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As National Apprenticeship week comes to an end, here are a few opportunities for young theatre practitioners that have caught our attention. Producers, writers, actors – read on…


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Last week the Kevin Spacey Foundation launched two new initiatives: a grant giving scheme for emerging creative talent and a major new partnership with Regent’s College London.

The foundation was set up by the award-winning actor, director and producer Kevin Spacey in 2010 to support, train and mentor emerging creative talent. Following its success since then, the Foundation is now offering those at the start of their creative careers KSF Grants to help them make their own projects happen, whether they are making a film, dance piece, theatre performance or a music track. Grants of £500, £1,500 and £2,500 are offered.

The second opportunity is for those pursuing higher education and offers six KSF Scholarships a year for the BA (Hons) Acting and Global Theatre course at Regent’s College London. The university setting means that creative collaboration can take place across academic subjects, with a focus on international study – a global outlook that is at the heart of the Foundation.

Kevin Spacey will lead the audition process and those lucky enough to gain a scholarship will attend master classes with him as part of a programme of learning events with other high-profile artists.

Meanwhile, National Apprenticeship week has seen a flurry of announcements including, rather excitingly, the news that Stage One is to offer two regional producing apprenticeships.

The charity, which is committed to developing and supporting producers for the commercial theatre industry, has been awarded £30,000 of funding from the Eranda Foundation, to offer a 12 months training programme for entrepreneurial new producers.

Stage One’s Apprenticeship Scheme already offers hands-on training opportunities within established producing companies, but the additional funding means that this year they will be recruiting eleven outstanding candidates; six for their Commercial Placement, three for a Commercial/Subsidised Placement which was launched in 2011 and two for the new Regional Placement opportunity.

Also this week, submissions opened for the fifth Papatango New Writing Prize, the latest venture from a company set on finding the best new talent in the UK and bringing their work to the stage. Papatango was founded in 2007 and has been in partnership with the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre, since 2011.

The winner will receive a full four-week run at the Finborough Theatre in November 2013, and the script of the play will be published by leading theatre publishers Nick Hern Books.

This year’s judges will be the four members of Papatango – Matt Roberts, George Turvey, Sam Donovan and Chris Foxon, together with Neil McPherson – Artistic Director of the Finborough Theatre, Francis Grin – Literary Manager of the Finborough Theatre and Reen Polonsky – Senior Reader of the Finborough Theatre. In a development from previous years, all entries will be judged entirely anonymously.

Last year’s competition received over 700 entries, and previous winners have earned critical acclaim, award-nominations and high-profile future commissions.

Applications close at midnight on 31 May and the longlist will be announced on 1 July 2013 and the final winner declared on 1 August 2013.

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