Headlong Origins 2022

Now entering its third year, the scheme aims to celebrate and nurture emerging theatre makers from across the UK, outside London. Artists will be invited to work closely with the company for 12 months, during which they will receive mentorship from the Artistic Director and the producing and creative team. The artists will join Headlong’s R&D sessions and workshops, engage with rehearsal processes and see work from theatres across the UK, as they develop their own work and artistic vision.


  • A bursary of £5,000 to support your practice, and use however you see fit. (This could be anything from childcare to paid research time)
  • Budget for theatre tickets, travel and accommodation to see shows across the UK.
  • Mentorship from the Artistic Director, Creative Associates and Producers at Headlong, and other employees where appropriate
  • Monthly sessions (on Zoom, and sometimes in person) sharing skills and exploring your approach to storytelling
  • An opportunity to research, workshop and develop a new idea with the resources and support of Headlong
  • Opportunities to be considered for employment in either Assistant or Associate roles at Headlong
  • Access to Headlong as a company, including attending team meetings, insight into our artistic planning, using our office space, and engaging with our rehearsal processes where appropriate
  • Networking opportunities


  • They are interested in hearing from theatre directors and designers at an early stage in their career who want to initiate their own work.
  • Traditionally this programme has been for directors, but they want to acknowledge that there are many other artists who are key to sparking new ideas for the theatre. For example, you might be a designer exploring a design-led practice, or a sound designer who has instigated and led an audio project.
  • You need to be living and making theatre outside of London.
  • You will need to have worked on at least 2 productions for a public audience.


Wednesday 23rd March at 5pm

Interviews are likely to be held in the week commencing 4th April



Published on:
27 Feb 2022


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