Production Bridging Initiative

The Production Bridging Initiative, by The Finger Players, is a programme for mid-career practitioners who have been in various executive roles, to gain entry into managerial positions in the fields of Production or Stage 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 programme will run in two cycles:  

Cycle #1  1 December 2021 – 31 May 2022 
Cycle #2  1 September 2022 – 28 February 2023
 

ONE applicant will be selected for each cycle.  

In each cycle, 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.  

Cycle #1 is now open for application.  
Please refer below for more application details.

ELIGIBILITY: PRODUCTION MANAGER TRACK

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 their selected department 
  • Carefully read through the instructions and submit a thoughtfully completed application 

APPLICATION TIMELINE

30 August 2021Application opens
30 September 2021Application closes
4 – 10 October 2021Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview
11 – 31 October 2021Interviews
1 November 2021Application results announcement
1st week of December 2021Commencement of Cycle #1 (December 2021 – May 2022) 

If you are interested to apply for Cycle #2 (September 2022 – February 2023), the recruitment process will begin in January / February 2022. However, we encourage you to also send in your application now as an expression of interest.  

Timeline for Cycle #1
Timeline for Cycle #2

HOW TO APPLY

Complete the online application form with your updated CV/ Resume.

Please also include your hard NAs from December 2021 – May 2022, as this will be taken into consideration at the point of application. 

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.

What if I don’t have 2 full years of experience eg sporadic, part-time, amateur/non-professional?

Please still write to us if you are very keen to apply. However, priority will be given to applicants who expressed or demonstrate commitment to working long-term in the local theatre scene.  

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

Cycle 2021 (January – July 2021)  

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) 

TESTIMONIALS

“This has definitely prepared me more as a stage manager. I appreciate the opportunity to be in charge in rehearsal and make my own decisions, and to have guidance along the way. The learning was in stages and that eased me into the process.  

“I will definitely like to continue as a Stage Manager as I feel there is still a lot more for me to learn. Most of the challenges and concerns come from the unknown, however I also think that that is one of the excitement in putting a show together.” 

Fae Tan, PBI Mentee (Cycle 2021 – SM Track) 

“There is a big difference compared to school productions where we were very privileged to have a proper support system. 

“With this programme, it increased my confidence level in terms of what PM should do, the degree of attentiveness to detail needed from a PM and how a PM handles situations & people. 

“Although there are times when I felt helpless by the obstacles but at the end of the day, I really love the sense of accomplishment that comes with knowing that the fruits of our hard work is enjoyed by the audience.

“This is not something any other jobs can provide.” 

Ang Hwee Leng, PBI Mentee (Cycle 2021 – PM Track)