The winners of The Stage Scholarships  at Read College have been announced. Sally Rudd, who is 18 years old and from Swindon, has won the award for the foundation course in acting and 20-year-old Amy Creed from Abingdon has been awarded the scholarship for the foundation course in musical theatre. Each has won 50% off their tuition fees at the college in Reading, worth a total of £7,575.
Jamie Read, who is joint chief executive and director of voice, was extremely pleased with the attendees this year. He said: “We were delighted to see so much talent in the room, and all of the students who auditioned for The Stage Scholarships were superb. Sally Rudd was an outstanding winner for acting, with a fearless and intelligent approach to the workshop section of the audition day. Her interpretation and ability to take on notes and redirection with her speeches was very impressive.”
Sally had originally been offered several places on musical theatre degree courses, but in retrospect believed that it wasn’t where her passion lay. Too late to apply for an acting degree course, she began to look at options for a foundation year.
“I thought I’d apply for a foundation course and after looking at several, I went to Read and I really liked the atmosphere there,” she said. “The teachers seemed to really care about your career direction. It was the ethos of the school to get each of their graduates on to a good degree course. I was so happy and surprised when I heard that I’d won the scholarship. It was one of those auditions where I simply couldn’t gauge how I’d done – everybody was so talented.”
Amy Creed had been studying performing arts for two years at Abingdon and Whitney College when she decided to apply for a place at Read College, which stood her in good stead for the audition.
“Amy stood out in the musical theatre audition for her fantastic energy and her ability to perform every exercise, routine and correction that she was given,” added Read. “When she is on stage, you just have to watch her.”
Amy also came from a slightly different background, having concentrated mostly on dance in the past 10 years.
“I’ve only been doing musical theatre for a year and a half and only confidently began singing at the beginning of this year,” she said. “I don’t do much dancing any more but the course I’d been on helped me focus on developing as a triple-threat performer. I am so happy to have won the award and I’m already planning a degree course following my time at Read.”
Both Sally and Amy are thrilled to be starting their respective courses in September. Read said: “I’m sure that these two worthy recipients will have excellent careers ahead of them.”