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The fourth round of MGCfutures' Bursary Programme is now open for applications.


Are you working in the theatre?

Are you seeking support for a creative idea or project that could advance your professional development?

Our MGCfutures bursary can help you to realise an ambition, boost your creative development or even help you to transition to a new career.

See how we've supported previous recipients here.

Bursaries are from £500 up to £5,000.  To apply please complete and submit the form here.

Application deadline 12pm Friday 31st  May.

To be eligible for one of our awards you must

We’re keen to extend our support to even more of the professions that play such a vital role in making the performance happen. The list is extensive and includes back-stage roles such as carpenter and electrician, administration positions such as marketing, publicity, and digital and creative skills such as design, wardrobe, lighting, sound and video. We are particularly keen to receive applications from these areas of the industry. Check out some of the new opportunities we are offering below.

The scheme is however still open to applications from writers, directors, producers and theatre-makers but please be aware that these will be extremely competitive categories.

We actively encourage applications from BAME candidates and other underrepresented groups.

Please note, bursaries are not available to support training or as commercial investments in productions. Please contact us if you have any access requirements.


Special Bursaries

The Stephanie Arditti Bursary

Created in the memory of award-winning costume supervisor Stephanie Arditti who died last year, this award is intended to support those who wish to pursue a career in costume supervision, but it will also support all other aspects of costuming for theatre from tailoring to cutting, beading and embroidery to leatherwork and dye work as well as related fields such as wigs, millinery, or shoes.

Stephanie worked extensively with the National Theatre, the RSC and in the West End with the Michael Grandage Company. She was passionate about her work and was keen to support and mentor the next generation of costumiers.

To be eligible to apply you must already be working in the industry and you must be able to demonstrate your passion and dedication to your chosen field.

Here are some examples of the type of application that meets our criteria:

• You have decided that it’s time to set up on your own – your application might include costs for equipment, marketing, studio rental and general overheads

• You are working solo on a minimum budget and need extra resource to make a project happen

• You want to progress in your chosen career but feel you would benefit from time spent with an established designer or maker – your application will identify your chosen designer/maker and demonstrate the impact this experience will have on your professional development

Please make sure you attach your CV and a budget to your application. The level of the award will be dependent on the budget request within the application but will not exceed £5,000.

The Gate Theatre Bursary for an Assistant Director

The Gate Theatre was founded in 1979 to present ground-breaking international plays. We nurture the best, diverse new talent to push the boundaries of what theatre is and what else it could be. We create space for radical, inventive thinking to surprise, delight, challenge and inspire.

Every production at the Gate has an assistant director who works with the director and cast to help realise the production. As well as supporting the director, assistants also help to share the process by writing blogs for our website. A vital part of the team, the role is a great opportunity to learn more about how work here is made. We are delighted to be working with MGCfutures for the second year to offer two roles for assistant directors of colour to work with us on one show each in our upcoming season. The successful applicants will not only work across a show but receive mentoring from the artistic team at the Gate including the Associate Director Anthony Simpson-Pike. The winners of the bursary will also become alumni artists after working on the show, with access to the benefits of this scheme including free space in our theatre if available and access to workshops.

Bursary and Dates

Two bursaries of £1,600 each are available for each assistant director.

The season runs from September 2019 to March 2020. The shows the assistants will work on will be decided in discussion with Gate and the directors on those shows. 

To apply please tick the relevant box in the drop down menu, complete the application form and attach your CV. Please note you do not need to submit a budget. Please enter £1,600 in the box that asks you to specify the amount applied for.

The ETT Bursary for a Production Manager, July – October 2019

This bursary offers a unique training and mentoring opportunity to gain first hand experience as Assistant Production Manager on ETT’s upcoming touring production, Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig.

ETT create theatre of outstanding quality, imagination and ambition; work which interrogates and celebrates contemporary England and reflects the diversity of the nation.   At the heart of everything the company does is the passionately held belief that people wherever they are in the country, should have access to work that has meaning and relevance to their lives.  (

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig, imagined for the stage by Jonathan Watkins and text written by April de Angelis is an English Touring Theatre and Sheffield Theatres Co-Production.

ETT’s Production Manager is a crucial member of the touring team, working to imagine and deliver the highest quality work to venues across the UK. The Assistant Production Manager role, in partnership with MGCfutures, will allow ETT to meet and nurture an emerging Production Manager. The role will be involved in the production process from the earliest possible opportunity (from week commencing 8th July) and assist the Tour Production Manager in all aspects of delivering the show including working with our Co-Producers in Sheffield and remounting the show on tour.

We are keen to meet applicants from a range of experiences and theatre backgrounds – this could be an ideal role for a stage manager or technician looking to move into Production Management, a recent graduate looking for valuable experience or an emerging Production Manager looking to develop experience and knowledge of mid-scale touring.

The bursary recipient will be managed by Production Manager Matt Ledbury and will receive mentoring from Igor, Associate Head of Production at Elliott & Harper Productions and ETT Trustee.

It is expected that the schedule for this role will include prep days in advance of rehearsals, part-time attendance during rehearsal weeks (w/c 5th August – w/c 2nd Sept inclusive), full-time attendance during tech week in Sheffield (w/c 9th Sept) until opening, part-time prep for tour during w/c 23rd Sept and then the first tour moves during w/c 30th Sept and w/c 7th Oct. There is scope for this role to be carried out at a mutually agreed schedule alongside other work.

This bursary is £450 per week plus travel and accommodation expenses.

To apply please tick the relevant box in the drop down menu, complete the application form and attach your CV. Please note you do not need to submit a budget. Please enter 'NA' in the box that asks you to specify the amount applied for.

The Deafinitely Theatre Bursaries

MGCfutures is delighted to be partnering with the UK’s only deaf-led theatre company on HUB, the first ever deaf accessible theatre training scheme. We are offering three bursaries of £1,500 each as part of HUB’s pioneering mentoring programme. The three placements will cover Directing, Stage Management and Costume Design/Supervision. The bursaries are intended to cover expenses such as materials, travel and research as part of their attachment. For full details on access and how to apply are here.