University Women in the Arts open to mentorship applications

University Women in the Arts is a new one off scheme to mentor female students studying arts subjects at University level on making the transition to working in and leading the way in the arts.

10 female students studying the arts at University level will be selected for the scheme to be mentored over the course of a year by 14 women who are leading the way in the arts in the UK.

In addition to the mentoring scheme, public events will run over the course of 2016 – 2017 which will be open to all.

The full list of mentors is:

  • Anne Edyvean, Head of BBC Writersroom
  • Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre
  • Amanda Foreman, historian, columnist and presenter including of the recent BBC series The Ascent of Women
  • Elizabeth Freestone, Artistic Director of Pentabus Theatre
  • Charlotte Higgins, Chief Culture Writer at The Guardian
  • Kate Bryan, former Director of Art16, art historian and presenter and winner of the Women of the Future Arts and Culture Award
  • Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre and founder of the WOW Festivals
  • Lucy Kerbel, founder and Director of Tonic Theatre
  • Pinky Lilani, founder of the Women of the Future Programme
  • Joanna Prior, Managing Director of Penguin General Books, President of the Publishers Association and Chair of the board of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction
  • Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of the English National Ballet
  • Kate Rowland, founder of BBC Writersroom, the BBC’s new writing department, and the former Creative Director of New Writing at the BBC, Head of BBC Radio Drama and Commissioner of Radio 3’s The Wire
  • Tanya Seghatchian, film producer of films including the Harry Potter series and My Summer of Love and former Head of the Film Fund at the UK Film Council
  • Jennifer Tuckett, Course Leader of the new MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins, founder of the UK’s first industry partnered MA in Playwriting, and Director of Writers at Work Productions, which manages London Writers Week and The Student Guide to Writing amongst other projects

The scheme is being launched to address why more female students study arts subjects at University level but less make the transition to working in and leading the way in the arts.

How to apply:  The deadline for applications for the mentoring part of the scheme is midnight on March 26th 2016.  To apply, please send an email  to, explaining why you would like to take part in the scheme.

You should also attach to your email a short biography or CV (one page maximum), outlining what you are currently studying at University and at which University you are studying and what your other achievements are or what you would like your achievements to be.

Deadline: 26 March 2016 at midnight

Source:  Drama Centre London

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