Federation of Scottish Theatre

Assistant Director Bursary



With funding from Creative Scotland and the Fenton Arts Trust, theAssistant Director Bursary is designed to nurture the professionalcreative development of individual artists by supporting a directorialattachment to an established Scottish theatre company.


This programme recognises that current theatre practice embraces a wide range of collaborative relationships which lead to the delivery of excellence. Therefore, FST welcomes applications from individuals who come from a background or experience other than that of a traditional director.  That is, we welcome applications from choreographers, dramaturges and designers etc who wish to develop their skills as professional theatre directors by undertaking a placement as an Assistant Director.


We hope that broadening the skills/experience background of potential applicants will enable a diversity of entry points to the scheme and simultaneously support the demands of current collaborative professional theatrical practice. It is however important to emphasise that the main objective of this bursary scheme is to develop the director as a creative artist and encourage the adoption of best practice.


The Assistant Director Bursary operates as a partnership between the proposed placement individual and the host theatre company, any submission to the programme must be jointly developed.


It is anticipated that 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 provided below outlining the key elements the programme will be seeking from potential applications.


company and the assistant can apply to work together for aminimum of 3 and maximum of 12 weeks full time equivalent. Weeks need not be consecutive.


Project Specification

The FST seeks a joint proposal from the potential assistant and their host company.  This proposal should be in the form of a written application, up to a maximum of 2 sides of A4, which may be supported by additional information, such as applicant’s CV or any other relevant information (please try to keep to a minimum).


The application should include:

Evidence of assistant’s commitment to Scottish theatre, either through previous training or directing/designing/choreography/dramaturgy experience at an appropriate level

A strong rationale for the partnership expressing why they have chosen to work together, focus on the respective artistic and creative vision of both host and assistantWe expect a statement outlining this from both parties

A statement about why undertaking this bursary with this particularhost is a clear expansion of the experience of the assistant

A clear articulation of how the placement will extend theassistant’s knowledge of directing approaches and how this will benefit the professional development of the assistant.

A clear outline of how the host company will integrate the assistantinto the creative process

An articulation of how the assistant will be supported during the placement including supervision and coaching/mentoring

An imaginative and bold approach to building the relationship between the assistant and host

A budget incorporating the weekly bursary stipend of £275 and the 15% contribution (£41.25 per week) from the host


Whilst we recognise that having a creative assistant is beneficial for the host company please note that the key aim of this programme is to ensure an effective learning experience for the assistant. The application should clearly outline what the key areas of developmentwill be, why this is the right environment/partnership to ensure this development and how the assistant will be supported throughout.  


Selection Process


Closing dates

Round 1: 23rd September 2011

Round 2: 20th January 2012


Proposed placements should not start within 6 weeks of the closing date.


Productions must be completed by the end of March 2013.


panel comprising of industry professionals will evaluate all applications against the above criteria and select the successfulrecipients.



Successful applicants will receive bursary support from FST to enable them to concentrate fully on their creative learning experience.  Host companies will be expected to make a commitment of 15% of the total bursary cost and 100% of any expenses incurred. A bursary will be paid at a stipend of £275 per week. Travel expenses will not be covered by FST.


We do 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.


Monitoring and Evaluation:

A joint evaluation should be submitted, which explores the benefits and outcomes of the partnership project against those outlined in the original application.



Please send your proposal to 


Please note that you should receive an email to acknowledge receipt.If you don’t receive this please call contact Kirsty on the number below.


If you have any queries, please call Kirsty Bailey on 0131 248 4842

FST Assistant Director Bursary



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