Since 2001 Rough Magic has been a pioneer of artist development in Irish theatre, through the SEEDS programme.  SEEDS  has been Ireland’s most comprehensive development programme over nineteen years; and now a new iteration is here to take the original concept into the next decade.

The new COMPASS programme, launching in 2021, will offer three SEEDS Apprenticeships and a Trainee Producer position annually.

3 emerging/early-career artists across the disciplines of directing and design (sound, lighting, set and costume) will be placed with the company annually for a 12-month programme. Participants will be given desk space with the company, offered mentorship from the Rough Magic artistic team, support with their own independent projects and employment as paid assistants on a Rough Magic production.

Trainee Producer – a 12-month part-time employment opportunity with the company for an early-career freelance theatre producer. The selected candidate will help coordinate COMPASS activities as well as assisting on Rough Magic productions as agreed, learning on the job. They will be provided with access to a desk, and mentorship and support for their own independent projects.

Details on the application process for the new SEEDS Apprenticeships will be released in early 2021.

Rough Magic welcome applications from everyone, and would like to encourage applications that are representative of Ireland’s artists in all their diversity – including but not limited to: people across the socioeconomic spectrum, people of colour, members of the Traveller Community, people with disabilities and LGBTQI+ people.

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