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This year, we have 4 artist residencies. These residencies will support artists to make new work for the theatre.

You can apply as in individual artist or a group of artists.

If you are chosen for the residency, you will get:

  • practical help and advice,
  • time and space in a studio,
  • money, and
  • equipment.

To read our commonly asked question about residencies click here.

To access this information in BSL click here.

| Discover

If you are chosen for one of the Discover residencies:

  • you will get £5,000
  • and have up to 2 weeks in a studio to work on your play. You do not have to use the 2 weeks all at once. You can spread out the time over 3 months.


This residency is for people who:

  • live in the Highlands, or
  • are committed to making work in the Highlands, for the people who live there.

You can apply by yourself, or as part of a duo or a collective. We are working with Eden Court for this residency.

When we say ‘people who live in the Highlands’, we mean people who live in Highland Council and Moray Council areas. But we might also choose people who live in other places in the Highlands and Islands. For example people who live in Argyll and Bute, the Western Isles, or Orkney and Shetland.

| Discover (Writer)

This residency is for writers who want to start work on a piece of new writing for theatre. Writers need to have had at least one written professional work made. This can have been in any form.

| Click here to find out more about the Discover residencies |

| Develop

If you are chosen for one of the Develop residencies:

  • you will get £20,000
  • and have up to 6 weeks in a studio to work on your play. You do not have to use the 6 weeks all at once. You can spread the time out over 5 months.

| Develop (Disabled Artists)

This residency is for disabled artists. You can apply by yourself, or as part of an artist group. If you apply as a group, at least half of the artists in the group must be disabled.

When we say ‘disabled artists’, we mean artists who identify as:

  • disabled
  • deaf
  • blind or partially sighted
  • neurodivergent
  • having a long-term illness, including mental illness.

| Develop (Artists in Community)

This residency is to create a short art project with the community in North Glasgow. You can apply by yourself, or as part of a company or community group. This will be part of a bigger project called Neighbourhood Project.

To apply for this residency, you must:

  • live in North Glasgow or have a connection to North Glasgow.
  • Have worked in a community setting before. This means you have done an art project with local people before.
| Click here to find out more about the Develop residencies |

| Who can apply for a residency?

Artists from any artform can apply for a residency.

Artists who apply must:

  • have worked in theatre before.
    For the Discover (Writer) residency, you need to have at least one play professionally staged.
    For the other residencies, you do not need to have lots of experience. You can be at the start of your career or be thinking about trying a new role.
  • Have an idea for a project that fits one or more of our programme priorities. These are our main goals.
  • Live and work in Scotland.
  • Be legally allowed to work in the UK
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Not be a full time student.

Who cannot apply?

We will not choose someone:

  • who has been a lead artist (such as playwright or director) on a National Theatre of Scotland main stage production
  • who has had more than 3 works which have been commissioned and fully funded. This means that a venue or company has supported your play from the very beginning to being put on a main stage.
  • who has already had one of these opportunities:
    - Starter (Engine Room)
    - Discover or Develop (2022-23)
    - a writers’ attachment with NTS within the last 5 years

You can apply even if you haven’t worked with us before.

Can I apply more than once?

You can apply for more than one residency. But you must apply with a different idea for each residency.

You can only apply once to each of these residencies: Discover (Writer), Discover (Highlands) and Develop (Disabled Artists).

You can apply more than once to Develop (Artists in Community).

You will not be chosen for more than one residency.

| Our programme priorities

For all 4 residencies, we want artists whose project or idea fits into our programme priorities in creative ways. Programme priorities are important goals that we want to achieve. These goals include different types of projects, audiences, and themes:

  • Work about climate justice. This means thinking about how to solve the climate crisis in way that is fairer for all people.
  • Work about modern Scotland
  • Big and exciting events for lots of people
  • Work by, with and for people in areas where theatre companies do not normally put on shows. For example, work that will travel around the countryside.
  • “Site-specific” work. This means work that is specially made to fit with a specific place.
  • Work by, with and for groups of people who were not treated fairly in the past and are still not included now. For example, disabled people, or People of Colour.
  • Work for younger people (18-35)
  • Work that celebrate all languages spoken in Scotland, like Gaelic, Scots, and British Sign Language (BSL).

Your project does not have to fit into all these goals. But it should fit into at least one of these goals.

Here is our commonly asked questions info sheet.If you have a question or an issue that isn’t here or need more information then do please get in touch via email or phone 0141 227 9499.

Alternatively, we also have an online session (on Zoom) where we can answer specific questions on your application directly, this will have BSL interpretation and live captions. This session is on 12 September 10:30am-11:30am. Please contact to be sent the details.