Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland- Self Led project funding

Every year, Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland supports projects generated and led by playwrights themselves. This set of supports is self-designed and delivered, so is most suitable for playwrights who have had experience of professional practise i.e. mid-career or experienced playwrights. They normally consider this to be artists who have had at least two professional productions paid at industry rates (though there are some exceptions - please check here  if you would not otherwise be eligible). Other opportunities  are available for playwrights who have less experience and would benefit from more structured support.

The projects they provide resource to generally either:

  • contribute to an artist’s professional development
  • contribute to the development of a piece of live performance
  • create a new opportunity for collaboration (across artform, international boundaries or geographical distances)
  • further an artist’s practice in a way that would be hard for them to otherwise resource

This winter, they are offering Self-led project opportunities for writers interested in working with partners or collaborators working in a language other than English, based outside of the U.K., or both. There will be a further callout in February for projects out with this focus.

You can apply for the following type of activity up to £4,000; if you’d like in kind support from Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland, this can be added on top of this sum.

The total budget for 2022/23 is £16K.

Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland does not commission or produce work; as a result, they cannot offer funds to substitute commissioning or production fees, nor for artists to self-commission or top up commission payments from a theatre.

Therefore they are not able to support in part, or sum, the following:

  • Commission fees for a new play (though you can apply to pay yourself for writing or thinking time as part, or whole, of an application)
  • The costs of producing a play
  • Plays that have already been produced or received significant script development elsewhere


To be eligible for a Self-led Project, you should be:

  • A mid-career or established playwright who has had at least two professional productions paid at industry rates
  • Be resident in Scotland or from Scotland and living elsewhere
  • Applying with activity that takes place in Scotland

They are unable to accept applications from playwrights who:

  • Are in full-time formal education (i.e. 16 hours or more per week).
  • Have directly received support from Playwrights’ Studio in the previous 18 months (this doesn’t include attending workshops or groups run by us)



1pm, Thursday 22nd December 2022

Published on:
13 Dec 2022
Opportunity deadline:
22 Dec 2022


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