Interested in theatre and technology? Fellowship application is now live for UoP staff and students

The Faculty of Creative Industries shares news of the new Fellowship project that’s partnered with the University of Portsmouth. The Fellowship is a work placement with a salary of £15,000 and  it gives students, academics and post-graduates the opportunity to explore the future of theatre with Magic Leap technology.

Description of the fellowships:

Recognising that new technologies require new skills, learnings, frameworks and research to support real world applications, the RSC and Magic Leap working with University Partners – University of Portsmouth, i2 media research Limited at Goldsmiths University of London, and University of Birmingham have designed a programme of Fellowships which create real world opportunities for students, academics and post-graduates that will deliver a bespoke set of R&D projects exploring the future of theatre with Magic Leap technology.

This series of R&D will be delivered in 2019 and will feed into the next stages of the RSC / Magic Leap partnership to be applied in larger-scale outputs and be a crucial spine to the critical framing of this work for artists, audiences and companies.

The fellowships will range in a variety of skills and expertise – creative (actor, performer, designer, producer), narrative (writer, dramaturge), technical production (Photogrammetry, Motion-capture and Volumetric-capture), spacial computing, programmers and coders.  Building up a repository of practitioners, learnings and knowledge to develop work for audiences in 2020 onwards.

Number and duration of fellowships:

The six fellowships will be given a £15,000 bursary and be expected to commit to two days a week across one year and focus on key applications of the technology in the theatre-making toolkit.

Resources for each fellow and include:

  • Access to Magic Leap technology, skills, expertise and wider team.
  • RSC support and project management of the programme for the fellows throughout the year
  • Access to RSC equipment, skills and expertise
  • Access to hardware and software for building of R&D projects
  • Additional resources to deliver R&D – developer time, creative and design time, actor time, materials for physical builds – to be agreed and approved during the fellowship
  • International flight and accommodation to Magic Leap in Florida for a week-long residency and UK travel and accommodation for week long residency at RSC.

Outputs and deliverables will be:

  • Completed R&D project in 2019
  • Attendance at all required workshops, briefings, field trips, events and sharings
  • Documentation including project planning, learnings, process and outcomes
  • Meetings with University hosts, RSC and Magic Leap

Schedule and time commitment for fellows:

  • Week long residency at Magic Leap
  • Week long residency at RSC
  • Monthly masterclass and lab
  • Mentoring sessions
  • Interviews

Application deadline: Thursday 3 January 2019, with interview workshops being held on Monday 21 January in London. 

All applications should be made online using the RSC website. If you need any assistance when applying, please contact the Recruitment Team on 01789 412625 or email

We are committed to building a diverse workforce and welcome applications from all individuals.

The RSC strives for excellence, and values integrity, inclusion, ambition and innovation. We act with respect, show leadership and build resilient ways of working in all our activities.

We aim to create a welcoming, supportive environment which is happy, healthy and safe. We place great importance upon developing a diverse, highly motivated and energised workforce to help achieve our priorities. We put our values at the heart of everything we do.

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