Zoukak’s Mentorship Program - 4th Edition: Narratives for an alternative present

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Zoukak’s Mentorship Program and Production Support Grant
4th Edition: Narratives for an alternative present

Deadline for applications: 7 May 2021 before midnight

Fill in the application form in your preferred language (Download the application: in English or in Arabic) and send it along with the supporting documents to: coordination@zoukak.org

Download full call for applications: English / Arabic

Zoukak is launching the 4th edition of its “Mentorship Program and Production Support Grant”: Narratives for an alternative present.

The program aims to develop the artistic skills of emerging performing artists residing in Lebanon, and supporting them in the creation of an original work. Through continuous and thorough follow up on their practice by an assigned mentor, in addition to various capacity-building workshops and production and communication support. The selected artists will be led to present a finished work or a work in progress at the end of the mentorship program.


Supported projects:

In this edition, we invite theater-makers and performing artists who are interested in investigating new languages and forms of performance making and audience engagement to apply, in addition to writers wishing to explore new approaches to playwriting, storytelling, and narrative development. 

We encourage projects that demonstrate innovative, interdisciplinary approaches and a critical reflective perspective in relation to the present moment and its social and political implications, on a local as well as a global level.


About the program*:

The selected artists will be led by Zoukak mentors to the completion of their desired projects from conception to execution, while sharing their work processes through regular one-on-one sessions. Zoukak will also provide the artists with technical, administrative and production support, and each one will receive a grant to help cover some of the costs of their creation process


During the mentorship program, and through regular working sessions over the course of 4 to 6 months, the artists and their collaborators will be provided with the following:

- Artistic mentoring;

- Capacity building workshops;

- Support to the production plan and execution;

- A space for creating and rehearsing their works;

- Support in the design and implementation of the communication strategy;

- Support for the presentation of a work-in-progress or final performance;

- Additionally, participants can attend events organized by Zoukak throughout the year (workshops, talks, performances, etc.) as available.

- A grant ranging between 1500USD and 2500USD to support the production.


Eligibility and selection criteria:

- To be an artist working in the performing arts (theatre, dance, performance art, musical theatre, multi-disciplinary…) since at least 2 years;

- To be residing in Lebanon (applicants can be of any nationality or background);

- To have previously realized at least one public performance project is important (whether as a collaborator or a leader); 

- To be willing to share their process and accept guidance and constructive criticism, showing openness and cooperation; 

- To have a concrete idea for a project they wish to realize and a vision on how they wish to develop their artistic practice as a whole;

- To be flexible and able to adapt their work process in response of emerging crises and restrictions.


*Some parts of the program, especially the access to space for creating & rehearsing, the capacity-building workshops, and the final presentations, are subject to changes and adaptations depending on the Covid-19 pandemic, social distancing, and restrictions on gathering, and security conditions.


Supported by: Fondation de France


Previous editions of Zoukak’s Theatre Mentorship Program and Production Support Grant

Third Edition of the Mentorship Program 
September - December 2020.

Selected Artists:

Stephanie Kayal mentored by Junaid Sarieddeen, created “Evidence of Things not Seen
Rahaf Jammal mentored by Omar Abi Azar, created “Man Fall
Mada Harb mentored by Maya Zbib, created “Table Manners
Zayrakoun mentored by Lamia Abi Azar, created “Rehla Ila

The artists worked individually with their mentors and took part in group capacity building sessions; finally presenting their works-in-progress in December 2020 to a small audience of local theatre professionals and cultural operators. 

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Second Edition of the Mentorship Program 
July 2018 - January 2019.

Selected Artists:

Hassan al Malla mentored by Maya Zbib, created “The Date”
Anas Younes mentored by Junaid Sarieddeen, created “The Ho-Ha Dance”

The artists presented their works-in-progress within Focus Liban in November 2018 to an audience of international theatre professionals, and later presented readings of final works in January 2019 at Zoukak Studio. 

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First Edition of the Mentorship Program
January - November 2018.

Selected Artists:

Line Itani, mentored by Maya Zbib, created “Ecdysis
Lena Osseyran mentored by Omar Abi Azar, created “HamletMachine

The performances were shown at Zoukak Studio as works-in-progress, followed by discussions; and later on within Focus Liban, to an audience of international theatre professionals. 

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