Theatre Forum Mentor Programme

The 2015 Mentor Programme is designed with independent and freelance producers in mind. It offers producers working professionally in the performing arts six sessions with a personal mentor.

Mentoring is a relationship of mutual respect between a more experienced person, the mentor and a less experienced one, the mentee. It’s an opportunity for emerging producers to get the benefit of a mentor’s expertise and experience to help you achieve success in your own work. While it’s a two-way relationship, the mentee’s role is to drive the process.

Mentors are respected arts professionals with wide-ranging production expertise. The role of the mentor is to respond as an active witness to their mentee’s development. Expect mentors to work on the principle that they are working with someone who is inherently talented and resourceful as well as able to work independently to resolve issues once they are identified and understood. When appropriate, specific expertise will be available from mentors to accelerate your acquisition of essential knowledge or skills.

A panel matches applicants with a suitable mentor based on their application. Their aim is to ensure that individuals are matched with the most appropriate mentor for their specific needs. The matching process involves many people so that it may not be possible to offer you an alternative mentor if, for any reason, you cannot accept the person with whom you have been matched. 

How does it work?
The 3-person panel, two mentors and Theatre Forum’s manager, will meet in early April to select and match mentees and their mentors. Successful applicants will meet their mentor later in April, after which both will commit to the Mentor Programme:

  • 6 one-to-one confidential 1 hour sessions between April and December 2015
  • Make time to reflect on the mentee’s working practice, achievements and aims
  • Support the mentee in work developments, projects and role
  • Develop self-awareness, confidence and skills to enhance the mentee’s performance with new insights into their own situation. 

Selection Criteria
Applications from mentees will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Producing experience
  • Demonstration of how you would benefit from this support in your development as a producer
  • Commitment to meet your mentor 6 times from April-December 2015
  • Individual membership or working with an organisation that is a member of Theatre Forum.


  • 30 March 2015: Closing date for applications from mentees
  • 10 April 2015: Applicants notified/matched
  • From mid-April 2015: Induction meeting for mentees followed by first of six sessions with mentors
  • December 2015: Final mentoring session.

Applications CLOSED.

Please note: Membership must be up-to-date to access the programme. 
And for non-members, if you would like to join Theatre Forum we would be delighted to hear from you or join here.