Three bursaries on offer for artists from the region

Through the Arts Council England Sustained Theatre Fund, Derby Theatre, in association with Tamasha Developing Artists and In Good Company, the Theatre’s professional artist development scheme, are thrilled to offer three £2000 bursaries to artists of colour/BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) from the Midlands region.

These bursaries are being offered to support the development of culturally diverse artists in recognition that artists of colour are currently underrepresented in the industry, including Derby Theatre’s immediate pool of artists.

The three bursaries on offer include: one to be Assistant Director on an upcoming Derby Theatre production, one to develop an ongoing artistic practice, for artists of any theatre discipline from within the East Midlands (including live arts, acting, writing, directing and devising) and one to develop an ongoing artistic practice for an artist from either the East or West Midlands.

Sarah Brigham (Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Derby Theatre) said:
"It is fantastic that thanks to the partnership with Tamasha and Arts Council Sustained Theatre funding we are able to offer these bespoke packages which will support the development of culturally diverse artists. We know that we need to get much better at representing artists of colour (BAME) in the region and this is one small step towards that goal which will hopefully result in some new fantastic theatre for our audiences."

Rafia Hussain (Producer) said:
"As the Producer of this programme, I'm really excited by the prospect of finding new artists of colour from Derby and the surrounding region. I'd ask that anyone out there who has an idea, no matter how small, or who wants to get involved with theatre, but doesn't know how, to please get in touch with me and I can introduce them to these bursary offers and all the other exciting opportunities we have here at Derby Theatre."

How to apply
For regional artists wishing to apply, please send two sides of A4 or a video (5-minute maximum) covering: summary of experience to date, if applying for Assistant Director, please state the type and genre of production you would like to work on; if applying for a bursary which involves developing an artistic practice, please detail an ideal timeline and a breakdown of how you would intend to spend the money (please attach this detail in an excel document); how the offer of a bursary would help develop your practice, your contact details (including name, email, phone number and home address); examples of your previous work (e.g. a short script sample or links to view work online). To accompany your application, please also send a completed Equal Opportunities form (which can be downloaded at the bottom of this page). Applications should be sent to Rafia Hussain at: r.hussain@derby.ac.uk (with Artist Bursary Application in the subject line). Alternatively, applications can be sent via post: FAO Rafia Hussain (Artist Bursary Application), Derby Theatre, 15 Theatre Walk, Derby, DE1 2NF. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 28 February at 5pm.

Bursary funding can be used to pay your salary (especially in relation to the position of Assistant Director); supporting other funding applications, finding a mentor, for a Research and Development project, training courses etc. Bursary applications will also be taken as a request to join the In Good Company Atists' Network mailing list.
To discuss an application in advance of the deadline, please call or email Rafia directly.

Download Application details here

Download an Equal Opportunities form here