The Stage Scholarships in conjunction with London-based Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company have been won by Lisa Gilroy and Meghan Smith.
Both students have already been training at the establishment on its one-year Year of the Monkey course, which provides students with comprehensive training in theatre. Both students will receive a 50% scholarship to extend on to the two-year rep accelerated actor training programme, worth a total of £20,000.
Artistic director and Fourth Monkey chief executive Steve Green has spoken about Meghan and Lisa’s passion for training. He described them both as a perfect fit for the training company.
“They both auditioned with a really dynamic, playful and joyous energy. As our scholarship winners they demonstrated their desire to be part of the Monkey training environment and stood out as exciting talents that would flourish here at Fourth Monkey.”
Lisa, who is 25 years old and from Edinburgh, is overwhelmed by this opportunity to continue her training.
“I was very surprised and naturally it was very reassuring and a real confidence boost to be accepted. The audition process was really intense including several workshops, ensemble-based exercises, clown workshops, text-based exercises and then individual monologue auditions as well.”
Before gaining her place on the Year of the Monkey course, Lisa had already trained on a foundation course with the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts.
“I want to work in theatre as much as I can as an actor but I also enjoy working behind the scenes. Directing really interests me and hopefully the two-year rep training course will allow me to access this.”
Meghan is 22 and hails from Cardiff, but has lived in London since her training began for the Year of the Monkey course last September.
“I was very lucky at my audition, in that I knew all the practitioners and how the auditions worked, but I was still nervous as the auditions are quite intense. I had to prepare some speeches – classical and contemporary. I found the ensemble workshops very rewarding. I had really enjoyed my time at Fourth Monkey but I wasn’t planning on staying for the two years because of the cost. Of course, I’m really happy The Stage Scholarships opportunity has enabled me to continue there.”
Meghan and Lisa will continue their training in September, including travelling and performing overseas, working with Antonio Fava in Italy on a commedia dell’arte course.