Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation donates £36,000 for musical theatre training bursary in Liverpool
A drama school in Liverpool has been given more than £30,000 from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s foundation to fund a new scholarship.
The Liverpool Theatre School, which last month decided to axe audition fees in a bid to encourage more working-class applicants, has been granted the money in recognition of its commitment to increasing accessibility to performing arts training.
The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has pledged £36,000 towards a three-year musical theatre bursary for one student, starting in the next academic year.
Principal Maxine Ellis said that making training more available to young people from diverse backgrounds was an important part of the school’s ethos, and that she was thrilled at the foundation’s financial support.
“I’m sure this generous grant will make a huge difference to a talented young performer, who may otherwise have missed out on the opportunity of training,” she added.
Mark Wordsworth, who is chair of the foundation’s trustees, said the money helped realise an aim set out in the organisation’s 2016 report into diversity, namely that drama schools should do more to remove financial barriers that discourage diversity.
“We welcome Liverpool Theatre School’s move towards making training accessible to all. We are pleased to be able to assist the school’s efforts in nurturing young talent, regardless of background or financial circumstances,” Wordsworth said.