MGCfutures Bursary Programme opens applications for 2023

Artistic Director of MGC, Michael Grandage today announces that the seventh MGCfutures Bursary Programme will open for applications from 12pm today, 10 August, and close on 12pm on 31 August. MGCfutures is a charity, formed in 2013. The bursaries programme was launched in 2016 for arts practitioners who show a commitment to their chosen career and look to progress to the next stage of their development.

Applicants throughout the UK can apply for bursaries of up to £5,000, to support careers within the theatre industry. MGCfutures remains committed to expanding the reach of the bursaries across all the professions that play a vital role in making live performance happen.

In addition, MGCfutures will offer the following bursaries:

  • The Other Room in Cardiff to create a 12-month placement as the venue’s first in-house Technical and Production Manager
  • Stephanie Arditti Bursary to support those who wish to pursue a career in any aspects of costuming in theatre

Michael Grandage said today, “To date, MGCfutures has meaningfully helped 126 people develop their chosen career within the theatre. As we enter our seventh year it is my hope that we continue to build on this success and wherever possible, help change people’s lives for the better by supporting them at a crucial moment in their development.”

Applications must be submitted via the MGCfutures website from 12pm today, 10 August, and close at 12pm on 31 August.

Please note, bursaries are not available to support training or investments in productions.

Also launched today, is the new MFCfutures website, designed by award-winning design studio Bullet Creative, through which the bursary application is facilitated. The new site also showcases regular news and features from the growing family of bursary recipients; alongside comprehensive insights into careers across the spectrum of the theatre world, with helpful careers advice and guidance.


MGCfutures is a charitable organisation committed to supporting the next generation of theatre makers and theatre goers, principally through its bursary programme, mentorship and online resources. Established in 2013 by director Michael Grandage, the charity aims to introduce people to the wide variety of jobs available within the theatre, both on and offstage, and also provides vital support to theatre makers at pivotal moments in their careers.

MGCfutures is governed by a Board of Trustees. It is also supported by the charity’s patrons: Judi Dench, Dawn French, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, Daniel Radcliffe, Simon Russell Beale, Sheridan Smith, Aidan Turner, David Walliams and Ben Whishaw.

As previously announced the Theatre Community Fund, spearheaded by Olivia Colman, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Francesca Moody will continue their 3-year support of the bursary scheme for a final year.

“My MGCfutures Bursary, allowed me to work on the long-term sustainability of my producing career through business and financial training, as well as developing my company’s artistic slates through acquiring rights for two works for adaptation. At this stage of my career, the recognition and support from MGCfutures has given me the confidence to take the next steps in moving towards becoming a leader in the industry – I can’t thank MGCfutures enough.” Nisha Oza, Producer and Bursary Recipient 2021

To find out more about MGCFutures’ work, and how to get involved, please contact Andrew Broadley

  • The MGCfutures Bursaries are funded through money raised by the company itself, through donations and the support of generous individual givers
  • The recipients of the awards are selected from an industry panel including Michael Grandage. After the panel, each recipient will be met with to discuss their bursary and the support MGCfutures will give each one moving forward.

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Written by Theatrefullstop