Production Bridging Initiative

The Production Bridging Initiative by The Finger Players is a programme for mid-career practitioners. This practitioner should have had experience in various executive roles, and would like to gain entry into managerial positions in the field of Production Management. The selected applicant will receive project fees throughout the duration of her/his participation. 

ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

In 2022, The Production Bridging Initiative will be focusing its effort in grooming Production Managers, as an attempt to contribute to the current supply gap of production managers in the local theatre scene.  

The selected individual can acquire industry knowledge by working on a broad range of different programmes, from black box shows to outdoor community theatre performances. This will ensure the participant not only receives a broad range of management experience, but gets to hone the different and specific skill sets needed for the respective production types.  

The candidate will work on TFP productions and programmes under the mentorship of Lam Dan Fong, a TFP Core Member and experienced Production Manager and Stage Manager. At the end of this programme, the individual should be an industry-ready practitioner, with sufficient experience and confidence to build up a strong career in production management.  

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must: 

  • Have at least 3 years of relevant experience in the theatre industry (Production Assistant, Production Coordinator, Stage Manager) 
  • Reside in, or be able to relocate to, Singapore  
  • Have a strong desire to work in production management
  • Carefully read through all information provided submit a thoughtfully completed application 

APPLICATION TIMELINE

9 May 2022Application opens
13 June 2022Application closes
20 – 30 June 2022Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview
4 – 22 July 2022Interviews
1 August 2022Application results announcement
1st week of October 2022Commencement of Cycle #2  (October 2022 – end March 2023) 

FAQ

How do you define “3 years of relevant experience in the theatre industry” ?

Production Manager Track – at least 3 years of experience in the theatre industry as a Production Assistant, Production Coordinator or Stage Manager.
However, if you do not have experience in the roles mentioned above, please still write to us at project@fingerplayers.com to clarify your position.

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. You do not need to have an interest in puppetry, but we encourage you to have an open mind. A curiosity in the art form would be desirous.

What are my working hours like?

The selected applicant’s working hours will follow the programme that has been charted in accordance to TFP’s programming. This will be shared with you during the interview session. We understand that you may have prior commitments and engagements, and would like to reassure you that this schedule will be up for discussion.

We encourage the selected mentee to manage her/his time around the programme’s requirements, and we would like to remind applicants that production hours do not follow conventional office hours. 

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 process be like?

You will be meeting with the mentor of this programme, alongside the Project Manager and one of the Co-Artistic Director(s) of The Finger Players. 

Who will I be working most closely with?

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

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PRODUCTION BRIDGING INITIATIVE – PAST MENTEES

TrackNameProductions Involved
Production Manager TrackAng Hwee LengThe Maker’s Project 2020/21 
The Puppeteer Prepares (Arts in Your Neighbourhood Pasir Ris 2021)  
Stage Manager TrackFae TanJun and the Octopus Phase 1 – Test shows at Esplanade  
Jun and the Octopus Phase 2 – Test shows in school
Jun and the Octopus Phase 3 – Actual performance in Esplanade (Postponed to 2022) 
Production Manager TrackMerissa TangThe Maker’s Project 2021/22
Scam on You – A community outreach project (POSTPONED)