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The Stage to support talent – on stage and off

Hannah Digby, Lucy Dewhurst from Redroofs. Photo: Alex Brenner                    Scholarship winners Hannah Digby, Lucy Dewhurst from Redroofs. Photo: Alex Brenner
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The Stage has announced the launch of a new initiative to support on and offstage talent throughout their careers in the performing arts. The Stage Supports will bring together 12 strategic interventions that will help theatre workers from diverse backgrounds break into and then make progress within the theatre industry.

The interventions will range from financial support for aspiring performers through The Stage Scholarships scheme, which gives away £500,000 of subsidised training every year, to awards to recognise backstage theatre staff. It will also feature a scheme to provide mental health advice for those working in the entertainment industry and a major new awards ceremony recognising emerging theatre talent on and off stage.

Print editor of The Stage Alistair Smith will launch The Stage Supports later this week at The Stage Awards ceremony at Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

He will say: “Theatre is a great industry to be a part of, but it can be difficult to break into it and it can be even harder to sustain a career within it.

The Stage Supports has one aim: to nurture and champion talent

“Since our first issue in 1880, The Stage has always championed theatre and encouraged new talent – we’ve often been the place where people have found their first jobs in this business. But we feel we can do more and think the time is right for us to do more.

The Stage Supports is an exciting intervention that brings together a dozen key projects at launch. Some are long-established, many of them new. They take various forms, but all of them have one aim: to nurture and champion on and offstage talent in theatre and the performing arts throughout their careers.”

Markeisha Muir. Photo: Alex Brenner
The Stage Scholarships winner 2016 Markeisha Muir. Photo: Alex Brenner

There are already a number of partner organisations working with The Stage on The Stage Supports. These range from the many schools offering free training through The Stage Scholarships to Spotlight, Equity and the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine, which is working with The Stage on the ArtsMinds mental health initiative. Other partners working on individual initiatives include the Actors Centre, the Stage Management Association, the Technical Theatre Awards and BON Culture.

The Stage welcomes approaches from other organisations about how we could partner with them to extend the scheme and have an even greater impact on the careers of on and off-stage talent in theatre and the performing arts.


What can we do for you?

The Stage Scholarships More than £500k worth of training at 10 top stage schools

Alan Bates Award Annual prize for the best drama school graduate

The Stage Internship Paid opportunity for an aspiring arts journalist

The Stage Critic Search UK-wide competition to discover new voices in theatre criticism

The Stage Debut Awards Championing on and offstage emerging talent

The Stage Edinburgh Awards The fringe’s most prestigious awards for onstage talent

The SMA Awards Recognising outstanding achievements by stage management

Technical Theatre Awards Celebrating the best in technical theatre

Theatre conferences Support for events exploring the future of the performing arts

The Stage Awards Recognising the best in the performing arts from the UK and worldwide

Working-life research Shining a light on the challenges faced by theatremakers

ArtsMinds Mental health advice for entertainment professionals

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