Students from drama schools across the UK have been awarded £77,500 worth of bursaries by the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) in order to help them complete their training.
Funds awarded through the bursaries scheme can range from £500 to a maximum of £7,500 and are given at the discretion of the judges. The Clothworkers’ Foundation bursary is worth a total of £37,500 over five years with £7,500 awarded to a student annually as part of the Laurence Olivier Bursaries scheme. Funds donated by The Behrens Foundation, The Casting Directors’ Guild and by leading London theatrical agent Barry Burnett are also given in conjunction with the scheme.
Established by SOLT in 1987, in honour of the 80th birthday of Lord Olivier, the Laurence Olivier Bursaries aim to provide financial support to exceptional students. To be eligible students must be entering their final year of drama school and also facing financial difficulties in continuing their studies.
The rigorous nature of acting courses means it is often impossible for students to undertake paid employment while training and the aim of the bursaries is to remove some of this financial burden.
Nicky Griffiths was announced as the recipient of the Society of London Theatre Bursary for Musical Theatre Dancers. Chosen by Dancers’ Career Development, Nicky has been a professional dancer for 15 years and has appeared on the West End in Jersey Boys, The Bodyguard and Mamma Mia! amongst many other musical theatre productions. The bursary will go towards Nicky's retraining as a choreographer and movement director.
Each year, Principals from drama schools across the United Kingdom submit their nominations