The Marilyn Imrie Fellowship

In 2022, Stellar Quines and A Play, A Pie and A Pint have been working in partnership to launch three fellowships to support theatre artists to develop their practice. 

The fellowships are in memory of Marilyn Imrie, a celebrated theatre director and radio producer whose huge talent and inspiration played an important role within both companies.  

Applications are now being accepted for the first two fellowship positions which will be with Stellar Quines.

These fellowships will offer a bespoke, co-designed learning journey and development programme for theatre artists or practitioners who are interested in exploring or developing intersectional feminist theatre practice in any discipline. 

The fellowship with A Play, A Pie and A Pint will open at a later date. 

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How does it work? 

The fellowship will take place over 9 months from October 2022 – June 2023. Each fellow will receive £4,000. Minimum of 50% goes to you as an artist, with the remaining agreed as expenses.  

Each fellow will identify a line of enquiry which will be the focus for their fellowship programme. This should be in the form of a question about their practice that they want to explore or develop. We will refine and develop this over the course of the fellowship.  

While each programme will be uniquely designed to match the individuals’ objectives and needs, every programme will include access to mentoring, bespoke introductions/ connections, sharing opportunities, an agreed budget.    

Who can apply? 

We are seeking artists and practitioners whose practice aligns with Stellar Quines’ mission to explore intersectional feminism through the performing arts and with those who are challenging the patriarchy through their work.  Applicants’ line of inquiry may speak directly to this practice, or it may not.



  • Practitioners of any discipline within theatre may apply – e.g. writing, performing, directing, design, production/technical, engagement, marketing/PR, producing, fundraising. 
  • Practitioners of any age, gender or career stage may apply.  
  • You will have experience of working in the professional theatre sector, although there is no minimum or maximum level of experience.   
  • You will have experience and interest in exploring and/or developing intersectional feminist theatre and/or work that challenges the patriarchy.   
  • You will be based and working in Scotland.  
  • We will prioritise applications from practitioners from historically marginalised groups.  
  • We will accept applications from pairs or small groups of artists who have a shared practice but the level of bursary grant will be the same.   

Apply now

Download and read the info pack for full details about the programme before you apply.

To apply, please submit a proposal answering the questions outlined in the application form. Applications can be submitted in written, video or audio file formats. We welcome applications in BSL and/or alternative formats.

When applying, please also complete our online Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

Send your application to by end of day (23:59) on Monday 12 September 2022.   

Please get in touch if you require the info pack or application form in an alternative format.

Interested in applying? 

We will be running an online information session on Wednesday 10 August at 1pm for those interested in applying for The Marilyn Imrie Fellowship.  

If you would like to attend, please register your interest by emailing  

This session will be BSL interpreted.

Marilyn Imrie

Marlyn Imrie was a celebrated theatre director and one of the most respected producers of radio drama of her generation. Her work won awards and her reputation attracted some of the most notable talents in the profession. As well as directing productions for Stellar Quines and A Play, A Pie and A Pint, she also served as joint chair of the Board of Stellar Quines and was a long-time collaborator and friend to both companies.  

“Marilyn was a very accomplished stage and radio drama director and did many very successful productions for the Company. As Chair of the Board of Stellar Quines she brought new people and ideas into the frame, she was hugely ambitious for the Company and her influence and generosity took us to new and exciting places.She was always looking for new initiatives for us and would return from a visit to London with scripts and ideas for projects. 

“The spirit of Stellar Quines’ fellowship initiative is enshrined in Marilyn’s creative life and it is a fitting legacy to her loving kindness, talent and inspiration that she gave to all artists she worked with and to those in the future.” 

Muriel Romanes, former Artistic Director of Stellar Quines

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