Actors' Institute to award scholarships to young actors in Swindon

By Jamie Hill - 19 February 2021

Arts and Culture

The Actors’ Institute is awarding up to six fully funded places for their Acting and Theatre Making foundation course to talented young actors living in Swindon.

Thanks to funding from the John Lewis Partnership Community Investment Fund, the theatre school is able to offer six low-income scholarships to students aged 18-25, who are local to Swindon.

The one-year part-time course, which usually costs £2000, is currently taking applications for September’s intake. Awards will be made to individuals on the basis of their talent, potential and personal financial need. 

“We are delighted to be able offer this opportunity to young people in Swindon, who might not normally have access to professional theatre training due to the financial barriers. The course is also part-time, so students can fit their training around their work or educational commitments. It’s a great option for those who are taking a year out before auditioning for drama school or who are preparing for a career in the performing arts,” said Luke Marquez, Artistic Director of the Actors’ Institute. 

Students will work and train as a contemporary theatre company, creating, producing and performing work for in-class and public performance. They will also receive ongoing training in acting, voice and movement. 

“We are very fortunate to have a great team of industry professionals teaching on our foundation course, who will introduce students to a wide range of skills including stage combat, puppetry, improvisation and the fundamentals of acting. These skills teamed with the experience of creating and performing theatre will ensure students are ready to take the next step in their acting careers.”  

To apply and find out more about the course visit

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