MFA in theatre directing at Birkbeck

by Grace Cordell in Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

MFA in theatre directing at Birkbeck

£1,490

£10,000 target 8 days left
14% 37 supporters
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 5th November 2020 at 3:25pm

My name’s Grace, I’m a 26 year old theatre director in Nottingham. I am hoping to raise some money to support my training over the next...

by Grace Cordell in Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

My name’s Grace, I’m a 26 year old theatre director in Nottingham. I am hoping to raise some money to support my training over the next 2 years.

The MFA in theatre directing at Birkbeck.

This particular course is the best of it's kind. They have taken on 6 students this year, they are incredibly respected in the theatre industry and have a 'placement' scheme at both the top Drama schools (RADA, Arts Ed) and British theatres (The Royal Exchange, Leicester Curve).

Up until this year, this opportunity has been incredbly difficult for students from working class or low income backgrounds due to the costs. This year however, they have selected me for a scholarship to cover my tuition, which is potentially transformative for me and my career.

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With such an incredible opportunity, I now face the near impossible challenge of trying to live in London over the duration of my course.

  • The total amount of the scholarship is £20,000, this will go on £17000 for tuition and £3,000 towards living costs. As  a full time course with regular weekend work,plus an intensive placement in a theatre, I will be unable to secure enough work to cover my basic living costs.
  • I lost my job in March due to COVID, and am currently survining on universal credit but that will stop the moment my course starts.  

As exciting as this all is, and as fortunate as I am to be given the scholarship, the remaining £3,000 will not fund my next 2 years of basic living. I am therefore to raise £10,000 to cover costs (this is significantly lower than the first target as I’ve been given a lump sum donation and I managed to get a part time job until January!)

Any amount you are able to donate, would be so so so gratefully received.


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