About East 15

Prizes and awards

A history of winners

As one of the UK’s leading acting schools, we have a number of students and graduates who have won awards and competitive scholarships over the last few years.

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BAFTA Scholarship

First awarded in 2015, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Scholarship provides funding to aid aspiring actors studying at, and applying for, FDS accredited courses. In addition to financial support, the recipients also receive one-to-one mentoring on their acting by BAFTA members

The first recipient of the scholarship was BA Acting student Jason Harris who was awarded £6,000 to support his training at East 15.

Carleton Hobbs Award

This Bursary provides winning students a contract for six months work with the BBC Radio Drama Department. A long list of East 15 students have enjoyed recognition through this competition.

Past winners have included BA Acting graduates Laura Christy (2019), Alexandra Constantinidi (2018), Patricia Allison (2017), Joseph Ayre (2016), Roslyn Hill (2014), Alex Rivers (2011) and Leah Brotherhead (2010). Runners-up and commended nominees have included Emily Meechan (2019 runner-up), Jezebel Simpson (2019), Phebe Alys (2018), Andrea Valls (2015) and Eleanor Dillon–Reams (2012).

EQUITY Student Bursary

Equity is the UK trade union for professional performers and creative practitioners, known and respected internationally for the work with, and on behalf of, members working across all areas of the entertainment industry. Each year, two students are selected to be awarded a Bursary worth £500.

One 2015 recipient was BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre student Scott Lyons.

Jacobs Ladder Bursary

Jacobs Ladder Bursary is a sponsorship fund for year 2 & 3 BA Acting students. Founded in 2016 by Chris and Angela Graham, the Bursary has supported a large number of students with individual awards ranging from £1,000 to £9,000. Year 2 & 3 BA Acting students are automatically eligible for this funding. In 2019, 20 students received financial support from this Bursary.

The John Gielgud Bursary

This bursary is worth between £2,500 and £4,500 and has been won by the following students from East 15: Olivia Forrest (2019, £2,500), Patricia Allison (2017, £4,500), Kathleen Hood (2015, £4.500), Jamie Riley (2014, £4,500), Daniel Johnson (2013, £4,000), Olivia Hirst (2012, £4000), Daniela Pasquini (2011, £4,000), Candice Fraser (2010, £3,500), Stephanie Appleton (2009, £3,500), Daniel Jenkins (2008, £4,000) and Marsha Henry (2007, £3,500).

The Laurence Olivier Bursary

This is worth up to £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. Precious Mustapha was the 2019 recipient. Other winners have included; Rebecca Saffir (2015), Lottie Finklaire (2014) awarded £500, Nayatia Hinds and Nathalie Wain (2012) each awarded £2000, Anna Tall (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.

Lilian Baylis Award

This is worth £1,500 and has been consistently won by students from East 15, including Isabella Javor (2015) Livia Heim (2014) Lucy Townsend (2013) Gerel Falconer (2012), Anna Tall (2011) Poppy Meadows (2009), Liam Lavery (2008) and Maria Gray (2007).

East 15 Awards

There are several awards made which are unique to East 15

The £500 Tim Welling Award commemorates a past student of the school and was first awarded in 2015, to BA Acting student Ellie Moon. The 2019 winner was Molly Craig. Previous winners include: Jake Reid (2018), Hadley Brown (2017), Katie Neil (2016) and Ellie Moon (2015).

Also commemorating a past student, and again worth £500, the Thomas Bennett Comedy Award was won in 2015 by BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre student Allie Munro.

2015 saw the Elizabeth Mills Award being made for the first time. This award is worth £2,500 and the first recipient was BA Acting student Patricia Allison.

Edinburgh and beyond

Graduate productions have enjoyed great successes at Edinburgh Fringe, winning countless awards. In 2015, the school and the University combined to award some £50,000 from funds expressly aimed at supporting graduate companies to become established in the arts and theatre. These awards enabled companies to take their productions to the Brighton, Camden and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals and provided the Barrington Collective, a company formed by MFA Acting(International) graduates, to premier their play at the New York Fringe.