FinTrU continues Lyric Theatre Bursary sponsorship for a third year


The Lyric Theatre are delighted that FinTrU is supporting bursaries for exceptional young people for the third year running.  The bursaries are awarded to those studying at Drama School who are former members of the Lyric Drama Studio – the theatre’s highly successful actor training programme.  The Lyric have a high success rate of members gaining places at Drama Schools across Ireland, UK and further.  This year, the results are a record-high, with 15 students having successfully been offered a place at Drama School in 2020, at places such as Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Mountview, East 15, LAMDA, The Lir, Arts Educational and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.


One of the seven recipients of the first year of FinTrU Drama Studio bursaries, Finnian Garbutt, who graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in July 2019, has gone on to secure a London agent and has worked on a number of great projects since graduating.  He recorded an audio book for BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week, performed in Christopher Hampton's premier of Youth Without God at the Coronet Theatre in Notting Hill and recently was seen on our TV screens in an episode of Casualty for BBC1. 


On receiving the bursary, Finnian said: “It was such a good feeling to know that a local company had an interest in what I was doing and supported me through my final year. The bursary helped me travel to and from London during our showcase season, where we perform in front of industry professionals with the hope of getting an agent. If it wasn't for the FinTrU Theatre Bursary, then it would have been incredibly difficult to afford. The support that FinTrU has given me really helped my confidence and made me believe in myself.  The work that FinTrU does to help young actors at drama school cannot and should not go unseen, they have seriously helped me and a number of other young actors and to FinTrU I give my gratitude and my thanks.”


This year another seven recipients have received bursaries from the Lyric/FinTrU partnership which will support the Northern Irish actors in their studies.  Philip Crawford, Head of Creative Learning at the Lyric Theatre said on the partnership: “We are delighted that FinTrU is supporting our emerging actors for the third year running. We have currently 17  former Drama Studio members at Drama Schools across the UK and Ireland, and with arts organisations struggling in general with funding issues, the financial assistance which FinTrU are offering to individuals is invaluable to the work we are doing.”


Katrien Roppe, Chief of Staff at FinTrU, stated: “Here at FinTrU, we strongly believe that the Arts and Culture sector plays an integral role in society. Our partnership with the Lyric Theatre aligns perfectly with our company ethos of supporting Local Talent on the Global Stage. We are proud of the achievements by the FinTrU Theatre Bursary recipients in recent years and we want to continue to support them as they pursue their careers. Our society has a proud tradition of the Arts and it is our duty to do what we can to protect this heritage at this difficult time.“


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