Peter Hall Emerging Artists Fellowship - 2021 Candidate Applications

The scheme 

To commemorate the extraordinary legacy of its founding artistic director, Sir Peter Hall, the Rose, in 2019, launched the Peter Hall Emerging Artists Fellowship (PHEAF) — an expression of the theatre's commitment to being both a distinctive producing house and a developer of theatre talent. 

The first recipient of this award was the exceptional young director Fay Lomas. We are now looking for the next Fellow who will join us in 2021. The successful candidate will be a director in the early stages of their career who has a passion for the artform and who can demonstrate a distinctive vision for the kind of theatre they aspire to make. We believe that greater diversity at the Rose increases our creative work and effectiveness; so, we will particularly welcome applicants from all backgrounds. We are especially keen to hear from artists who consider themselves to have protected characteristics or are in disadvantaged circumstances.

They will assist on at least three Rose Theatre productions (between autumn 2021 and spring 2022) and will support our new artistic director Christopher Haydon on all creative aspects of running the theatre as he opens his first season with us. They will also have the opportunity to gain experience in a range of departments across the organisation in order to increase their understanding of how a large producing theatre functions. The full content of the Fellowship will be discussed and agreed on appointment. Every care will be taken to ensure that it is tailored to the specific needs and interests of the successful applicant, while also ensuring that they are able to make a valuable and tangible contribution to the life of the theatre as a whole. 

The Fellowship will lead up to a professional staged production directed by the Fellow in the Rose Studio. The production will run for a week, be paid for by the PHEAF and produced by the Rose. 

The position is part-time and comes with a bursary of £10,000 to be paid in instalments.


About the Rose

Rose Theatre is the largest producing theatre in South West London and has established itself since its 2008 opening as one of the most exciting theatres in the UK.

The Rose enjoys artistic and critical acclaim from its own Rose Original productions and co-productions, as well as from hosting the work of some of the UK’s most renowned theatre companies. 

Since March 2020, the Rose has remained connected with audiences and communities through delivering engaging digital work including: Readings From The Rose sharing a series of poems read aloud by prominent actors and creatives as a means of bringing joy and creativity into homes during uncertain times; and Through Rose Tinted Specs, its first-ever podcast featuring Christopher Haydon, Artistic Director in conversation with emerging and established industry professionals about upcoming work and the future of the industry. The Rose has now also successfully streamed Freckle Productions’ Stick Man and Tall Stories’ The Gruffalo to family audiences across the UK.

The Rose is home to one of the largest youth theatres in the country, offering over 1,000 participants training, careers advice and the opportunity to take part in commercial productions. During Lockdown, the programme has offered inspiring and empowering online workshops for people up to and over the ages of 55.

As a registered charity, the Rose is dependent on support from its stakeholders, individuals, charitable funders and corporate sponsors. As the pandemic has halted income from ticket sales and commercial activity, the #RoseEndures appeal, which has already secured over 1,700 gifts to support the theatre, will run as long as the theatre’s activities are impacted.


Application guidance




  • Aged 18 or over 
  • Available (part-time) over the entire period of the Fellowship, September 2021 – May 2022 (ideally you will be fully available for rehearsals on the following dates: Monday 9 August to Tuesday 7 September 2021, Monday 24 January to Tuesday 1 March 2022, Monday 14 March to Tuesday 26 April) 
  • Evidence of having directed a full-length theatre production and/or had professional theatre experience of not less than 12 months. But as we have said we believe that greater diversity at the Rose increases our creative work and effectiveness. So, if you do not fulfil all the criteria in the Person Specification but can bring other relevant experience and knowledge from outside your professional life please do put this in the application. 
  • We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and we encourage applicants who are from underrepresented groups and/or protected characteristics. We value having a diverse pool of applicants in order to enable us to find the best candidates.



  • A CV (max 2 pages), including experience in professional and amateur theatre and any other relevant experience 
  • Your contact details including email address and telephone number 
  • A written statement (max 300-350 words) answering the question: “Why does theatre matter?” 
  • A written statement (max 300-350 words) about a theatre artist who inspires you or a show you saw that you loved 
  • Alternatively, if you would rather submit a video or audio recording answer these questions, please feel free to do so - ensuring each answer is a maximum of around 2 minutes 
  • Details of two referees: name, their relationship to you, email address and telephone number



  • Candidates should email their completed application to [email protected] 
  • Applications must be received no later than Friday 7 May
  • All candidates will be notified as to whether or not they have an interview by Friday 21 May and will be expected to be available for interview on Wednesday 26 May
  • Final selection to be made and appointed Fellow announced by Friday 11 June


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