About the Bursary Award
Stage One offers a unique bursary scheme aimed to support your overall development as a commercial theatre producer by providing financial and practical assistance to help get your first productions up and running. 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 awards are available twice year, in Spring and Autumn.
The Stage One bursary awards are intended for individuals who have some experience of theatre producing and have a firm commitment to pursue it as a career. Applicants must be able to demonstrate how a bursary award would develop their producing career with a number of projects in development. Applicants should have ideally (but not essentially) attended the Stage One workshop held twice a year. For more information on the workshop, please click here.
The award comprises of 3 parts:
1. Financial Award
Producers can apply for a sum 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.)
An experienced mentor will be appointed by the Bursary Panel for the duration of the bursary. The mentor will be available for reasonable consultation, to track progress, to approve all costs and expenses claimed and to 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. The office is located on Carnaby Street and is generously supported by Shaftesbury PLC.
The bursary award is separate to the Stage One investment schemes in which investments are made into productions on a commercial basis. To find out more about our different types of investment, please click here.