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First Kevin Spacey Foundation Artists of Choice winners announced

The UK recipients of the inaugural Kevin Spacey Foundation Artists of Choice programme The UK recipients of the inaugural Kevin Spacey Foundation Artists of Choice programme
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Director Cressida Brown is among the winners of the inaugural Kevin Spacey Foundation Artists of Choice programme.

Brown is one of a number of individuals from the UK who have been awarded £10,000 of funding to support upcoming projects.

Brown, who is artistic director of Offstage Theatre, is currently working on creating Re:Home with playwright Anna Jordan, the sequel to their 2006 collaboration, Home.

Re:Home will be staged at the Yard Theatre in east London.

Brown said: “Winning the Kevin Spacey Foundation award will allow us to take more risks and be braver in the choices we will make… With this award we can be more challenging, more outspoken and more honest.”

The winners will also receive year-round support from the foundation and an industry mentor.

Other UK winners include Robby Graham of Southpaw Dance Company in the dance category, and writing duo Chris Bush and Matt Winkworth, who have won in the musical theatre category.

The pair will be supported in creating a new musical exploring public outrage, mob mentality and media bias.

Winners in each category were chosen by a panel of industry experts. The theatre panel included playwright Samuel Adamson, performers Cush Jumbo and Rufus Wright, and director Jamie Lloyd.

Choreographer Wayne McGregor and English National Ballet artistic director Tamara Rojo sat on the dance judging panel, while the musical theatre judges included performers Cynthia Erivo and Laura-Michelle Kelly, alongside director Tamara Harvey.

Spacey, who founded the foundation during his tenure as artistic director of the Old Vic, said: “These recipients represent the very best of emerging artists in the UK and the USA, we are pleased to support them and their projects.”

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