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Durham University


Durham Inspired: Sproxton Stagecraft Scholarship

We believe Durham University has one of the most exciting student theatre scenes in the country, with over 100 shows produced each year by more than 30 active student theatre companies. From Pinter to Porter, Shakespeare to Sondheim, there is no shortage of opportunities to be involved in putting on a show!

This year we are thrilled to be launching the new Durham Inspired: Sproxton Stagecraft Scholarship – specifically to support this area of activity at Durham University for students with exceptional potential and creative vision but perhaps with limited funds.

Our Technical team possesses a wide range of skills, including lighting, sound, projection, stage management, set and costume design and video. At Durham you can learn industry-level skills, contribute to a show’s creative vision with your designs, and be part of a supportive community of fellow technicians.

We provide thorough technical training to give you all the critical skills needed to be a valuable and trusted technician. Many of our students arrive with no prior theatre experience but uncover a hidden passion to be part of a creative team putting on a show. We run workshops throughout the year to develop new skills and give the opportunities to build the experience required to flourish in all areas of stagecraft.

Durham University’s Assembly Rooms Theatre is at the heart of all this activity. Following a £2.2m investment last year, the building re-opened with state-of-the-art industry-standard equipment on which you will be able to hone your skills.

If you are interested in any aspect of theatre production and stagecraft do not hesitate to get in touch to apply for this scholarship, which provides £4,000 per year.

Eligibilty Criteria:

Be able to demonstrate an exceptional level of potential and creativity in the area of stagecraft

Have a household income below £42,875 (2019-20 rates) based on an assessment carried out by Student Finance England.

Number Available:


Entry year:

October 2021


£4,000 per year for a maximum of 4 years.


All undergraduate programmes of study.

Prospective applicants must:

  • Stage 1: submit an academic application to Durham University, by 29th January 2021, via UCAS
  • Stage 2: submit an online scholarship application form by 28th February 2021 including a personal statement covering the following areas:When
  • Your interest and passion in theatre and why
  • Your experience problem solving / what you might have learnt
  • Your experience collaborating or leading a team

Please also provide supporting documents/portfolio via e-mail to which:

  • Demonstrate your creative vision for either a show or a musical in a theatre like the Assembly Rooms OR, A Shakespeare in a space like Durham Castle OR any show in a venue of your choice. Please feel free to specialise as much as you can in the area that interests you the most (set, costume, lighting, sound).

This can be provided in either

  1. A maximum 5 page pdf (including images/annotations/diagrams/text as appropriate)


  1. A max 3 page pdf and an accompanying 3 minute long video (uploaded to YouTube) talking through your plans

If you would like more information please contact :

If you would like to see more about theatre at Durham Univeristy please see:

Eligible applications will considered by a panel of colleagues with expertise in stagecraft.

If you have any queries or would like any addtional information please contact

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