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Michael Grandage partners with Deafinitely and English Touring Theatre on bursary schemes

Michael Grandage. Photo: Alex Brenner Michael Grandage. Photo: Alex Brenner
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MGC Futures, the charitable arm of the Michael Grandage Company, has partnered with deaf-led company Deafinitely to award £4,500 in bursaries.

The bursaries are part of a range of initiatives aimed at developing new talent.

The tie-up with Deafinitely Theatre comes as MGC Futures also announces a new partnership with English Touring Theatre.

The bursaries are awarded through MGC Futures, the charitable arm of Grandage’s company, and are currently in their fourth year.

Alongside awards of between £500 and £5,000 to support arts practitioners in the next stages of their development, Grandage is working with Deafinitely to award three bursaries of £1,500 each – covering directing, stage management and costume design. The money will support the successful applicants with the costs of attachments with the company.

Deafinitely Theatre artistic director Paula Garfield said: “There is very limited access for deaf people in the UK to get involved in other theatrical disciplines such as costume design, stage management and directing. We are excited to have the opportunity to inspire deaf people to pursue their passion for theatre and explore the many different careers in the industry.”

The ETT bursary will allow the company to work with an emerging production manager, on a new stage adaptation of Matt Haig’s Reasons to Stay Alive. The bursary is worth £450 a week, plus travel and accommodation.

MGC Futures will also continue to work with the Gate Theatre, on a bursary to support two assistant directors of colour on one show each in the theatre’s new season.

In addition, a bursary has been set up in the name of Stephanie Arditti, a costume supervisor who died last year. The Stephanie Arditti Bursary will support people who want to pursue a career in costume supervision.

Grandage said: “I’m delighted to announce our fourth year of this unique bursary scheme, which encourages representation from every single part of the industry. We have already helped more than 50 emerging theatremakers since it began in 2016 and this year we are hoping to reach an even wider group of theatremakers in some of the more technical areas of the industry.”

The bursaries are funded with money raised by the company. Recipients will be selected by a panel including Grandage.

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