In September 2016, Archbishop Sentamu Academy launched The Spotlight Scholarship Programme; a scholarship for ASA’s gifted and talented performing arts students.
The programme allows students to enhance their performance skills, work with professionals within the industry and challenge perceptions about theatre being inaccessible for young people from disadvantaged areas.
The Spotlight Programme aims to commission a professional playwright, each year, to write a play for the scholarship students to perform.
Not only does the commission allow the students to get first-hand experience of working with a professional playwright but they will also get to work with a range of directors, theatre workshops, composers / musicians, photographers, set designers – experiences they may not get until they have actually been employed in the industry. The commissioned performances will tour locally and also venture across the UK and Europe.
The programme also offers free trips to shows / productions which the students are usually unlikely to attend due to travel costs and ticket prices. These trips will allow students to get an insight into how professional shows are produced.
Not only does the programme aim to support the students’ development in performance but it aims to provide financial support to help students attend auditions as transport costs and audition fees can deter students from attending.
The scholarship is for students ranging from Year 9 to year 13.
We are reaching out for funding to support these students and give them as much experience in the Arts as possible - this is through taking them to see shows, for auditions and for workshops with professionals in the industry.
The Spotlight Scholarship has had huge success with students going on to study at many prestigeous drama schools such as LIPA, ALRA, Central and the Institute of the Arts in Barcelona. It would be amazing if we could support, and offer our current students the same exposure as previous cohorts through the funding we receive.
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