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MGCfutures & The Mercury

Artistic Director of MGC, Michael Grandage today announces that the second round of MGCfutures Bursary Programme is now open for applications. MGCfutures is a charity, formed in 2012 by Michael Grandage, the Tony Award and Olivier Award-winning Director.

The bursaries programme was launched last year for arts practitioners who show a commitment to their chosen career and look to progress to the next stage of their development.

This year, for the first time, the charity has partnered with the Mercury Theatre in Colchester to offer a Trainee Director position. The recipient of this £5,000 bursary will work as Assistant Director on two Made in Colchester productions.

MGCfutures applicants can apply for bursaries from £500-£5000, to support careers across the theatre industry. Bursaries in round one supported a range of projects including directors and producers who needed help towards funding a workshop, a theatrical milliner who need help to buy tools for his work and designers who needed to invest in computer assisted design programmes or workshop space.

Michael Grandage said:

It’s vital for us as a charity to actively support the next generation of theatre-makers, especially in a time of great financial uncertainty within the arts. MGCfutures Bursary Programme is an important part of the breadth of the work we undertake in this area. We’re very proud of the recipients of our inaugural bursaries, who come from a diversity of disciplines across the theatre world. As we open our second round, we look forward to engaging with more brilliant young artists. We’re also looking forward to collaborating with the Mercury Theatre Colchester – where I began my own directing career – to appoint a Trainee Assistant Director on two Made in Colchester productions.

Mercury Theatre Artistic Director Daniel Buckroyd said:

MGCfuture’s bursary could be transformational for a future director. The Mercury is working hard with our partners to ensure that theatre-making continues to survive and thrive in the East. I look forward to working with MGCfutures to engage a brilliant young artist as Trainee Assistant Director on two Made in Colchester productions.

Applications must be submitted via the MGCfutures website www.mgcfutures.com before 12 noon on Friday 12 May 2017.  Please note, bursaries are not available to support training or as commercial investments in productions.