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The Stage Scholarships 2019: Could you win free drama training?

Madelaine Ainscough, Eloise Kemlow and Poppy Bowness, who received awards to attend Razzamataz Theatre School. Photo: Alex Brenner Madelaine Ainscough, Eloise Kemlow and Poppy Bowness, who received awards to attend Razzamataz Theatre School. Photo: Alex Brenner

The Stage Scholarships partners with the UK’s top drama schools to transform the lives of talented youngsters by offering thousands of pounds of subsidised training. Fergus Morgan looks at the opportunities available this year


Together with our generous partner schools, The Stage has been offering scholarships to the UK’s top stage schools, drama schools and academies for nearly 30 years. This year there are opportunities open to more than 80 potential students, granting access to training in drama, musical theatre, dance and scenic arts. The free tuition offered by schools through The Stage Scholarships in 2019 is in excess of £290,000.

Here, we introduce you to our 10 partners and the range of scholarships available. No matter what your circumstances, there is something for you, with two partners outside London and one boasting at least 43 sites throughout the UK.

Four of the organisations listed cater for children (either full or part-time), others specialise in providing foundation training for students wishing to pursue a career in the performing arts.

Not only that, Fourth Monkey offers a unique opportunity to join a two-year rep actor training programme and Emil Dale Academy is offering a full scholarship on its new BA (hons) in Musical Theatre. There is an opportunity to train in backstage skills as well as performance.

This year for the first time, Graeae Theatre Company, specialising in training and creating theatre with D/deaf and disabled artists, is supporting The Stage Scholarships programme by providing advice, support, guidance and a professional mentor for up to three students identifying as D/deaf and/or disabled recruited through the scheme.

Meet The Stage Scholarship winners 2018

Check out the listings below to see which of the schools and academies are able to take advantage of this offer if they receive suitable applicants.

The Stage welcomes the return of Mountview to the scheme, joining a line-up of internationally renowned schools including Arts Ed, Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance and the highly respected Liverpool Theatre School.

Take a look below at what’s on offer where. You’ll need to watch out for the application forms in future editions of The Stage. The easiest and cheapest way is to subscribe – you or your parents can find out more at thestage.co.uk/subscribe.

It will save you nearly 40% off the cover price and you get free access to our digital edition and personalised job alerts.

And, if you want to know the difference The Stage Scholarships can make to your life, you can hear from last year’s winners talking on video as they took part in our Christmas issue photoshoot. The video is available via the web link below.


Emil Dale Academy

A performance of Thoroughly Modern Millie at Emil Dale. Photo: Tim Matthews
A performance of Thoroughly Modern Millie at Emil Dale. Photo: Tim Matthews

“Affordable, extreme triple-threat musical theatre” is how Hertfordshire-based Emil Dale describes its training courses.

The curriculum includes thrice-weekly ballet, jazz, acting and ensemble singing classes, plus weekly song and dance classes, guest masterclasses and a musical theatre project.

There are also two full-scale productions. The new three-year BA in professional musical theatre provides extreme, triple-threat training, ensuring students become industry ready with outstanding technical tuition and study. School patrons include performer Kerry Ellis, director Neil Rutherford and principal at Arts Educational London, Chris Hocking.

emildale.co.uk


Details

Course:
Two-year sixth form in musical theatre – BTec level 3 extended diploma in performing arts (musical theatre)
One-year intensive gap year in musical theatre; three-year BA (hons) in musical theatre
Education level: Post-school

Number of scholarships:
Sixth form in musical theatre – one full scholarship and two part scholarships

Gap year in musical theatre – two part scholarships
BA (hons) in musical theatre – one full scholarship and one part-scholarship
Value of scholarship: £31,300. For BA (hons) in musical theatre, students
still pay tuition fees
What costs are covered? Fees
Location: Hitchin, Herts
Likely audition dates:
January 26, February 18, March 23
How to apply: Buy The Stage edition of January 10


Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts

Andrew Parfitt and Tori Ryan received scholarships in 2018. Photo: Alex Brenner

Since its founding in 1911, Italia Conti has developed to provide one of the world’s most prestigious performing arts education programmes for secondary-school level and further education.

Pupils actively participate in a supportive, professional environment, taught by leading experts and artists currently working in today’s theatre business.

