Ken Bennett-Hunter. Photo: Charlie Hopkinson
Established in memory of former TMA /UK Theatre President, Ken Bennett-Hunter, the AK Bennett-Hunter Award for Backstage Journalism will help meet the need for more journalists specialising in back stage and technical theatre.
The Award is a partnership between The Stage, the Association of British Theatre Technicians, Stage Management Association, Skillscene, the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre.
The Award consists of £2,000 of financial support, a year of mentoring from established journalists and expert backstage practitioners, behind the scenes access, introductions and networking opportunities, and publication in The Stage (for a fee of £500 in total), UK Theatre and Society of London Theatre websites, ABTT’s Sightline and the SMA’s Cueline magazine and website.
Ken Bennett-Hunter was an advocate and passionate champion of the issues and developments affecting theatre technicians, stage managers, designers and theatre managers. He was an influential, knowledgeable and engaging journalist whose work brought the technical, back and off stage elements of theatre to centre stage.
Ken Bennett-Hunter was editor of The Stage’s Backstage section and edited The Stage’s Working Backstage series of career guides. He was editor of the ABTT’s Sightline, and was a regular contributor to SMA magazine Cueline, and to UK Theatre publications, throughout his career.
The AK Bennett-Hunter Award for Backstage Journalism is open to all.
The Award may be presented to an established writer looking to develop their technical theatre knowledge, or for someone working in the off stage world to develop their writing ability.
How to apply
Applicants are asked to submit a piece of writing, a covering letter and a CV.
The piece of writing can either be a 500-word opinion piece or 1000-word feature about backstage and technical theatre.
Applications should be sent to The Stage’s features editor Nick Clark, firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for applications: 30 November