Emerging Critics Scheme

Introducing VAULT Festival Emerging Critics Scheme!

What is it?

The VAULT Festival Emerging Critics Scheme is for new or emerging arts and culture critics to develop their critical voice.

Taking place at VAULT Festival 2020 (28th January – 22nd March) this unique opportunity gives you expert mentorship from leading industry critics, support in getting your reviews published and free access to VAULT Festival shows!

Who is it for?

This scheme is particularly aimed at emerging critics from diverse or under-represented backgrounds. To be eligible you must –

  • Be over 18 on or before 28th January 2020.
  • Have been writing reviews and or critiquing for no longer than 18 months prior, either on your own blog or via another website / publication.
  • Be available to see and review one show per week at VAULT Festival 2020 from Tuesday 28th January – Sunday 22nd March. Tickets will be free of charge.
What does it involve?

This scheme is a unique opportunity for four emerging reviewers to develop their writing and critical voice. You will be supported by the scheme’s mentors to regularly review for different types of performance at VAULT Festival. This will include one to one feedback sessions, group feedback from fellow participants and support in getting published.

There will also be selected ‘guest’ Q+A sessions from leading reviewers, bloggers and industry professionals plus we’ll plus we’ll feature all names of those taking part on the VAULT Festival website!

Who are the mentors?

The Emerging Critics Schemes mentors are leading arts critics Rosemary Waugh and Ava Wong Davies.

Rosemary regularly writes reviews, features and interviews for the leading publications New Statesman, Time Out, The Stage and Exeunt. She was also critic-in-residence at The North Wall Arts Centre in Oxford.

Ava is a regular contributor to Exeunt Magazine, The Stage, and gal-dem. As a playwright, her work has been presented at The Yard, The Bunker, Theatre Deli, VAULT Festival, and The North Wall and is currently part of the Bush Theatre’s Emerging Writers Group.

How to Apply!

Applications for the Emerging Critics Scheme are now open! To find out how to apply and to submit your application please click HERE.

Deadline for applications – 10th December 2019, 5pm.

In the meantime check out the VAULT Festival programme HERE!