Neurostages Mentorship - Detailed Version

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As part of the NEUROSTAGES festival we will offer four paid mentorship opportunities to neurodivergent artists based in Scotland to start a new performance idea, develop an existing idea or their practice with the support of a mentor and to share or discuss outcomes from their mentorship as part of the NEUROSTAGES programme.

Artists will receive a budget of £1,000 which can be used to pay themselves and any collaborators. In addition they will be supported with three mentorship sessions with a paid professional mentor who they will be matched with based on their needs. We will endeavour to meet all access needs of the artists selected. Access needs can include: BSL interpretation, childcare, support worker or personal assistant support, communication and information in formats that best suit the artist, accessible and quiet spaces – and other access requirements not listed here.

Artists will also be offered access to studio/rehearsal space and technical equipment at National Theatre of Scotland (in accordance with Scottish government COVID-19 guidelines if required and available). The mentorship should take place sometime in September – late October and dates, length and shape of the mentorship is flexible and will be determined by the artist and mentor with support from National Theatre of Scotland producer Anna Hodgart. Artists are also able to work at home, remotely or online if preferred.

NEUROSTAGES mentorships are not commissions or production opportunities, and all rights to any work generated will remain with the artists and their collaborators. However, artists will be invited to share their progress either live or pre-recorded at the NEUROSTAGES festival in October 2021. This sharing could be in the form of a relaxed conversation event with their mentor or a festival host, or it could be through a short presentation, or documentation of practice in progress.


Mentorships can be used to:

  • research and develop the initial seed of an idea
  • further develop an existing unproduced project
  • develop an artist’s skills and practice, or build new relationships

Artists are guaranteed up to 5 days access to working space at the National Theatre of Scotland building Rockvilla in Glasgow, but we will try to secure space at other geographical locations if required.

How to get involved:

This opportunity is open to artists across art forms (including theatre, music, sound, movement, film, visual art, story-telling, spoken word, dance etc), who wish to explore a new or existing bold and vital live performance idea that moves forward their practice and career.

Artists are welcome to apply as individuals, in pairs or as a collective. Please note that the panel will be prioritising applications where the work or activity is led by neurodivergent identifying artists, so where possible everyone named as a lead artist on an application should identify as neurodivergent. We understand that there may be specific reasons or contexts where that is not possible which we will take into account.

To apply, you must:

  • Be resident in Scotland
  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Identify as neurodivergent*
  • Be able to demonstrate that you’ve undertaken a relevant artistic project (outwith formal studies)

Be eligible to work in the UK and be able to provide evidence through the presentation of a valid passport or VISA if you are a non EU resident.

*Mentees do not need a formal diagnosis of a neurodivergent condition, and we welcome applicants who self-identify as neurodivergent.

Selection Process

Each mentorship will be selected by a panel comprising of National Theatre of Scotland staff, members of the Limitless partnership and members of SNPN. We will select the artists that most excite us through:

  • the ideas or forms being explored
  • the stated benefit to the artist’s practice

Two of the four mentorships will be ringfenced specifically for SNPN members to support the development of the network. If you’d like to join the network please visit the Facebook Page.

We would like the artists selected to reflect Scotland’s neurodiversity. We understand neurodiversity to mean any neurological difference from the norm, including autism, ADHD, dyspraxia, learning disability, dyslexia, epilepsy and a variety of chronic mental health conditions (if your neurodivergence is not listed here please do not be put off from applying!).

We actively welcome artists from ethnic minority communities, socially/economic diverse backgrounds, those who identify as D/deaf, disabled, artists based outside of the central belt and speakers of Scotland’s minoritised languages.

In making their selection, the panel will prioritise artists who have some practical experience in the area in which they propose to work. Similarly, we will prioritise artists who can demonstrate that the mentorship would give them the opportunity to develop their practice in a way that might be difficult otherwise. We are unlikely to prioritise artists who have previously had more than three fully funded and/or professionally produced opportunities for selection.

Application Process

To apply, please follow the link below to take you through to the Submittable application system. You will be asked to set up a Submittable account if you don’t already have one. You will then be taken to the application page which has a series of short questions to answer. You can type answers to these into the form or else you can upload a short video or audio file instead, there is an option to do so in the form.

To Apply please complete this Submittable application here.

If you have any problems in accessing the application form or engaging with the process, please get in touch with National Theatre of Scotland producer Anna:


Go Live Date: 30 June 2021

Applications Close: 12noon on 4 August 2021

Decisions: By 6pm on 13 August 2021

Mentors agreed by 31 August 2021

Timescale for Mentorships: September-October 2021

Sharing at NEUROSTAGES Festival: 15 and 16 October 2021

Panel: National Theatre of Scotland staff, Limitless partner members and SNPN members (TBC).