New Scottish Companies

We are seeking four of the most exciting emerging theatre companies working in Scotland to be part of our new Artist Development Programme.

The New Scottish Companies Programme is designed to support the development of theatre companies from Ayrshire and across Scotland. We want to celebrate and nurture new voices and diversify the talent pool that we work with. We recognise the wealth of creativity of those early in their careers. New Scottish Companies aims to provide a platform to support you, and help take your vital next steps as artists and organisations.

This scheme offers:

  • A six-month attachment to The Gaiety with mentorship from established practitioners and our Creative Engagement Directors (Robbie Gordon and Jack Nurse).
  • Eight masterclasses with experts in producing, PR/marketing, access, funding, international touring and more.
  • An opportunity to present your work and/or pitch a show to an invited audience of industry professionals including funders, artistic directors, programmers, and producers.
  • A grant of £1000 to support your practice in whatever way you see fit. This could be anything from seed funding to childcare, a producing fee to paying your bills.

To apply, please write a short statement about what you’d get out of being on the New Scottish Companies Programme (up to 500-words or a 2-3 minute audio or video recording) and provide a CV of your work to date including, if applicable, examples of past work (e.g. photos, scripts, videos etc.).

Please send your applications to by midnight on Friday 27th November. Interviews will be held on the w/b 14th December on Zoom.

If this is not the most accessible way of applying for you or you have any questions about the New Scottish Companies Programme or the application process then please email