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The Bush is hosting three BAMER artists annually 2017-2019 with the aim of giving them an insight into the operations of a leading new-writing theatre and develop their skills as artists and theatre makers. Each year the Bush will select an emerging playwright, director and producer as a bursary recipient. The project is generously supported by The Leverhulme Trust.


The programme of activities is divided into three phases lasting three months each:

Phase 1 involves shadowing their designated field mentor, attending programming and producing meetings at the Bush and being introduced to key staff who will provide them with an insight into marketing, fundraising and administration.

Phase 2 will allow each bursary recipient to work practically. Under the guidance of their field mentor, the producer will work as an Assistant Producer supporting the Producing team on Bush in-house productions. The director will support our Artistic and Associate Director in rehearsals, R&D’s/workshops, programming and creative meetings. The playwright will support the literary team with script reading and feedback, attending script meetings and R&D’s, and providing dramaturgical work on a Bush production.

Phase 3 will see the trio of bursary recipients work together to take over the new Studio space. After three months of shadowing and learning, and three months of practice, the Bush Theatre will literally hand over the keys to the Studio for these three artists to programme, develop, produce and showcase ambitious scratch performances, including their own work and visits from artists they invite to take part. The Bush Theatre will give them a budget of £5,000 to spend on this intervention and will provide in-kind technical resources.


The selected creatives will receive a £7,500 bursary with the following additional funding available for each recipient:
£1,500 travel/ maintenance relocation expenses
£1,000 for research materials (including tickets to see a number of non-Bush productions, training and development costs)
The total bursary available to each recipient will be £10,000


Shortlisting will be completed by a team of staff including our Associate Dramaturg (focusing on playwrights), Associate Director (focusing on directors) and Producer (focusing on producers).

Five candidates for each discipline will be selected to attend an interview with a panel consisting of a combination of the above. Candidates will be chosen based on their genuine interest in new writing, their potential as assessed in the interview and from the strength of their portfolio. 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.

We welcome applications for each of the positions from individuals, or for all three positions as a group application.

The Bush Theatre welcomes application from artists and creatives based outside of London but due to the nature of the bursary placements requires presence in London for the attendance of meetings and activity on a weekly basis and for consecutive days in certain periods, and applicants should be aware of this.