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The fourth MGCfutures Bursary Programme is open for applications

Published: 12 May 2019
Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

The MGCfutures Bursary Programme was set up in 2012 to help arts practitioners progress to the next stage of their professional development.

Bursaries of £500 to £5,000 may be applied for to support career development. In addition, MGCfutures offers The Stephanie Arditti Bursary for those working in costume and two Assistant Director Bursaries in collaboration with London's Gate Theatre.

Now in its fourth year, the programme has expanded.

New this year are partnerships with English Touring Theatre for an Assistant Production Manager for Sheffield Theatres co-production Reasons to Stay Alive, and Deafinitely Theatre on HUB, the first deaf accessible theatre training scheme.

Michael Grandage said, “I’m delighted to announce our fourth year of this unique bursary scheme which encourages representation from every single part of the industry. We have already helped more than fifty emerging theatre-makers since it began in 2016 and this year we are hoping to reach an even wider group of theatre-makers in some of the more technical areas of the industry.

"We’re also launching some exciting new partnerships including a training placement for an aspiring Production Manager with English Touring Theatre, and mentoring support for deaf artists with Deafinitely Theatre as well as continuing our association with the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill, offering a placement to work on two Gate Productions as an Assistant Director.”

Applications are to be made online and the deadline is 12 noon on 31 May. Note that bursaries are not available to support training or as commercial investments in productions.