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

We’re delighted to announce sixteen new bursaries representing our widest range of theatrical disciplines yet, demonstrating the broad spectrum of careers that exist within the performance industry.

We’re pleased to be working with English Touring Theatre supporting their first Assistant Production Manager placement and with the Gate Theatre Notting Hill supporting two Assistant Director roles.

We have also teamed up with Deafinitely Theatre to support their pioneering HUB project, the first ever deaf accessible theatre training programme.

This year also sees the first costumier award in memory of our much loved friend, the costume supervisor Stephanie Arditti.

Thanks to our donors and supporters for making this year’s awards possible.

Read all about our recipients here.

Chisara Agor - Theatre-Maker

Chisara will use her bursary to develop her new musical The Garden, adopting a range of musical genres and sounds to celebrate the transformative power of nature in the concrete world of inner city London.

Louise Anderson -Lighting Designer

Louise will receive advanced training and mentoring to support her career as a Lighting Designer.

Josh Anio Grigg - Digital

Josh will use his bursary to hire space in a shared studio for one year, enabling him to develop his career as a video and digital designer.

Nicola Baldwin - Writer

The bursary will support the development of Nicola’s play about Helen Sharman, an ice cream chemist turned Cold-War Cosmonaut who became the first Briton in space.

Kaleya Baxe - Gate Theatre Assistant Director

Kaleya will work as Assistant Director to Kirsty Housley on the Gate Theatre’s production Mephisto (Rhapsodie).

Hannah Blamire - Technical/Production Manager

Hannah’s bursary will allow her to complete training courses in rigging and AutoCad design programmes to aid her development as a Production Manager.

Simon Carroll-Jones - Choreographer

Simon’s bursary will go towards work-shopping a new dance piece The Local: A Skatepark Project with professional skateboarder Alex Burston.

Marcelo Dos Santos - Writer

The bursary will support research and development for Marcelo’s new play Militant.

Hannah Farley-Hills - Producer

The bursary will provide vital support for Hannah whilst setting up her company and establishing herself as an independent Producer.

Joshua Gadsby - Lighting Designer

The bursary will allow Joshua to purchase a software programme to assist his development as a Lighting Designer.

Laura Goldberg - Deafinitely mentee

Laura will be mentored by Deafinitely theatre, specifically in the area of stage management.

Gus Gowland - Composer

The bursary will enable Gus to complete the first draft of his new musical The Red Virgin.

James Greenhalgh - Deafinitely mentee

James will be mentored by Deafinitely theatre, specifically in the area of costume and design.

Annie Jenkins - Writer

Annie’s bursary will support her whilst she writes her new play, enabling her to work with actors with the support of a dramaturg.

Beth Kapila - Director

The bursary will allow Beth to complete detailed research for a new production that will explore the founding of the first Asian Family Counselling service in the UK.

Twan Lentjes - Stephanie Arditti Bursary

The bursary will enable Twan to purchase embroidery software to help him make period theatrical costume a la francaise, ensuring the development of his career as a specialist embroiderer.

Sara Malik - Gate Theatre Assistant Director

Sara will work as Assistant Director to Lise Lauenblad on the Gate Theatre’s production Land Without Dreams.

Zoe McWhinney - Deafinitely mentee

Zoe will be mentored by Deafinitely theatre, specifically in the area of directing.

Anastasia Osei-Kuffour - Theatre-Maker

Anastasia’s bursary will support a research and development period of her new play Love Stepz, a play fusing poetry, music and dance exploring the circumstances that can lead to abuse in romantic relationships.

Audrey Sheffield - Director

The bursary will allow Audrey to workshop a new one woman play by Alison Carr that explores issues of loneliness, mental health and the breakdown of a relationship.

Sophie Slater - ETT Assistant Production Manager

Sophie will work as Assistant Production Manager on ETT’s production Reasons to Stay Alive.

Julian Spooner - Director

The bursary will allow Julian to embark on a research and development period on Dancing Bears, which he will develop with Writer Nick Bruckman.

Sita Thomas - Director

The bursary will support Sita’s development of a new script and score for an uplifting LGBTQ folk music theatre production in Wales.