Projekt Elevate – Call Out

Are you a first generation migrant theatre maker based in the UK? Are you excited about making co-created work for and with your local community?

Alongside PROJEKT EUROPA we are launching a new opportunity to develop your creative ideas for co-created work in collaboration with your local theatre.

PROJEKT EUROPA is awarding 9 micro-commissions to migrant theatre makers to develop ideas for co-created work in their local communities. We are one of three venues partnering with the project alongside the Royal & Derngate and the Rose Theatre.

If selected, you will work with PROJEKT EUROPA to create an artistically ambitious concept for production, with co-creation at the heart of your idea. Over ten weeks, PROJEKT EUROPA will support and champion you and your work, helping you to develop a strong relationship with the Mercury, with the opportunity to share your idea with our artistic leadership team for programming consideration.

Closing date for applications: 11.59pm, Monday 14 March 2022.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is it?

We are looking for first generation migrant theatre makers to develop ideas for co-created work in their local communities. In partnership with Royal & Derngate and Rose Theatre, PROJEKT EUROPA are awarding 9 micro-commissions in total, worth £750 each, to migrant theatre makers.

How will it work?

Following a national callout, PROJEKT EUROPA will identify nine artists and support them for ten weeks in developing production proposals for their local theatre. We will provide artistic, dramaturgical and practical advice, and facilitate the collaboration between the artists and the theatres. At the end of the programme, the artists will present their ideas back to the artistic leadership teams of each theatre, who will consider them for production.

Who is eligible to apply?

– You are a first generation migrant living in the UK (please see our definition of first generation migrant below)
– You are a theatre maker with an interest in co-created work and consider the Mercury Theatre, Colchester to be your local theatre
– You believe you have sufficient experience to deliver an ambitious co-created project
– There is no age limit on applications and students are welcome to apply.

How do I know if I am a first generation migrant?

We recognise that there are many circumstances by which you can identify as a first generation migrant. To help, we have included suggested definitions (examples only) as articulated by Migrants in Theatre (link to the full document here):

● You do not hold a British passport but reside primarily in the UK, or
● You have moved to the UK after spending formative years abroad, or
● You weren’t born in the UK and have English as a second language, or
● You moved to the UK as a child, are culturally British but still seen as a migrant in the eyes of decision makers (especially if your name is foreign, if your ethnicity isn’t white, if you trained abroad etc.), or
● You are an asylum seeker in the UK, or
● You are a refugee in the UK, or
● You are undocumented in the UK

You may recognise yourself under one or more of these points, or none at all. Either way, please do apply if you consider yourself to be a first generation migrant.

What are the dates?

Successful applicants will be contacted in the week commencing 21st March. We are anticipating 3-4 online meetings across the subsequent 10 weeks, with the final pitches taking place in June 2022.

What is the fee?

Each artist will be given a £750 commission to develop their idea.

What do we mean by co-create?

By co-create we mean a collaborative process of making work which encourages professional artists and community members to work together to make and present a piece of theatre. We understand the collaborative process as an integral part of the idea, and the idea wouldn’t be able to exist without the co-creation process.

How do I apply?

To apply, please answer the following questions using 300-500 words for each response:
1. In recent times which piece of theatre has most inspired you and why?
2. Describe a project that you’d really like to make that you believe is in some way relevant to this callout.

Please send your answers to with the email subject ‘PROJEKT ELEVATE application’ along with a CV and a brief description of your current relationship (if any) to your local theatre.

The deadline for applications is Monday 14 March at 11.59pm.

You also need to complete an Equal Opportunities form, otherwise we won’t be able to consider your application. You can find that here: Equal Opportunities Form

If you’d rather send us a video with your responses, please ensure the video is no longer than 6 minutes and email us a link to view it on Please note that we are not able to download video files.

If you need translation support with your application please contact PROJEKT EUROPA and they will provide support. If an artist is commissioned who needs translation support, this will be provided.

What happens next?

All applications will be reviewed by PROJEKT EUROPA and the Mercury Theatre. We will let you know by the end of March if you have been selected. We will respond to all applicants, regardless of whether or not you are successful.


Founded in 2020, PROJEKT EUROPA is an international theatre company making new work by migrant theatre makers for local and global audiences. We make theatre from an international perspective, exploring new sustainable ways of collaborating across borders. We are resident company at The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, and from this base we originate, develop and produce our work.