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Project 2036 is a year-long programme that offers three Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) designers across three disciplines – Set, Lighting and Sound – a £7,500 bursary. Each designer will work as an assistant for our main stage productions, lead on designing our inaugural First Look Festival and develop their design voices. The project is generously supported by The Leverhulme Trust.



The programme of activities is divided into two phases:

Oct 2019 – May 2020:

Phase 1 will involve the bursary recipient working across three productions, assisting the Lead Designer of the production, with support and mentoring from our in-house technical team and Associate Director.The bursary recipient will attend rehearsals and production meetings and feed back to the Lead Designer any necessary and relevant information about the production.

The bursary recipient will also become part of the Bush Theatre technical team, taking on daily tasks, supporting our Technical Manager, Amy Clarey, and our Technician, Francis Botu, and visiting companies within the building. They will be trained in ‘fitting up’, technical programming and other technical skills that will allow them to be a more versatile designer.

June – July 2020:

Phase 2 will see the trio of bursary recipients work together to design the elements of First Look Festival. They will be supported by the Bush Theatre team and work with some of the best artists we hope to programme in the future. 


The selected creatives will receive £7,500 in training costs with additional funding available for each recipient towards:
Travel/Maintenance relocation expenses
Materials (including design programmes or equipment, tickets to see non-Bush Theatre productions, research materials and books)


Shortlisting will be completed by a team of staff members. Five candidates for each discipline will be selected to attend an interview with a panel consisting of a combination of our Technical Manager, Technician and Associate Director. Candidates will be chosen based on their genuine interest in designing for new writing, their potential as assessed in the interview and from the strength of their ideas/designs. The Bush will also seek to place three creatives each year who can learn from one another and form a successful creative relationship during the course of their time working together at the Bush.

The Bush Theatre welcomes applications from artists and creatives based outside of London but, due to the nature of the bursary placements, we require presence in London for the attendance of rehearsals, meetings and activities on a weekly basis and for consecutive weeks in certain periods, and applicants should be aware of this.

Applicants must be BAMER
Applicants cannot have more than 3 professional design credits
Applicants cannot have an agent or manager representing them for design work
Applicants must be 18 years of age plus