Since 2008, the companionship scheme has aimed to promote transmission and professional integration within theatre companies, puppets, circus and street arts. This assistance from the Ministry of Culture allows a young director or author to collaborate with artistic teams.

Presentation of the device

What is companionship assistance?

Companionship is a device allowing a (e) director (e) in stage beginner (e) or author (e) to benefit from a process of accompaniment within a company. In this context, the authors are led to write an original work and the directors to present a model

The collaboration between the companion and the artistic team is organized around sequences of exchanges, work and presentation to the public.

The elaboration of a calendar detailing these working, exchange and porosity times must thus be the pivotal element of any search for an inscription in the companion system.

This system has a primary interest in terms of professionalization of artistic teams, or even support for emergence. It cannot be assimilated to a production aid, or a text order, even if it integrates these purposes. Companionship intended to encourage new cooperation as a priorityhe/she cannot be a regular employee of the company.

Trans-regional exchanges should be sought, in particular towards the overseas regions.

The device includes two types of aids: Compagnonnage Plateau and Compagnonnage Auteur(s).

Objectives of the approach

Companionship Plateau

The Compagnonnage Plateau aims to promote the transmission and professional integration between a confirmed artistic team and a companion (ne), director (e) in stage beginner (e). It allows artists to be accompanied at the beginning of their professional career or to take a step forward during it, thanks to a privileged collaboration with companies that are approved by the State (theatre, puppets, circus and street arts, etc.).

The companions will thus have the opportunity to concretely understand all aspects of the profession and to design and produce shows, in a spirit of transmission, sharing of experience and know-how.

The «weaving» of the partnerships thus realized must ultimately allow a successful territorial implantation and promote access to the project’s assistance, especially for young teams.

Companionship author(s)

The Compagnonnage Auteur(s) encourages artistic teams and contemporary authors to work together and to share exchange times during the process of writing and adapting the text to the stage.

This device aims to support the collaboration between one (or some) author (s) outside the company and the team itself. It differs from a production aid in that it must allow the financing of the writing commission to the author, but also significant exchange times with the company for its adaptation to the set.

This collaboration must necessarily include the commission of a new work (excluding adaptation) to one or more authors, a phase of exchanges with the artistic team, and the participation of the author(s) on set and presented to the public. 

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A question?

If you have any questions about support for companionship of authors or boards, please contact:

Directorate-General for Artistic Creation (DGCA)
Delegation to the Theatre and Associated Arts
01 40 15 88 35
62, rue Beaubourg, 75003 Paris

 or the deconcentrated service of the Ministry of Culture of the place where your project is carried out:

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