Prizes and Awards
As one of the UK’s leading acting schools, East 15 has a number of students and graduates who have won awards and competitive scholarships over the last few years.
The Laurence Olivier Bursary This is worth £7,500 for a student entering the third year of BA Acting and is presented by the Society of London Theatres. East 15 students have regularly won this outstanding prize. In 2012 Nayatia Hinds and Nathalie Wain (pictured here with East 15 Director, Leon Rubn) were each awarded £2000. Other winners have included; Anna Tal (2010) awarded £ 1,500, Paul Thomas (2009) awarded £2,500 and in 2008, Frances McNamee won the top award of £7,500 while Thomas Nelson also won an award of £2,500.
Carleton Hobbs Award East 15 student BA Acting student Eleanor Dillon-Reams received a commendation in these awards in 2012. She joins a long list of East 15 students to have enjoyed recognition through this competition. These include BA Acting graduate, Alex Rivers (2011) whose Bursary earner her a six month contract with the BBC Radio Drama Department. Previous winners include Leah Brotherhead (2010), Paul Richard Biggin (2006) and Trevor Cuthbertson (2005), while a special commendation was handed to Arsher Ali (2006).
Lilian Baylis Award This is worth £1,500 and has consistently been won by students from East 15: including Gerel Falconer (2012), Anna Tall (2011), Poppy Meadows (2009), Liam Lavery (2008) Maria Gray (2007), Steven Helliwell (2006), Lucy Thackeray(2005), Rose Romain (2004) and Sarah Louise Evetts (2003).
The Spotlight Bursary This is worth £1,250 and was won by East 15 students Edward Mitchell (2007) and Tanja Pilcher (2004).
The Spotlight Prize Best Male Actor category was won in 2009 by John McKeever
The John Gielgud Bursary This is now worth between £2,500 and £4,000 and has been won by the following students from East 15: Daniela Pasquinin (2011, £4000), Candice Fraser (2010),Stephanie Appleton (2009, £3.500), Daniel Jenkins (2008 £4,000), Marsha Henry (2007 £3,500)) Andrew Lindfield (2006 £3,000), Conrad Sharp (2005 £2,500), Ben Wigzell (2004 £2,500), Christopher Rees (2003 £2,000) and Jamie MacLachlan (2002 £2,000).
EdinburghFestival East 15 students and graduates consistently present a wide range of high calibre productions at the Edinburgh Fringe each year. In 2012, this was led by Bitch Boxer, a play that won the first Old Vic New Voices Award designed to support new work in Edinburgh. In 2011,writer Charlotte Josephine took her first play, Perffection to Edinbugh and won a National Student Drama Festival commendation. Other companies won many more accolades in 2011, following on the 2010 success of Bound which won a Fringe First, a Heritage Angel, the National Student Drama Festival Award and the Holden Street Theatres Award, so taking the play to Australia.
Postgraduate Scholarships There are a number of Bursaries and Scholarships available to Postgraduate students. These include The Dikes Scholarship, the Elliot Bursary and the Howard Lloyd Lewis Scholarship as well as the East 15 Development Fund and the University of Essex Postgraduate Scholarships: of which a number were awarded in 2012 totalling some £25.000