IASH/Traverse Creative Fellowship
Edinburgh University's Institute for Advanced Studies in
Humanities and the Traverse Theatre are delighted to announce their
continued partnership in a Creative Fellowship for a playwright to
be based within the University and affiliated to the theatre.
IASH and the Traverse will commission a play on or inspired by
any aspect of the Institute's current interests. The stipend will
be £10,000 and the recipient will have a private office and full
Fellowship at IASH, and contribute to the Institute's events,
including giving at least one work-in-progress seminar during the
tenure of the Fellowship. During the period of the fellowship
the playwright will receive dramaturgical support from the
Traverse's Literary Department. The recipient must be
Edinburgh-based for the duration of the residency, as their regular
presence at IASH is expected and they will be encouraged to play a
part in the artistic life of the theatre.
The tenure of the Fellowship will be between 6 and 10 months, by
agreement, with the intention that the playwright will submit a
complete play to the Traverse at the end of 2019.
The ideal candidate will be a writer who wants to engage
actively with the Traverse and is eager to make the most of the
unique environment that IASH provides to further their thinking and
develop their work.
IASH is a precious island of
intelligent, creative and free discourse. It's an
intellectual community in the very best sense of the
world. Jo Clifford, previous IASH/Traverse
All previous recipients have found the opportunity of a Creative
Fellowship immensely valuable in enabling them to develop their art
and push the boundaries to new levels of creative achievement. It
has given them a quiet environment in which to work and freedom
from other constraints, whilst allowing them to benefit from the
exchange of ideas with the other Fellows in residence.
The Institute too has benefited greatly from their presence.
They have all contributed enthusiastically to the life of the
Institute, interacting with other Fellows and bringing a different
dimension to the work of their colleagues. They have each given a
seminar as part of the Institute's Work-in-Progress programme and
have provoked lively discussion; some have also contributed to
creative workshops and other educational programmes such as the
Masters Programme in Creative Writing.
My time at IASH was extremely
productive and memorable. A really special period. I really valued
the cross-pollination process through the IASH
structure. Clare Duffy, previous IASH/Traverse
The application process is now open. Applications
are required to be submitted by the deadline of 5pm on Thu 31 Jan
We encourage ideas from writers that want to actively
engage with both the Institute's interests and the Traverse
Theatre's desire to entertain, excite, provoke and delight
audiences alike - whether through a brilliant story, an innovative
new form or use of technology, or with a striking new theatrical
Please send a cover letter and CV to email@example.com. Interested
applicants are invited to put in writing why they would like to
take up this Fellowship and what they would like to explore in
their commissioned play. Applications should demonstrate an
awareness of the work and ethos of the Traverse and IASH and a
sense of how the writer and their work might fit into this.
Applicants should have had a minimum of two professional
productions of their work. Interviews will be held in the second
week of February 2019 in central Edinburgh.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or
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