Alfred Molina has been announced as patron of the Court Theatre Training Company, which has also appointed Tim Gill as its sole principal and artistic director.
Gill will lead the London-based training organisation and its affiliate venue the Courtyard Theatre.
Gill has acted as co-artistic director of the company since 2007, a role he shared with June Abbott, who stepped down this year.
The company said preparations were underway to introduce a postgraduate degree in acting and performance alongside the existing undergraduate degree and range of short courses.
Molina, who most recently appeared in Red at Wyndham’s Theatre in the West End, said of his appointment: “Acting and theatre have been the cornerstone of my professional and personal life. I was lucky enough to have a sympathetic mother, and a supportive and encouraging teacher, and some good fortune along the way as I made my life as an actor.
“But I have never forgotten or lost sight of the importance of study, training and the need for a creative space. The Court Theatre Company provides so much of what an actor will need.”
The company has also announced the June Abbott Scholarship Fund, for which applicants can apply for help with course fees.
There will be one £11,000 scholarship per year as well as a £1,000 bursary for existing students experiencing difficulties with their course fees. More information will be announced in the autumn.