REP Foundry 2014

What is REP Foundry?

Do you have a theatre vocation, but need support to establish yourself? The REP Foundry programme – Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s artist development scheme – is now open for applications for 2014.

The REP is supporting emerging Theatre Makers, Writers and Directors, who have a commitment to producing theatre. This is your chance to work with The REP during a new chapter in our history. We are committed to developing artists with new and unique stories to share regardless of their backgrounds.

Now in its second year, the 12 month programme beginning in February 2014 will give 18 participants professional development through a series of workshops, mentoring and masterclasses – alongside monthly scratch nights. You will receive free tickets to all REP shows and have access to the expertise and resources within the REP and support from external theatre practitioners and companies.

REP Foundry is generously supported by The Leverhulme Trust.

Foundry Surgeries at the REP100 Open Day

There will be an opportunity for potential applicants to meet The REP team in person to talk about what support is available and to meet artists currently on the programme at the theatre’s open day on Sunday 13 October.

Feedback from participants in REP Foundry 2013

“The REP Foundry programme brings emerging artists together and opens up doors to a wide range of opportunities: an artist with initiative can walk in, look around and think ‘Yes, I can use that’ and the REP will support them as far as possible in making ‘that’ happen.”
Polly Tisdall, Director, Foundry 2013

“The REP Foundry presents an exciting creative environment for its artists, encouraging future work and collaboration, and I have utilised the contacts and opportunities available.”
Joe White, Writer, Foundry 2013

“The programme also offers mentoring which has proved invaluable in terms of shaping both the creative and professional processes.”
Stephanie Ridings, Writer, Foundry 2013

Eligibility

This programme is open to you if:

  • You are an emerging director, playwright or theatre maker
  • You are starting out, but need support to establish yourself as an artist
  • You are based in the West Midlands
  • You are not in full-time education
  • You will be aged 18+ when the course begins in February 2014

How to apply

The deadline for submissions is 6pm Friday 29 November 2013

To apply, please download and complete the Application Form and Equal Opportunities Form from the Downloads panel on this page, then email foundry@birmingham-rep.co.uk or write to REP FOUNDRY, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP with the following materials…

Writers:

  • A completed cover sheet
  • A CV
  • 500 words about yourself
  • 500 words on why you would like to take part in The Birmingham REP Foundry
  • An original full length script, minimum of 10 pages (no adaptations)
  • A completed equal opportunities form

Directors:

  • A completed cover sheet
  • A CV
  • 500 words about yourself
  • 500 words on why you would like to take part in Birmingham REP Foundry
  • 1,500 words on a play you’d like to direct including: (i) a short synopsis of it (ii) why and how you want to direct it (iii) how you would approach the rehearsal process
  • A completed equal opportunities form

Theatre Makers and Companies:

  • A completed cover sheet
  • A CV
  • 500 words about yourself
  • 500 words on why you would like to take part in Birmingham REP Foundry
  • 1,500 words about a piece of theatre you’d most like to make, why and how you would approach the rehearsal process
  • A completed equal opportunities form

For more information

If you have questions about the programme or the application process, please email foundry@birmingham-rep.co.uk

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