Our bursary awards provide independent producers the financial and practical support needed to mount their first commercial productions.

Producing can be a lonely business, but it shouldn’t be! We understand that upscaling your productions can be an intimidating process. In the last 5 years through the bursary scheme we have:

  • Supported 80 producers new to the Stage One bursary and paired them with an experienced mentor

  • Awarded £430,000 of new bursaries to emerging producers

  • Awarded £320,000 of top-ups to previous recipients of the award

  • Co-founded an exciting new partnership to support emerging producers with a focus on developing new British musicals


Spring 2024 Bursary Applications are now closed. 

Applications for the Autumn round will open in August 2024. 


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“After years of producing small-mid scale independent projects, I was ready to take the next step and scale up. Stage One have been instrumental in helping this transition, not just financially but supporting business planning, mentoring and developing essential relationships in the industry.

This support has enabled me to confidently develop this work through the pandemic and utilise this time as best I can whilst theatres remain closed.”


Sofi Berenger
Bursary Recipient Autumn 2020
Metal Rabbit Productions/VAULT Festival