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


We’re delighted to announce our fifth round of Bursary recipients. Our largest cohort yet, 33 theatre-makers join the MGCfutures family. Celebrating a wide range of disciplines from choreographers to digital creators, writers, set and costume designers and our first casting director.

We’re pleased to be working with the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre to support an opportunity for a trainee Literary Associate as well as working with Pilot Theatre in York to support two Creative Assistant roles.

And this year two bursaries are awarded in memory of Costume Supervisor Stephanie Arditti. Eve Kann is being supported to develop her skills as a designer and Kitty Hawkins receives funds to help her build an extensive library of essential reference books. These awards are generously supported by Designer Christopher Oram.

Special thanks must also go to the Theatre Community Fund for their generous support this year.

Read all about our recipients here.

Waleed Akhtar - Theatre-Maker

Waleed will write and develop a new verbatim piece which looks at Islamophobia both in Britain and globally. (image by Ori Jones)

Tom Bellerby - Director

The bursary will support a research and development week of Helen by Hull based writer Maureen Lennon and time to develop a new theatre company.


Rebecca Brewer - Theatre-Maker

This bursary will support Rebecca in an R&D of her new project All the Places We Cannot Go, a piece of gig theatre about trespass.

Teresa Burns - Writer

Teresa plans to develop a community play with Lutonians for Lutonians based on the town’s industrial evolution.

Ghost Chan - Digital

This bursary will enable Ghost Chan to develop Minute Moonshine, an alternative reality game aiming to combine artwork with non-linear storytelling.

Zhui Ning Chang - Theatre-Maker

The bursary will support an R&D period to create a new podcast musical exploring a queer, hopepunk approach to storytelling. 

Liz Daramola - Lyric Hammersmith Theatre Literary Associate (Trainee)

This bursary will support Liz as the Trainee Literary Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, developing her skills around new writing and working closely with the artistic team.

Beth Flintoff - Writer

This bursary will allow Beth to develop her new play about cleaners and the other support staff who work behind the scenes. (image by Ian Legge)

burn / gobscure - Writer

This bursary will enable burn / gobscure to write their new solo show have a heart, as well as being able to spend time being mentored by Third Angel. (image by picturesbybish)

Sam Hardie - Nicole Kidman Bursary

Sam will spend time researching and developing a new devised show The Very Famous Hercules… The Bear, exploring identity, belonging and family. (image by Helen Murray)

Natalie Haslam - Choreographer

This bursary will enable Natalie to complete a training course in creative coding to aid the development of immersive dance theatre pieces.

Kitty Hawkins - Stephanie Arditti Bursary

Kitty’s bursary will allow her to purchase essential costume reference books.

Courtenay Johnson - Producer

Courtenay will complete an R&D to develop Sea Girl, a new production for young audiences using interactive decision-making game software. (photo Maksim Podorozkin)

Eve Kann - Stephanie Arditti Bursary

This bursary will enable Eve to make five costumes to showcase her design and making skills. As well as conducting research into props costume by speaking and spending time with industry professionals.

Júlia Levai - Pilot Creative Assistant

Júlia will work with Pilot Theatre to create exciting new participatory projects for young people.

Tom Lightbody - Lighting Designer

Tom will spend time as Assistant Lighting Designer on multiple projects enabling him to learn essential skills from the Designers he assists.

Rafaella Marcus - Dramaturg

Rafaella will establish a new script-reading service for writers without access to essential feedback.

Tony Mills - Choreographer

Tony will complete a research and development period for his new project Ally Oop, a piece that will blend dance and basket-ball for young audiences.

Will Monks - Video Designer

The bursary will allow Will to purchase essential equipment and to spend time with a performance collaborator to explore new ways of working digitally which will help him develop as a Video Designer.

Madelaine Moore - Director

Madelaine’s bursary will allow her to complete an R&D of her new project, the (beat) rover, a Beat Poetry inspired adaption of Aphra Behn’s proto-feminist play, The Rover.  

Laurie Motherwell - Writer

This bursary will give Laurie time to write his new play Diss, as well as completing an R&D with a DJ, an Actor, and Dramaturg to develop the project for the stage. 

Anna Orton - Designer

The bursary will allow Anna to buy essential equipment to continue her design work in the most efficient and sustainable way possible.

Nisha Oza - Producer

Nisha plans to develop her producing career, through business and financial training for her company The Lot Productions. She will also acquire the rights to two texts for adaptation, to further her goal of making independent work with an inclusive mindset.

Claire Rimington - Pilot Creative Assistant

Claire will work with Pilot Theatre to create exciting new participatory projects for young people.

Luke W. Robson - Designer

This bursary will allow Luke to purchase design software, receive mentor support and begin to develop a design-lead re-imagining of Hogarth’s A Rake's Progress.

Nye Russell-Thompson - Producer

The bursary will support Nye in finalising and releasing content to build hype for his upcoming new show, and further developing his producing skills for his theatre company StammerMouth, specifically contract writing, Microsoft Excel skills and expanding his knowledge of budgets.


Lucía Sánchez Roldán - Lighting Designer

The bursary will allow Lucía to purchase a software programme to assist her development as a Lighting Designer.

Amber Sinclair-Case - Theatre-Maker

Amber’s bursary will enable them to complete a research and development period for their new project (Wo)man Monster which will explore the black trans experience *and OCD*, blending dub-poetry and traditional African music.

Freya Smith - Composer

Freya’s bursary will allow her to spend time writing her first draft of a new musical about mental health.

Lexie Ward - Director

Lexie will spend time researching and developing a new multidisciplinary verbatim piece that exposes the pressures of Cumbria’s Mountain Rescue.

Naomi Westerman - Writer

Naomi will use her bursary to finish writing her new play about the links between mental illness and the environment.

Christopher Worrall - Casting Director

The bursary will help Christopher to establish himself as a freelance Casting Director and cover the cost of essential equipment, subscriptions and software. 

Lilac Yosiphon - Director

This bursary will support a week-long R&D to create the BSL translation for the adaptation of The Shoes of Tanbury by Shimon Ballas, a show for young audiences.