Past students of the school include Pixie Lott, Daniel Mays, Karen Gillan and Lesley Manville, not to mention rising stars such as John McCrea, currently playing the lead role in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at London’s Apollo Theatre, and Layton Williams, who is just about to take over the role for 2019.

italiaconti.com


Details

Course: Italia Conti Theatre Arts
Education level: School age
Number of scholarships offered: One full scholarship and several part-scholarships
Value of scholarship: More than £64,875
What costs are covered? Fees
Location: Goswell Road, London EC1
Likely audition date: February 20
How do I apply? Buy The Stage edition of January 17


Sylvia Young Theatre School

A production at Sylvia Young Theatre School

For more than 20 years, Sylvia Young Theatre School has been changing the lives of young people, offering scholarships through The Stage. The Sylvia Young Theatre School is non-denominational and co-educational, with students ranging from 10 to 16 years of age.

It is a relatively small school of around 250 students and nurtures a ‘family atmosphere’ led by Britain’s best-known stage school principal Sylvia Young. Former students who have gone on to stage success include Keeley Hawes, Preeya Kalidas, Rita Ora, Jenna Russell, Tom Fletcher, Nicholas Hoult, and more than a few members of the EastEnders cast.

sylviayoungtheatreschool.com


Details

Course: Theatre school
Education level: School age
Number of scholarships offered: One full scholarship
Value of scholarship: £70,000
What costs are covered? Fees – the scholarship award/bursaries do not cover boarding fees, uniform/s, school lunches, external exams, travel passes or fares
Location: Nutford Place, London W1
Likely audition date: March 3
How do I apply? Buy The Stage edition of January 24


Fourth Monkey Theatre Company

Fourth Monkey students. Photo: Julia Willis

Fourth Monkey prides itself on offering innovative, relevant and inspiring actor training, with an emphasis on repertory, ensemble and working with regarded practitioners. Actors in training receive the most comprehensive preparation available for the modern industry in the most supportive of environments.

Alongside tuition, Fourth Monkey actors benefit from travelling, studying and performing overseas (the two-year rep students spend a sabbatical commedia dell’arte course working in Italy with Antonio Fava) and throughout the UK. Upon completion of training, Fourth Monkey actors go on to work in all mediums of the industry as well as for the Monkey Ensemble, the company’s graduate professional touring company. Fourth Monkey has taken up Graeae’s offer of support.

fourthmonkey.co.uk/auditions


Details

Course: Two-year rep accelerated actor training programme
Educational level: Post-school
Number of scholarships offered: Two half-scholarships
Value of scholarship: £21,500
What costs are covered? Fees, travel to Italy for the residential Commedia dell’arte course with Antonio Fava
Location: Seven Sisters Road, London N7

Likely audition date: March 9
How do I apply? Buy The Stage edition on January 31


Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts (new)

Ben Prukiss and the Mountview company in Hoods. Photo: Robert Workman
Ben Prukiss and the Mountview company in Hoods. Photo: Robert Workman

Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts has been providing internationally renowned training in the performing arts since 1958 and counts among its alumni Julie Atherton, Tyrone Huntley and Hamilton’s Giles Terera.

The academy has offered scenic art and prop-making training for more than 40 years as part of its Theatre Production Arts course. There is a maximum of eight places available each year with practical training running over 30 hours per week. Mountview has taken up Graeae’s offer of support.

mountview.org.uk/apply


Details

Course: Two-year FdA scenic art and prop making
Education level: Post-school
Number of scholarships offered: One
Value of scholarship: £18,720
What costs are covered? Fees
Location: London
Likely audition date: Flexible dates by interview early in the year
How do I apply? Buy The Stage edition of February 14


Liverpool Theatre School

Liverpool Theatre School students perform on stage. Photo: Barrie Mills
Liverpool Theatre School students perform on stage. Photo: Barrie Mills

Proof you don’t need to train in London to build a career in the performing arts, Liverpool Theatre School has been honing young talent since 1939. In 2017, 90% of LTS graduates moved straight into professional performing careers. Its aim is to produce performers that have the skills, knowledge and attitude to be successful.

