theatre translator mentorship

applications are now closed!

The Foreign Affairs Theatre Translator Mentorship (or FATT, as we like to call it) is a part time mentoring and workshop programme for translators wanting to translate for the stage, based on our experiences of bringing world drama from ‘page to stage’ for over a decade.

The core aim of the programme is to facilitate a space where emerging theatre translators can discover, explore and develop tools, skills and approaches to translating for the stage.

applications close at midday Thursday 5 May (UK time)

The mentoring programme is open to students of translation and professional translators (emerging and established) working into English.

Past participants have included professional translators (commercial and literary) with no or little experience in translating for the stage, postgraduate and PhD students, as well as theatre-practitioners with some translation experience.

the programme

‘From page to stage’

Rooted in a collaborative approach, practical sessions, which include play readings, workshops and rehearsals, are combined with one-to-one support from programme mentors.

The programme culminates in a showcase in January 2023 for the general public and invited industry, including theatre producers, directors and publishers.

Company members work side-by-side with translation mentors and external practitioners. To date mentors have included translators Charis Ainslie, Paul Russell Garrett (head of translation), Roland Glasser and William Gregory. Guest practitioners have included Almiro Andrade and Caridad Svich.

This programme is for you if one or more of these is true:

  • you have a multilingual background combined with an interest in pursuing a career in theatre translation
  • you have completed or are close to completing a postgraduate course in translation
  • you have professional experience as a translator
  • you have had at least one translation published, whether in print or online

We’re very keen to hear from applicants from the global majority and/or people who identify as first or second generation im/migrants.

In the past participants have included non-native / L2 translators (English isn’t their first language), so please apply if this is you!

Hackney (east London) mentorship place
Committed to serving our local community (we’re based in Hackney, east London), one place on the mentoring programme is reserved for a participant living in/around Hackney, who meets all of the requirements.


This year’s programme will be delivered in a hybrid format with some workshops and sessions taking place in-person and some online (please see info pack for full details).

Rose Lipman Building
43 De Beauvoir Road
London, N1 5SQ

All online sessions and workshops will be delivered using Zoom.

Please note, we’ll also use Slack for communications and community building, and Google Drive for file sharing.


The mentoring programme runs between July 2022 and January 2023 with the majority of the workshops and sessions taking place in the autumn of 2022.

Rehearsals and the public showcase will take place in January 2023.

Please see info pack for full schedule.

How much

The FATT Mentorship is a FREE opportunity but participants are responsible for arranging their own travel.

Travel grant
We have a travel grant of £300 available for one participant living outside of London, who may need financial support to take part in the in-person sessions.

To apply for the travel grant, please let us know in the application form why you need this support.

How to apply in 5 quick steps

  1. Download and read our info pack in detail
  2. Find a play you want to work on
  3. Obtain permission from the playwright / rights holder to work on the play
  4. Fill in our online application form (link in info pack)
  5. Hit submit (and do a little dance if that’s your thing!)

applications are now closed

“It was an amazing experience with an amazing team and was the beginning of what I hope will be a life-long commitment to translating for the theatre!”

Katherine WalkerFATT mentorship 2020/21

“The FATT Mentorship programme has been totally transformational for me. It led me to fulfil a dream I’d had since my student days – but more than that, it set me on a course where I developed strong relationships with playwrights, writers and theatre-makers and explored projects that were true to my heart – theatre, literary and writing projects that will be part of my practice (and identity) going forward.”

Charis AinslieFATT Mentorship 2018/19

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