Headlong Origins is an artist development scheme designed to support theatre directors across the UK, outside of London. Our ambition is to celebrate and nurture emerging talent and to diversify the pool of theatre directors that Headlong is currently engaging with.
Headlong Origins supports directors committed to making work regionally through a bursary, research and development support, artistic mentorship, workshops, and employment on Headlong projects. Directors will be afforded the opportunity to work alongside a nationwide touring organisation and, crucially, will develop their own projects and practice.
We want to support artists who have previously been underrepresented at Headlong and in the industry at large due to the experience of barriers linked to ethnicity, class, disability, gender, or geography.
Headlong Origins offers:
• A fixed term position as an Origins Artist at Headlong for 12 months, providing access to Headlong as a company, with opportunities to engage with our rehearsal processes and productions, attend team meetings, and use our office space.
• A bursary of £5,000 to support your practice and use however you see fit. This could be anything from childcare to paid research time.
• Mentorship from the artistic team at Headlong, and other employees where appropriate.
• Regular group workshops led by Headlong staff and industry professionals. These workshops will uncover the language of the theatre industry as well as practical skill development in areas like casting, dramaturgy etc.
• The opportunity to direct a workshop to develop your practice or an idea for a show, produced and supported by Headlong.
• Opportunities to be considered for employment as either an Assistant or Associate Director on Headlong developmental work and productions.
• Networking opportunities and industry introductions.
• Funding beyond the bursary for theatre tickets, travel and accommodation to see shows across the UK.
This scheme is open to any theatre director who is over 18 and has directed at least two professional productions; this can include substantial community theatre work, fringe work and/or non-traditional work. You also need to have the equivalent of two years industry experience, i.e. have been working in the theatre industry as either an assistant director, director or a facilitator for no less than two years.
If your career has taken a non-traditional route and you are unsure if you meet the criteria as a result, please email us at email@example.com and we would be happy to discuss by email or over the phone.
For full details on how to apply, visit: https://headlong.co.uk/opportunities/headlong-origins-directors-scheme/