Final-year students are given a chance to highlight their talent to agents during showcases in London and in-house. Alumni include Oliver Ormson (The Addams Family tour), Carina Gillespie (West End production of Wicked) and Tommy Sherlock, who is headlining the Tenors of Rock in Las Vegas.

liverpooltheatreschool.co.uk


Details

Course: Three-year diploma in professional acting
Education level: Post-school
Number of scholarships offered: One
Value of scholarship: £31,500
What costs are covered? Fees
Location: Liverpool
Likely audition date: March 31
How do I apply? Buy The Stage edition of February 21


Arts Educational Schools

Arts Ed students perform. Photo: Robert Workman
Arts Ed students perform. Photo: Robert Workman

World-renowned conservatoire ArtsEd’s is offering a total of 13 scholarships suitable for all ages and interests, for its five-day summer courses including training in Musical Theatre Audition Technique, Make a Movie and Putting on a Musical.

There is also a place on both the EXCELerate courses in musical theatre and acting audition preparation courses for those aiming to carve out a career in the performing arts.

artsed.co.uk


Details

Courses:
• EXCELerate acting/musical theatre (part-time evening courses – ages 18-plus)

• Summer courses (ages 7-12 and 17-plus – acting/musical theatre)
Educational level: School age/post school
Number of scholarships offered: One full scholarship on 15 courses
Value of scholarship: £12,000
What costs are covered? Fees
Location: Bath Road, London W4

Likely audition date: All auditions are arranged online
How do I apply? Buy The Stage edition of February 28


Spirit Young Performers Company

Hannah Hutchins and Billy Vale were awarded scholarships to train at Spirit Young Performers Company in 2018. Photo: Alex Brenner
Hannah Hutchins and Billy Vale were awarded scholarships to train at Spirit Young Performers Company in 2018. Photo: Alex Brenner

Now in its sixth year, the Spirit Young Performers Company has created a new model of showcasing student talent.

Each week, the company professionally films a different showcase and then streams it online to its own YouTube channel, with regular masterclasses featuring arts professionals such as performers, choreographers or musical directors.

The school has a strong success rate at professional auditions and every single cast change of Matilda the Musical has featured students from SYPC.

spiritypc.co.uk


Details

Course: One-year musical theatre programme and/or dance company
Education level: School age/post school
Number of scholarships offered: Three
Value of scholarship: £3,120
What costs are covered? Fees
Location: Various London locations
Likely audition date: April 28
How do I apply? Buy The Stage edition of March 7


Razzamataz Theatre Schools

Imogen Rogers, a student with Razzamataz Weymouth who was one of the winners of The Stage Scholarships in 2018
Imogen Rogers, a student with Razzamataz Weymouth who was one of the winners of The Stage Scholarships in 2018

Former dancer Denise Hutton-Gosney set up her franchise in 2000 to provide out-of-school-hours theatre training and activities for youngster aged four to 18.

In 2007 she secured backing from Dragons’ Den panellist Duncan Bannatyne. Razzamataz was the first part-time theatre school to work with The Stage to offer scholarships to students.

The classes cover everything from traditional West End musical theatre through to street dance, pop singing and acting for camera. Students gain valuable insights into the industry with regular special guest workshops led by experienced professionals from stage and screen. Razzamataz has taken up Graeae’s offer of support.

razzamataz.co.uk


Details

Course: One-year part-time performing arts
Educational level: School age – after-school/weekend
Number of scholarships offered: Up to 43 around UK
Value of scholarship: Across all 43 schools, this is in the region of £33,000
What costs are covered? Fees
Location: Various sites across the UK
Likely audition date: April 15
How do I apply? Buy The Stage edition of March 14


Rose Bruford College

Rose Bruford College 2017 production of The Riots at Stratford Circus. Photo: Robert Workman
Rose Bruford College 2017 production of The Riots at Stratford Circus. Photo: Robert Workman

One of the best-known names in British drama school training, Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance attracts students from more than 40 countries, thanks to its international reputation and the breadth of its undergraduate and postgraduate provision.

Created in 1950 by Rose Bruford herself, her sponsors included Laurence Olivier and Peggy Ashcroft. Previous students include actor Gary Oldman and Tom Baker, as well as star of Company and The Light Princess Rosalie Craig.

The college launched its foundation acting course in 2014 in Sidcup and now has regional centres in five other locations. Rose Bruford has taken up Graeae’s offer of support.

bruford.ac.uk


Details

Course: Twenty-week acting foundation
Educational level: Post-school
Number of scholarships offered: One
Value of scholarship: £8,250
What costs are covered? Fees
Location: Sidcup, Kent
Likely audition date: May
How do I apply? Buy The Stage edition of March 28


For more details, visit thestage.co.uk/scholarships

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