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New Bursary Round 2022


We’re delighted to offer a brand new round of bursary opportunities in association with the Theatre Community Fund.

The scheme, founded by Michael Grandage five years’ ago, supports the many and various career paths within the theatre industry.

Since 2016 MGCfutures has supported more than 100 recipients from across the industry - from dramaturgy to directing, from millinery to marketing and from stage and lighting design to dance and choreography, directing and producing.

If you’ve been working professionally for a minimum of two years in the theatre industry and you’re nurturing an ambition or you want to take your career in a new direction, then we would like to hear from you.

To apply, tell us in 500 words (or less) what you have in mind. It’s important that you demonstrate how the project will have a significant impact on your professional development and career.

Tell us how much your idea or project will cost and include a budget with your application.Remember, we support people working in the theatre so film or tv related applications will not be considered.

The minimum amount you can apply for is £500, the maximum is £5,000.

Applications must include a CV, budget and the names of two referees.

We recognise the positive value of diversity. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly encourage applications from people who are currently under-represented in the Theatre Industry including those who identify as Black, Asian or with an ethnically diverse background. We welcome applications from those who identify as disabled or neurodiverse.

If applying for one of the specialist bursaries (below) please follow their instructions carefully as requirements may vary.

All applications must be submitted online through the MGCfutures application portal however if you need to submit your application on video you can, but don’t forget to send us your budget. For help with submitting a video application please contact Molly McCarthy.

The deadline for applications is 12.00 noon on Thursday 27th January 2022. We will respond to all applications received by the 31st March 2022.

If you have any questions regarding the application process please contact Andrew Broadley.


Make sure you are able to meet the following criteria before starting your application:


See below for some helpful advice from Sita Thomas, a bursary recipient from 2019:





Other Bursary Opportunities

Stephanie Arditti Bursary

Open to anyone working in wardrobe, costume, or wigs – maximum award £5,000

Created in the memory of award-winning costume supervisor Stephanie Arditti who died in 2018, this award is supported for the third year running by designer Christopher Oram and it is intended to support those who wish to pursue a career in costume supervision. It will also support all other aspects of costuming for theatre from tailoring to cutting, beading and embroidery to leatherwork and dye work as well as related fields such as wigs, millinery, or shoes.

You can read about a couple of our previous recipients here:

Twan Lentjes

Kitty Hawkins 

South House Bursary to support a Creative Development Residency

This Bursary will support artists’ fees and expenses for a residency to develop a new, self-made performance project in a 1,500 sq.ft studio in Faversham in Kent. The studio and accommodation will be provided free of charge, adding to the value of the Bursary support. South House welcome supporting a project which

1) has interdisciplinary interests in its research and/or creative methods

2) is exploring new approaches to devising and/or collaboration as an important part of the creative process

This opportunity is for a solo artist or a group/ensemble.

For the South House Bursary, the maximum amount you can apply for is £4,000. 

Full details can be found here.

London Performance Studios: Bursary for a Cultural Entrepreneur

A 12 month opportunity to take part in the development of an exciting new arts space in South Bermondsey

Working closely with the co-founders of LPS, Than Hussein Clark and Lise Bell, the bursary will provide an opportunity to gain experience in both artistic and executive leadership as the venue implements its business plan in preparation for the first public programme in Spring 2023.

For full details go to the LPS website.

When applying you must include your CV but a budget is not required.

(image: Aaron Kilercioglu at London Performance Studios, 2021)

Dance Base Scotland Bursary

Dance Base Scotland are seeking a Hip-Hop Artist to undertake a six-month traineeship from May to October 2022. Please note you must be based in Scotland to apply for this Bursary.

Running from May to October 2022, the Traineeship will provide a creative and dynamic hip-hop artist with the organisational and financial support to take their practice to the next level and to form relationships and connections with the sector that will progress their career both in Scotland, and across the UK. 

Find more information here.

When applying you can submit a video application if you prefer. You do not need to submit a budget but you must attach your CV and explain why you want to undertake the traineeship and what you would bring to it. You must also tell us where we can see examples of your work.