The Fellowship Programme

ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

The Fellowship Programme is a year-long leadership development programme for mid-career theatre practitioners, who may or may not have engaged with puppetry previously, but have a keen interest in deepening their understanding about the craft of puppetry.

The Fellow will be given a wholistic, hands-on experience within the annual programming of The Finger Players (TFP). They will be paid a project fee through various shadowing, facilitating, and assisting opportunities:

  • To attend TFP Masterclasses

  • To shadow a TFP Main Season Production

  • To assist in a TFP Community Production

  • To assist in various puppetry-related workshops

We respect every applicant’s respective creative desires, and are also open to sharing our programming with the selected applicant, to plot her/his Fellowship journey together.

If you are interested to learn more about our previous Fellow’s experience in the programme, you can read her #HelloTFP feature, or her Fellow Journals documenting her experience of being a dramaturg for TFP Production Jun and the Octopus.

For more information, download:

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:

  1. Have at least 5 years of experience in the theatre industry
  2. Be a Singaporean Citizen/PR
  3. Have a strong desire to work in their selected field
  4. Carefully read through the instructions and submit a thoughtfully completed application

SELECTION PROCESS

8 February 2021 – 31 March 2021: Call for applicants

1 April 2021  – 30 April 2021: Interviews

1 May 2021 – 16 May 2021: Deliberation & second interview (if necessary)

17 May 2021 – 21 May 2020: Successful applicant will be notified

1 July 2021 – 30 June 2022: Fellowship Window

APPLICATION SUBMISSION

Please email your application, together with the most updated CV to admin@fingerplayers.com.

Download the application form here:

PROGRAMME DETAILS/TIMELINE

June 2021: Meeting with Co-Artistic Director(s) to chart Fellowship Journey and organise schedules

July 2021: Start of Fellowship journey

December 2021: Progress-charting meeting with Co-Artistic Director(s)

May 2022: Reflection meeting with Co-Artistic Director(s)

30 June 2022: End of Fellowship journey

All applications should reach admin@fingerplayers.com with the heading “Application for Fellowship Programme: Your Name” no later than 31 March 2021, 1800hrs.

All applications will be treated with the utmost confidence.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do you define “5 years of experience in the theatre industry” ?

Please write to us at admin@fingerplayers.com to find out more.

What if I don’t have five full years of experience eg sporadic, part-time, amateur/non-professional?

Please still write to use if you are very keen to apply.

I am not an actor, can I still apply?

Yes. We are looking for practitioners who have interest across all disciplines – whether in design, performance, or making.

I have no interest in puppetry, should I apply?

The Finger Players is a theatre company that specializes in puppetry, and most productions would include some form of puppetry. A curiosity in the art form would be desirous.

What are my fellowship hours like?

Your fellowship journey depends on the number of projects that you will be able to commit yourself to. We encourage the selected fellow to manage her/his time around the fellowship programme’s requirements.

How will I be remunerated?

You will be remunerated on a project-basis.

Do I get to enjoy any company benefits?

Unfortunately no, because you are not a full-time salaried staff member. However, we will be covering you for basic insurance for the projects that you are committed to.

What will the interview and audition process be like?

The interview will be with the Core Members of The Finger Players and the Co-Artistic Director(s). You will also be asked to do a short presentation relating to puppetry or the puppetry philosophy. This presentation is not meant to discern performance virtuosity.

The interview may also be video-recorded for reference after the interview. We will seek your consent if we are to do so. The recordings of all interviews will be deleted after the selected fellow has been notified. 

Who will I be working most closely with?

Everyone at The Finger Players, because it is made up of a core group of artists and managers.