Making Space

Scottish Youth Theatre & Dundee Rep Engage present
At Dundee Rep Theatre and Scottish Youth Theatre

Offering emerging theatre makers the space and support to create new performance

Making Space is a residency programme supporting young artists aged 18 – 25 from across art-forms who want to develop their own theatre performance. The Making Space residency offers time, space and guidance, leading up to a work-in-progress presentation at a high-profile Scottish venue.

Who Can Apply?
The residency is open to solo artists or collectives of 2 or 3 aged between 18 – 25, interested in making performance work.
This can be across any genre: in no particular order this could be... devised performance, new writing or re-imagining existing texts, solo performance, spoken word, physical theatre, dance and visual theatre, contemporary circus [although aerial work is not possible at this time], live art, durational performance... and anything in between.

Any theatre maker can apply – you might identify as a performer, director, poet, playwright, choreographer, designer, devisor, live-artist, performance artist... or something else. 

You will be: 

  • committed, reliable and passionate about developing your idea
  • committed to completing the whole residency and utilising all the resources offered
  • open, flexible and hardworking
We are seeking exciting new voices with diverse and ambitious ideas to engage with us in this exciting residency opportunity. 
We want you to succeed, and we want you to ask questions, to use the space and work in new ways and to develop your art and your practice.
If accepted into the residency you will be offered the following between January and April 2019: 
  • one-to-one mentoring with multifaceted lead artist Drew Taylor. 
  • 12 sessions of dedicated space to experiment, rehearse and test ideas either at Dundee Rep Theatre, or Scottish Youth Theatre, Glasgow – sessions can be sporadic, weekly or provided over an intensive period depending on your availability and the venue's available space.
  • support from an additional experienced specialist where identified
  • opportunities to develop new relationships with other young theatre makers accepted to Making Space – with additional opportunities to meet other industry professionals
  • the chance to create a work in progress performance which will be programmed as part of Rep Stripped in April 2019 
  • marketing and production support for the work-in-progress – a small budget of £50 per residency will be offered
The residency at each venue is designed to be flexible to support you and your artistic ambitions. Development space - bookings can be flexible to take into account educational, work or family commitments, provided the project outcomes are met within the timescales set.
A travel budget will be available to help you get to Dundee Rep or Scottish Youth Theatre should you require it, but you should be able to travel to and from the residency easily in one day... i.e. no overnight accommodation will be offered.

About your mentor

Drew Taylor, an award winning director, writer and arts-in-education specialist.
Trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Drew works across the UK in a variety of professional theatre and outreach contexts. Recent projects include Director/Dramaturg for the UK tour of Leyla Josephine's spoken word solo HOPELESS, Assistant Director for THE HOUR WE KNEW NOTHING OF EACH OTHER at the Royal Lyceum Edinburgh. Drew is Artistic Director of Performance Collective Stranraer. Find out more - visit

Please complete the application form below and provide a brief evidence of your idea.

We accept written or video applications.

  • Deadline for applications is 12 noon Monday 10 December
  • Interviews will take place at Scottish Youth Theatre on Friday 14 December
  • To apply you must be available Saturday 12 January for an initial development day in Dundee 
  • Accessibility needs will not affect your application and applications are welcome from anyone aged 18 - 25 who fits the specifications listed above

Equality and Diversity

We are committed to equality of opportunity in everything we do and want to make sure we are working with young people from a wide range of backgrounds. In order to monitor this, we need to collect some information from the young people we work with.  This information will be anonymous and completely confidential and will not be used for any purpose other than to support our actions regarding equality of opportunity and for the purpose of statistical analysis.

Complete our short questionnaire here


If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further then please contact:
Lisa Williamson, Participation and Young Artist Associate at Dundee Rep or 
Laura Spence, Scottish Youth Theatre Assistant Producer

If applying with a video application, please email this to BOTH Lisa Williamson and Laura Spence before the deadline. 

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