Whilst you may not have heard of many of the rising stars that Stage One is currently working with, our past graduates are a true testament to the quality of Stage One’s programme. Producing alumni include Matthew Byam Shaw (bursary 2000), Jeremy Meadow (bursary 2001), Michael Harrison (bursary 2003), Tali Pelman (bursary 2006) and Jamie Hendry (apprentice 2007). Start Up awards have been made to Becky Barber (Birdsong, 2010), Ros Povey (Love Story, 2010), Eleanor Lloyd (Butley, 2011), Patrick Lynch (Less Than Kind, 2012), Sue Scott Davison (Our Boys, 2012), Tracey Childs (Haunting Julia, 2012), Richard Darbourne (All That Fall, 2012), James Quaife (Barking in Essex, 2013), Gavin Kalin (A Doll's House, 2013), Simon Cummin (Dickens Abridged, 2013), Tracey Childs (Kindertransport Tour, 2013), David Hutchinson (Avenue Q Tour, 2014) Stephen McGill (The Pajama Game, 2014) Martyn Hayes (Dear Lupin, 2015). Their productions alone have brought a vibrancy and diversity to the West End and touring stages in recent years.
At least one out of six bursary recipients per annum (since the schemes inception in 2000) is now established and working as a commercial producer. All past trainee producers (since 2007) are working in the commercial theatre sector or are actively producing. The Start Up recipients are some of the most promising new commercial producers in operation.
‘Being awarded the Stage One Bursary allowed me to take the leap into producing in the West End, both with confidence and genuine industry support. I was incredibly lucky to be surround by an exceptionally talented creative team and work with some of the best known actors in the industry. Most importantly however, I was taken seriously as a commercial theatre producer.' James Quaife, recipient of Stage One Start Up Fund April 2013 for Barking In Essex, www.jamesquaifeproductions.com
‘The Stage One bursary was the single most important step towards my becoming a producer. It gave me the confidence to put on a show in the West End. The help, advice and financial support enabled me to take myself seriously as a producer and worked to demystify the whole intimidating process of producing theatre.’
Matthew Byam Shaw, recipient of Stage One bursary in 2000, www.playfuluk.com