Dramatic Arts

This initiative is not open to applications.

In 2014 we introduced a new five year initiative in the Dramatic Arts. It has two key strands: an annual Clothworkers’ Theatre Award; and bursaries for talented students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to accept a place at a leading drama school. 

Clothworkers’ Theatre Award

We will award up to £150,000 a year over five years (2014-2018) to a producing English regional theatre.  A different England region will be selected each year, starting with the Southwest in 2014, Yorkshire in 2015, in the Northeast and Northwest in 2016.  Future regions will be, East and West Midlands, and East and Southeast. 

2016 Award

The winner of the 2016 Clothworkers' Theatre Award was announced at the prestigious annual UK Theatre Awards at London's Guildhall in October. It was awarded to Northern Stage for a two year programme for young people from diverse backgrounds in deprived areas of Newcastle and Gateshead to access training and develop practical skills in the arts.

Previous winners were York Theatre Royal (2015) and Theatre Royal Plymouth (2014)

From left: Kate Denby (Executive Director), Michael Jarvis (Master, The Clothworkers' Company) and Lorne Campbell (Artistic Director)

Photo: Pamela Raith

Support for drama students

Concerns have been voiced in the dramatic arts sector that there are significant barriers to entering the profession for young people from low income backgrounds.
We have awarded £180,000 each to the London Academy of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts to enable them to offer three year bursaries to one talented student a year for the next five years to complete a course in acting or technical theatre studies.  By the end of the programme, our funding will have supported 10 students to complete their training at these leading UK drama schools.
We have also awarded: £50,000 to the National Youth Theatre to fund places in their repertory company or to commission young writers; and £37,500 to the Society of London Theatre for their annual Laurence Olivier bursary which helps drama students at accredited drama schools in their final year of study.  As with the LAMDA and RADA grants, the purpose of both is to support students from low income backgrounds.
All funding for the Dramatic Arts initiative has now been allocated.
 Photos: London Academy of Dramatic Arts