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

We’re delighted to announce our sixth round of Bursary recipients. Nineteen theatre-makers join the MGCfutures family. Celebrating a wide range of disciplines from choreographers to composers, writers, set and costume designers and our first carpenter.

We’re pleased to be working with London Performance Studios to support their new role of Cultural Entrepreneur as well as working with Dance Base in Edinburgh to support a Hip-Hop Dance Artist Traineeship. This year we have also partnered with South House to provide a Creative Development Residency at their studio in Faversham.

And this year two bursaries are awarded in memory of Costume Supervisor Stephanie Arditti. Theatrical Milliner Lauren Martin receives funds to help her purchase new hat blocks and Claire Powell's bursary will fund a new workroom complete with an industrial iron and sewing machine. These awards are generously supported by Designer Christopher Oram.

We’re grateful to our Patron Nicole Kidman for supporting us for the second year running. Nicole Kidman has a special interest in building the profile of women in the theatre industry and this year her donation is supporting Producer Bethany Cooper.

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

Read all about our recipients here.

Isabel Adomakoh Young - Writer

The bursary will provide time for Isabel to start work on her first play.

Shankho Chaudhuri - Designer

The bursary will support the expansion of Shankho’s practice through the provision of software, learning and time.

Aran Cherkez - Director

The bursary will support Aran’s development of a new live art and dance exploration inspired by Britain’s forgotten ageing population.

Bethany Cooper - Producer

The bursary will support Bethany as she develops two new productions for regional touring.

Kashish Gaba - London Performance Studios Cultural Entrepreneur

The bursary will support Kashish Gaba in his role as Cultural Entrepreneur at London Performance Studios in Bermondsey.

Sarah Golding - Theatre-Maker

The bursary will support the development of an immersive, interactive spatial-audio adventure for children, exploring the joy, comfort and delight of having an ‘invisible friend’.

Matthew Harvey - Composer

The bursary will provide time for Matthew to create an original new music score.

Jennifer Jackson - Choreographer

The bursary will support the development of a new dance-theatre work celebrating the power and agency of women in a fiercely contested space.

Somebody Jones - Writer

The bursary will support the development of a verbatim piece challenging the ‘absent Black father’ stereotype.

Max Lindsay - Director

The bursary will support Max to develop a new musical celebrating Queer Joy.

Lauren Martin - Stephanie Arditti

The bursary will provide new hat blocks for Lauren, who is a theatrical milliner.

Claire Powell - Stephanie Arditti

The bursary will fund a new workroom complete with an industrial iron and sewing machine.

Alice Rush - Producer

The bursary will support Alice’s first venture as a solo producer.

Sundeep Saini - Theatre-Maker

The bursary will enable Sundeep to work on the R&D of her multidisciplinary show for children exploring loneliness in a digitally connected world.

Nadia Sewnauth - Dance Base Hip-Hop Dance Artist Traineeship

The bursary will provide Nadia with organisational and financial support as she takes part in the first hip-hop traineeship in Dance Base in Edinburgh.

Mark Smith - Director

The bursary will assist Mark to take a new direction as a theatre director.

Sam Stuart - Carpenter

The bursary will cover workshop costs for Sam’s new enterprise for theatre carpenters.

Clarissa Widya - Producer

The bursary will assist Clarissa’s professional development as a Producer of British East and Southeast Asian work.

Anushiye Yarnell - South House Creative Development Residency

The bursary will support Anushiye to undertake a supported residency at South House in Faversham.