The Stage Scholarships FAQ

The Stage Scholarships FAQ

What is The Stage Scholarships?

The Stage Scholarships is an annual scheme run in association with drama schools and training organisations across the UK that gives both children and adults an opportunity to benefit from free tuition.

No matter what your circumstances, there is something on offer – several partners are based outside London, including the north and the Midlands, while companies such as PQA and Razzamataz boast around 100 sites in more than 70 towns between them, the length and breadth of the UK. Some cater for children (either full-time or part-time), others specialise in dance, musical theatre or alternative actor repertory training.

How do The Stage Scholarships work?

Throughout the first half of the year, The Stage publishes features about the partners involved and gives readers all the details of what is on offer and how to apply. The easiest way to keep a check is to subscribe.

How did The Stage Scholarships start?

Individual schools have offered scholarships with The Stage since the early 1990s. Our longest-running partnership is with the Sylvia Young Theatre School – their bursaries have benefited up to three youngsters every year since.

The modern The Stage Scholarships Scheme dates back to 2010, when the decision was taken to recruit several partners yearly, in order to provide help for young people involved in a wide range of performing arts genres. Since then, the number of partners has tripled and the number of recipients has multiplied ten times over.

We are a school. Who can we contact to get involved in The Stage Scholarships programme?

Simply email The Stage’s print editor Alistair Smith

As a drama school, what can I expect from a partnership with The Stage Scholarships?

As your partner, The Stage will promote the scholarships in the newspaper and online, introducing the whole readership to what your school offers. This often results in talented young people applying who previously were unaware of the specialist training programmes you have available.

I am a student who is eligible for The Stage Scholarships. How do I apply?

Look out in early January for the article introducing all the scholarship partners in The Stage newspaper and online. Features profiling all the different schools and training will be published in the weeks following, with details on how to apply/audition.

As a prospective drama student, what benefits does a scholarship from The Stage Scholarships offer?

Details of The Stage Scholarships winners are published in the newspaper and online. Those chosen get to take part in our annual photo/video shoot at a London theatre. A professional make-up artist is on hand and there is an opportunity to meet members of The Stage staff and other winners. The video can be viewed online soon afterwards and the photoshoot is published over several pages in the special Christmas edition of The Stage.

Winning The Stage Scholarship is confirmation from one of the top schools or training organisations in the UK that you have the potential to pursue a career in the performing arts. It also means that part or all of your tuition fees will be paid.

If you want to know the difference The Stage Scholarships can make, hear from last year’s winners talking on video as they took part in the Christmas issue photoshoot…

In 2015, Ella Tweed, age 11, from Northampton, won The Stage Scholarship to attend Sylvia Young Theatre School full-time for five years, worth a total value of £65,000. She said:

I’m lost for words. I’m so excited. I’m crying and laughing at the same time. I’m just absolutely ecstatic.


Alice Lucy, 18, from Romsey, has won The Stage/Fourth Monkey Theatre Company Scholarship, and will receive 50% funding towards attending the two-year rep actor training programme.
Alice said:

I am so grateful to The Stage and Fourth Monkey for awarding me with this scholarship. The award has given me the opportunity to study my vocation and passion with an institution I admire hugely.
Fourth Monkey has an exciting ethos regarding the arts, the course content and structure look outstanding, and I am so thrilled to be a part of their next generation. I intend to make everyone who has supported my future proud, especially The Stage and Fourth Monkey for their belief in me. Thank you for the opportunity to continue my journey towards a career in the arts.