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Michael Grandage charity announces recipients for fourth year of bursaries

Michael Grandage. Photo: Alex Brenner Michael Grandage. Photo: Alex Brenner
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Michael Grandage’s charitable organisation has announced the recipients of its fourth year of bursaries, including 16 individual awards and partnerships with the Gate Theatre, English Touring Theatre and Deafinitely Theatre.

Directors, producers, writers and designers are among the recipients, as are composers and choreographers, with bursaries given to support specific projects, such as production research and development, renting studio space, training programmes and the purchase of technical software.

Grandage said the charity was “thrilled to give bursaries to such a range of talent from across so many sectors”.

He added: “We’re delighted to partner with the Gate Theatre, English Touring Theatre and Deafinitely Theatre to create these additional opportunities, and also to give the first bursary in honour of a dear friend and collaborator Stephanie Arditti.”

A new award has been given in the name of costume supervisor Arditti, who worked on Olivier and Tony award-winning shows and died last year. The bursary, given this year to Twan Lentjes, will enable him to buy software for making period costumes which will assist his development as a specialist embroiderer.

Other bursaries include assistant directorships at the Gate – given to Kaleya Baxe and Sara Mailk – a production manager bursary at ETT for Sophie Slater, and three places on Deafinitely Theatre’s D/deaf accessible training scheme.

These go to Zoe McWhinney, for directing, Laura Goldberg for stage management and James Greenhalgh for costume and design.

The individual winners for 2019, who are awarded up to £5,000 each, are Chisara Agor, Louise Anderson, Josh Anio Grigg, Nicola Baldwin, Hannah Blamire, Simon Carroll-Jones, Marcelo Dos Santos, Hannah Farley-Hills, Joshua Gadsby, Gus Gowland, Annie Jenkins, Beth Kapila, Anastasia Osei-Kuffour, Audrey Sheffield, Julian Spooner and Sita Thomas.

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