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The recipients of the third round of MGCfutures Bursaries have been announced!


Bursaries have been awarded across a range of theatrical disciplines including directing, writing, choreography, and composing. Offering both financial and on-going mentoring support from the MGCfutures team, our recipients come from across the UK.  Click on the recipients names below to find out a little more about their projects and how the Bursary will support their career development.

Maria Crocker - Director

Maria’s bursary will fund a two-week R&D for a new musical production, exploring changing identities in de-industrialising towns.

Amy Draper - Director

The bursary will support a week long R&D of Witchfairy, an adaptation of the Belgian children’s book by Brigitte Minne and Carll Cneut.

Sandra Falase - Gate Theatre Assistant Designer

Sandra will work with Designer Camilla Clarke at the Gate Theatre on A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid, directed by Anna Himali Howard.

Afsaneh Gray - Writer

The bursary will enable Afsaneh to continue work on her play Give A Man A Bible by allowing her to travel to Kenya to workshop the piece with Kenyan actors.

Sue Healy - Writer

Sue will spend 3 weeks at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland working solely on writing her new play.

Tom Hughes - Director

The bursary will support a workshop and showcase of Heel, a new musical about female professional wrestling.

Rachel Mars - Theatre-Maker

Rachel will spend a week work-shopping her new project FORGE at the Royal Exchange in Manchester. The project will work together with technicians, lighting and sound designers and metal workers to interrogate the politics of memorial.

Kay Michael - Theatre-Maker

The bursary will fund a residency for Kay to develop her show Sequel, a new participatory performance piece about our relationship to place, the future and ecological crisis.

NG Choon Ping - Director

Ping will use the bursary to spend a week work-shopping a new piece by Northumbrian writer Lee Mattison.

David Ridley for Bucket Club - Composer

David makes up part of theatre company Bucket Club, the bursary will buy them new equipment to ensure they continue to develop their live sound design that has become their particular style of working.

Vikki Stone - Composer

Vikki is looking to progress her career into composing for Musical Theatre. Her bursary will support a workshop of her new piece Southbound, a post apocalyptic musical about a community of women living in a motorway service station.

Hannah Sullivan - Theatre-Maker

Theatre-Maker Hannah will use the bursary to support a weeks residency in Hebden Bridge working with a choreographer and film maker to develop her new solo piece AIDA.

Hannah Tookey - Producer

The bursary will support Hannah in developing two new theatre projects by enabling her to spend dedicated time on them while establishing herself as an independent Producer.

Quang Kien Van - Choreographer

Quang’s bursary will go towards work-shopping a new dance piece inspired by Yvonne Rainer’s 1965 No Manifesto.

Tom Wentworth - Writer

The bursary will support a week long R&D of his new play Bully.

Abi Zakarian - Writer

Abi’s bursary will allow her to travel to Yerevan, Armenia in order to research and write Mountain Warfare, her new play about the 1915 Armenian Genocide.