Ends on February 25, 2019

The Starter Programme is open to artists across art forms (including theatre, music, sound, movement, film, visual art, story-telling, spoken word etc), who wish to explore a new or existing, bold and vital live performance idea that moves forward their practice and career. For more information about the programme please visit our website: www.nationaltheatrescotland.com/collaborate/engine-room/  

Artist from an ethnic minority community 

A residency place for an artist from an ethnic minority community to focus on a new ambitious idea for a piece of performance or to facilitate a forward-shift in their practice.

To apply,

You must:

·        Be resident in Scotland

·        Be over 18 years of age

·        Be able to demonstrate that you’ve undertaken a relevant artistic project (outwith formal studies)

·        Must be eligible to work in the UK and be able to provide evidence through the presentation of a valid passport or VISA if you are a non EU resident.


You must not:

·        Be in full time education

Selection Process

1. Each residency place will be selected by a panel comprising of National Theatre of Scotland staff and external artists and companies. The applications that excite the panel most will be selected. We hope to be excited by:
a) the ideas or forms being explored

b) the stated benefit to the artist’s practice

2. Whilst some Starter residencies are targeted, we would like to select a 2019 cohort who will reflect Scotland’s diversity. This includes gender, geographic, linguistic, ethnic, economic and cultural diversity. Our intention is to have a gender balance across the cohort, and include artists from ethnic minority communities, those who identify as disabled, artists based outside of the central belt and speakers of Scotland’s minority languages.

3. Whilst applications are open to artists at all stages and points in their careers, and selection will be made primarily according to the first two criteria above, in making their selection the panel will prioritise artists who have some practical experience in the area in which they propose to work (for example if you are a performer looking to write a play, you should ideally have some playwriting experience). Similarly we may be less likely to prioritise artists who have had more than three fully funded and professionally produced opportunities for selection. 

Please note that due to the number of applications we receive we are unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.


Applications Open: Wednesday 28 November

Application Deadline: Monday 25 February at 5pm

Residency should be undertaken: April – June 2019 – dates to be mutually agreed. 

Submission Process:

The online application form is available to complete via Submittable which can accept written, audio and video applications. If Submittable is not accessible to you for any reason  please contact starter@nationaltheatrescotland.com or call 0141 221 0970 and we can consider alternative methods of submission.

Please do NOT include images or web links.

All submissions must be in the English language, unless agreed by prior arrangement.

The Starter Programme is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

This information is available at www.nationaltheatrescotland.com/collaborate/engine-room/  and can be made available in the following versions: Talking, Large Print, BSL Interpreted, Gaelic Language and Plain English.