Bursary Scheme

If you are a new producer Stage One can provide financial and practical assistance to help get your first productions up and running, and to support your overall development as a commercial theatre producer. We understand that mounting your first production can be an intimidating experience, and aim to make the process accessible to passionate and dedicated new producers who otherwise would not have the resources to do so.  We support producers from all areas of the UK including those embarking on regional tours.

Being awarded a Stage One Bursary was life changing. It signified a crucial step forward in my producing career and I cannot thank Stage One enough for their support and belief in my ability." - Annabel Williamson (Bursary Recipient 2014, 1505 Producer and General Manager)

The award comprises of 3 parts:
1.) Financial Award - Producers granted a bursary will be awarded a sum of up to £15,000 to accelerate their development as a producer. Typically the bursary has been awarded for; company set-up, producers subsistence, travel and expenses for the duration of the project/s and professional fees (e.g lawyers, accountants.)
2.) Mentoring – An experienced producer or general manager will be appointed by the Bursary Panel as a mentor for the duration of the bursary. The mentor will be available for reasonable consultation, tracking progress, approve all costs and expenses claimed and report back to the panel at the end of the bursary.
3.) Office Space – A shared office space in London is also available for periods offered and agreed by Stage One. Applicants should state on their application form whether this would be of interest and benefit. The New Producers Hub is in a central London location and is generously supported by Shaftesbury PLC.

Further qualifying criteria;

  • The Bursaries are intended for individuals who have some experience of theatre producing and have a firm commitment to pursue it as a career.
  • It is essential that Applicants show how a bursary award would develop their producing career and at what stage their production/s are in development.
  • The project/s must be related to live performance but applications are considered for a variety of activities (e.g workshops, try-out, development, research).
  • Stage One is endeavouring to develop and support the next generation of commercial theatre producers and therefore may give preference to applications which have more than one project in development.
  • Applicants should have ideally (but not essentially) attended the Stage One workshop held annually.
  • The Bursary is separate to the Stage One investment scheme in which investments are made in productions on a commercial basis.


The Bursary Scheme is generously supported by the Society of London Theatre, Underwood Trust, The Eranda Foundation, Stage Entertainment UK Ltd, The Williams Trust, The Agency, The Mackintosh Foundation,  David Dein, Nyman Libson Paul and Andrew Treagus Associates.