Residency in Japan- two Scottish playwrights sought

The Traverse Theatre is looking to engage with two established Scottish based playwrights, to undertake 3-week research residencies in Japan across 2019/20, as part of the British Council’s UK in Japan season 2019/20.

Playwrights will be invited to pitch an idea for a play which would benefit from research and development exploring international exchange, with a Japanese focus. Two selected Playwrights will work with the Traverse Theatre and Japan based Producer Kei Saito, to research and create a 3-week residency plan in which they will travel to different geographic areas of Japan, exploring different inspiration points within Japanese culture.

While in Japan, the playwrights will be encouraged to look at multiple dimensions of the country. This may include visiting both urban and rural areas of the country, looking at technologically advanced parts of life style and traditional/pre-modern customs and practises, or meeting different communities and groups of people in the population. As well as conducting research, the playwrights will also be encouraged to meet fellow playwrights, translators, directors and other artists in Japan who might have a role to play in their work or future exchange projects.

Upon completion of the residency, the playwrights will be invited to submit a treatment of their idea to the Traverse Theatre with the intended outcome of creating bold and innovative international work for Scottish and Japanese audiences.



  • Playwrights must be based in Scotland
  • Applicants should have had a minimum of two professional productions of their work as a playwright
  • Playwrights should have an understanding of creating work for international audiences
  • Applications should demonstrate an awareness of the work and ethos of the Traverse
  • Applicants must hold a valid passport and be available to travel to Japan to undertake a residency of 3 weeks between November 2019 to March 2020.


All international and internal travel, accommodation and per diems associated to the residency will be provided by the Traverse Theatre.


Monday 10 June at 10am.

Following the deadline, a shortlist of applicants will be selected for meetings in person or via Skype, scheduled for Fri 14 Jun (TBC).

Published on:
2 Jun 2019


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