Established in 2013 by director Michael Grandage, MGCfutures is a charitable organisation committed to supporting the next generation of theatre makers by providing vital support at pivotal moments in their careers. Our bursary programme was launched in 2016 and we have since awarded more than £500,000 to over 140 theatre makers.  

Our bursaries are unique in that they provide funding to every type of career within the theatre industry, whether creative, administrative or technical. We require prospective applicants to have at least two years’ experience in their chosen career and their proposal needs to demonstrate a significant shift in their practice. We are also able to offer a range of supplementary support, such as mentoring and networking opportunities, and we often continue supporting recipients on an informal basis beyond the term of their bursary project. 

Additionally, this website has an extensive range of career profiles, which include interviews with leading theatre makers plus job‑descriptions and links to training and resources. There are also Behind the Scenes Guides for every MGC production to date. In addition to synopses and character profiles, the guides offer a truly unique insight into the cast and Creative Team’s rehearsal process, taking you inside the rehearsal room and backstage on all the shows.

behind the scenes view of theatre production

“Now more than ever it’s essential to invest in the theatre makers of the future – not just to survive, but to thrive and create new and vital work.”

Michael Grandage


Board of Trustees