A platform for Singapore-based early-career directors to showcase their work.

TRIP is a new programme by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, presented as part of The Studios, that aims to provide early-career directors with the opportunity to direct their own productions and showcase their work at the Esplanade Theatre Studio.

On this TRIP, each director will have the chance to direct two productions over the course of two years (one per year) within a safe and supportive environment. Esplanade will produce both productions and provide additional resources by way of the stewardship of an experienced creative and technical team, as well as a professional venue. In Year 1, they will select a work from an assigned pool of scripts. In Year 2, they will be able to stage a work of their choice.

We would like to invite proposals from early-career directors who are looking for the right opportunity to stage works they strongly believe in.  We are looking for directors who are unafraid to dream big, with open minds for learning and collaboration, and are game to take on this challenge.

Directors will be shortlisted through an open call and only two will be selected after an interview with the Esplanade Programming team and a Resource Panel of experienced directors, comprising Edith PodestaAidli ‘Alin’ Mosbit, and Sean Tobin. This panel will also provide guidance to the participants through regular consultation sessions.

As part of your participation in TRIP, you will have:

  • The opportunity to direct and present two productions over two years at the Esplanade Theatre Studio.

    • In the first year, you will be asked to select from a pool of scripts.

    • In the second year, you will be able to stage a play of your choice.

    • Both productions will be ticketed and produced by Esplanade.

  • Access to full professional Creative and Technical teams.

    • Apart from working with these teams directly on the productions, you will also be able to learn about their wider experiences in working in the industry through coffee chats and informal meetings.

  • Access to a Resource Panel of experienced directors for guidance and advice at specific key milestones of the productions' development.

  • Industry chats with experienced professionals within and beyond the programme framework.

  • Opportunities to attend selected performances at Esplanade, where possible.

  • Opportunities to attend selected Esplanade Academy courses, where suitable and feasible. Past courses have covered topics such as Production and Technical Theatre Practice and Stage Lighting Design.

23 May 2022

Start of Open Call

3 Jul 2022

Deadline to submit applications (11:59pm GMT+8)

Mid Aug 2022

Interviews with selected applicants

Early Sep 2022

Notification of results and announcement of the selected participants


TRIP 2022 – 2024 begins

Sep 2022

Introduction to the Programme

Oct 2022 – Jan 2023 

Explorations, workshops and meetings with Creative and Technical teams

Feb – Mar 2023 

Rehearsals for Year 1 Productions

27 Mar – 9 Apr 2023 

Presentation of Year 1 Productions

End Apr 2023 

Feedback and Debrief

May – Jun 2023 

Planning for Year 2 Productions

Jun 2023 – Jan 2024

Explorations, workshops and meetings with Creative and Technical teams

Feb – Mar 2024 

Rehearsals for Year 2 Productions

8 – 21 Apr 2024

Presentation of Year 2 Productions End Apr 2024 Feedback and Debrief


The exact dates, times and venues are to be confirmed.

You will be expected to commit to the full duration of the programme, which includes attending all meetings, consultation sessions, performances and Esplanade Academy courses.

As part of your participation in TRIP, you will have:

  • A stipend of $2,000 for each year of the programme.

  • A director's fee for each production (to be discussed with selected applicants).

  • The production costs of both presentations, which includes manpower, technical resources as well as rehearsal and performance venues. The production budgets are subject to Esplanade’s approval.

  • Access to the Resource Panel for consultation.

  • Opportunities to network, engage and work with seasoned theatre design and technical professionals.

  • Esplanade will market and publicise the productions as part of The Studios: TRIP.


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