SEEDS Apprenticeships

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Read profiles of our SEEDS apprentices for 2021.

About SEEDS Apprenticeships

Since 2001 Rough Magic has been the pioneer of artist development in Irish theatre, through its SEEDS programme for emerging artists – based on mentoring, research and creative engagement. SEEDS has been Ireland’s premiere development programme for the past nineteen years; an impressive number of graduates of the programme have gone on to make a significant contribution to the professional theatre sector and many continue to work with Rough Magic. So far there have been more than 50 SEEDS participants. Over 50% have been directly employed by Rough Magic and over 85% are currently working as full-time theatre professionals. Read more about our SEEDS alumni.

To mark the programme’s 20th anniversary we now intend to design a new iteration to take us into the next decade.

Three emerging/early-career artists will be placed with the company annually for a 12-month engagement. 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 for the duration of the production. They will be invited to join a dialogue with the company, with a view to honing skills and expanding creative thinking.

Participants will be selected across the disciplines of

  • Directing
  • Costume Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Video Design
  • Set Design
  • Sound Design

Candidates who work across disciplines will be considered fully eligible.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrable interest in theatre production and some experience at undergraduate or Fringe level of making live work for a paying public. They will have good communication skills, and the ability both to work within and lead a creative team.

Besides proven skill and artistic ability they will need to demonstrate an original and motivated vision, ambition and intellectual clarity. They must have a good working knowledge of theatre practice and production in contemporary Ireland. An understanding of Rough Magic, its ethos and history, and a comprehension of the principal of ensemble is essential; also, a sense of the practicalities of theatre making. Proposed, but as yet unproduced, projects will be of interest to the selection panel; we aim to assist work of high merit to come to fruition where possible.

Participants are given the position of Assistant to the Director or Designer as appropriate on a Rough Magic production. This supporting role will require creative input as needed and will be paid a weekly wage in line with the company rate for emerging artists over the course of the rehearsal and production period.


FAQ about the SEEDS Apprenticeships

I don’t live in Ireland, can I still apply?

Successful candidates need to be available to attend meetings and commitments in person at our Dublin City Centre office. For this reason, we would be looking for Ireland-based candidates within reach of, or based in, Dublin.

I’m in a full time third-level education programme, can I still apply?

Due to the nature of the placements and commitments in SEEDS, those in full time education would, unfortunately, not be suitable. We encourage you to apply when you have finished your studies. However, those who are in Masters or part-time 3rd Level education would be considered eligible.

Do I need prior experience to apply for SEEDS Apprenticeships?

As SEEDS is a developmental programme, we are looking for applicants who already have some experience of working in theatre, who are looking to progress their knowledge and gain experience as professionals, and who have demonstrated a passion for theatre-making.

Can I apply for two SEEDS Apprenticeship Strands?

Yes you can! But please be aware you can only be shortlisted for one strand

What should be included in my outline of work-in-progress ?

For your application – we would be looking for a current work-in-progress, or a project you would be interested in making. It is an opportunity to talk about the kind of work you are interested in as an artist and your process as a theatre maker.

For the references, should I supply letters of reference or just contact details of my referees?
For the initial stage of applications, contact details for those willing to give you a reference will suffice. However, if you have letters of reference to hand, or are in a position to obtain them, please include them with your application.


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