UNDER-PRIVILEGED students at Coventry University are being offered the exclusive chance to work with an internationally renowned theatre company.
The city-based university are giving bursaries of £3,000 to help promising new students from under-represented groups undertake a new postgraduate course in Collaborate Theatre Making alongside acclaimed theatre group Frantic Assembly.
The course, which starts in January 2016, will give aspiring theatre, dance and music professionals a unique opportunity to hone their skills alongside specialist practitioners in practical modules, research events and online learning.
Run by the University’s performing arts department in collaboration with Frantic Assembly, students will also undertake a performance project led by the industry professionals.
Speaking about the new venture, artistic director of Frantic Assembly, Scott Graham said: “For 21 years Frantic Assembly has been committed to creating pathways into the industry for a wide variety of individuals.
“We want to diversify the pool of talent working in theatre and the arts today and welcome applications from all backgrounds.
“In Coventry University we have an academic partner who also seeks to remove barriers to participation and it is a pleasure to announce these bursaries for our course.”
Students from the UK and overseas are invited to apply for bursaries for The Collaborative Theatre Making MA – which take the form of a fee waiver – and will be chosen based on their ability to demonstrate excellence in their academic achievements and performance practice.
Dr Natalie Garrett, principal lecturer in dance and director of the new MA course at the university said: “For aspiring practitioners to be able to work with one of the most exciting and dynamic contemporary theatre companies in the business through our MA is a tremendous opportunity.
“We’re thrilled to be offering students from a diverse range of backgrounds the chance to receive a bursary to take up the course.”
Further information about the course is available online at www.coventry.ac.uk/collabtheatre-ma or by contacting Dr Natalie Garrett via email at firstname.lastname@example.org