provide financial and practical assistance to help get your first productions up and running, and to support your overall development as a commercial theatre producer. We understand that mounting your first production can be an intimidating experience, and aim to make the process accessible to passionate and dedicated new producers who otherwise would not have the resources to do so.  We support producers from all areas of the UK including those embarking on regional tours.

Bursary applications for Autumn 2019 are now closed. 

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The award comprises of 3 parts:

  1. Financial Award - Producers granted a bursary will be awarded a sum of up to £15,000 to accelerate their development as a producer. Typically the bursary has been awarded for; company set-up, producer’s subsistence, travel and expenses for the duration of the project/s and 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 is also available for periods offered and agreed by Stage One. Applicants should state on their application form whether this would be of interest and benefit. The New Producers Hub is in a central London location and is generously supported by Shaftesbury PLC.

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 development.
  • 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.


Awarded every year in Bursaries

Applications are now closed.


New Producers supported every year 

Receiving the Bursary Award in 2016 meant that I could access the essential avenues needed to develop my career as a commercial producer. I have now just received my first Olivier Award nomination (Witness for the Prosecution, Best Play Revival) for my first ever London production. Without the support of the Stage One Bursary this would not have been possible for a regional based producer.

Rebecca Stafford - Bursary Award Winner 2016 & Start Up Award winner for Witness for the Prosecution in 2018

Apply for a Bursary

To apply for a bursary, you'll need to become a Stage One member. Becoming a member offers you opportunties and resources, as well as allowing you to build your own Producer profile. It's completely free to sign up, so what are you waiting for!




Stage One is looking to support the commercial theatre producers of tomorrow and as long as we see evidence of your commercial understanding and potential you should still apply.

If you are awarded a Bursary, Stage One will talk to you about your current strengths and weaknesses and with your input, will match you with an appropriate mentor. Your mentor is then on hand to give advice via meetings, email and over the phone for the duration of your project and/or Bursary period.

If you don’t have the rights to some or all of your productions Stage One will expect that you have already approached the rights holder and began negotiations. We may ask for evidence of this in the form of a letter or email.

Stage One's mission is to develop the careers of producers and not simply to fund productions. We will consider applications from new producers who have also been directors/writers/actors but the bursary must propel your career in producing. We strongly recommend that producers do not direct or act in their own productions.

We like to see evidence that as a producer you have the skills to develop a project/s to a certain point before coming to Stage One for support. The bursary is there to help and support your ambitions, not to ensure that a project comes to fruition. If you have several in mind we suggest that you submit a budget based on one of these venues.

If you are selected for interview you may bring additional materials with you to show the panel but please do not submit them in the first instance.

The interview will be around 20 minutes and you will be expected to answer questions about you as a producer and your projects.

The Bursary panel usually make a decision on the day of the interview and you will be informed within 24 hours.

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