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IASH/Traverse Creative Fellowships 2021 for Playwrights and Theatre Makers (stipend worth £10,000)

Do you have the beginnings of a brilliant story to tell? An inspiring idea to unpack? Or a new form of theatre to explore? Then the IASH/Traverse Creative Fellowships 2021 are for you.

Applications are now open to playwrights and theatre makers for next year’s IASH/Traverse Creative Fellowships. In 2021, they will be providing two creative Fellowships, commissioning and supporting two writers to produce work that links to the Traverse Theatre and IASH’s interests in urgent stories that speak to their lives now and into the future. 

About the Fellowships

1. IASH/Traverse Digital Fellowship

This a is a full-time 3-month writing Fellowship focusing on new work for digital platformsto take place between May – July 2021. 

• This Fellowship is open to writers with an idea or story suitable for digital platforms. That could be a Virtual Reality storytelling piece, a theatrical film, a binaural audio play or something entirely different.

• They’re interested in how technology and new forms of theatre can be brought together to produce innovative ways for audiences to experience stories.

• For this Fellowship, the writer will be invited to live in Edinburgh full-time for three months (or they must already be based in a commutable location), working in residence at the University of Edinburgh to produce a first draft text by the end (or soon after) of that period.

• The recipient will enjoy a private office at the University, as well as access to the university library and the Institute’s many other resources, including joining the community of other Fellows working at IASH during this time.

• The playwright will receive dramaturgical support from the Traverse Literary Department, and while each Fellowship will be tailored towards the writer’s / project’s individual needs, it would be our ambition to work towards a work-in-progress sharing of the work in 2021 as part of the piece’s ongoing development.

• The stipend for this fellowship will be £10,000 inclusive of an accommodation allowance.

• In addition to this, the University of Edinburgh may be able to provide international travel bursaries, and can help support visa applications for writers based overseas.

2. IASH/Traverse Playwriting Fellowship

This is a part-time 6-month writing Fellowship to take place from August 2021 onwards.  

• This Fellowship is open to writers with an idea or story for an ambitious and entertaining new play that speaks to the urgent issues impacting on our lives now and into the future.

• This Fellowship will be spread across a 6- to 7-month period, giving the writer the time, space and support needed to research and write the play whilst working around other commitments.

• Each Fellowship will be tailored to the writer’s needs and availability but it is expected that the writer can work at the University on a regular basis – such as two days a week, or one week per month for example.

• The recipient will enjoy a private office at the University, as well as access to the university library and the Institute’s many other resources, including joining the community of other Fellows working at IASH during this time.

• The recipient will receive dramaturgical support from the Traverse Literary Department, with the expectation being that up to two drafts be completed during their residency, with another draft due at some point after the residency finishes (exact timelines to be tailored to needs of the project and Traverse Theatre).

• The Fellow will be expected to contribute to IASH and Traverse Theatre events as mutually beneficial, giving at least one work-in-progress seminar and/or reading of the work to an invited audience.

• The stipend for this fellowship will be £10,000.

Application process

• Please send a cover letter (no more than 2 pages of A4) and CV to iash@ed.ac.uk containing the following information.

• Why you are interested in the Fellowship.

• A short statement about you and your work.

• What’s the story you want to tell?

• Candidates must have had at least one professionally produced play to be considered (which could be digital in format).

Notes: they’re particularly interested in knowing what the story is you want to tell (even if it’s just a starting point), thematically how it might link in with the Traverse Theatre and IASH’S interests and, crucially, what your ambitions would be for an audience experiencing your work. For the digital residency, please include information on what digital form of storytelling you’re interested in exploring and why.

For More information visit IASH/Transverse Creative fellowship

Deadline for applications for both Fellowships are: 5pm GMT on Monday 30th November 2020.

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