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Horror star Karloff’s influence beyond the grave

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Shakespeare’s Globe, in conjunction with The Boris Karloff Foundation and the Central School of Speech and Drama, has created a bursary for a graduate to work with Globe Education for 12 months.

The bursary is known as the Globe Purse and is funded through a four-figure donation from the foundation, named in honour of the British-born horror star. It is intended to help bridge the gap between study and full-time employment in the field of arts education.

The first recipient of the bursary, Susie Walker, graduated from Central earlier this year and has recently joined Shakespeare’s Globe in a full-time capacity. During her bursary year, she will take part in all aspects of the education department’s work.

She said: “I’m really grateful to receive this money from the Boris Karloff Foundation. It means I can spend a year working with Globe Education, the biggest theatre-based education department in the UK. It is a great start to my career. I’ve already learnt a lot about the varied work that goes on here and I am looking forward to watching Frankenstein soon.”

One of the more unusual stipulations of the grant is that the graduate must watch at least one of Boris Karloff’s films and familiarise themselves with the life of the actor, who is famous for playing the role of the monster in the film, Frankenstein.

The Boris Karloff Foundation is a charitable organisation set up by the actor’s widow, Evelyn, in 1985, using the late screen star’s estate. It funds individuals through various registered charities, among them are theatrical charities such as Shakespeare’s Globe and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

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