BBC Performing Arts Fund announces 32 Ones to Watch for 2015

Date: 10.12.2014     Last updated: 11.12.2014 at 11.16
The BBC Performing Arts Fund is excited to announce that it will be supporting the next generation of performing arts talent across the UK by awarding Fellowships to 32 individuals.

From choreographers, producers and writers, to a circus performer, a poet, and a lighting designer, the Fellows are as varied in their disciplines as they are in their geographic locations, with two-thirds making work outside of the capital.

Birmingham Royal Ballet, Dancebase in Edinburgh, Manchester’s Z-Arts and Prime Cut in Belfast are just some of the selected arts organisations that will host a BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellow. The bespoke placements offer professional support, training and development opportunities in addition to the PAF grant of £10,000 per organisation, totalling £320,000 in grants.

Follow @BBC_PAF #32onestowatch for updates on our Fellows’ progress or visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/performingartsfund/.

The Fund is a BBC Charity committed to developing new performing arts talent from across the UK. The charity is funded through revenue from the voting lines of BBC One entertainment programmes. Over £5 million in grants has already been awarded via the Fund in the past 12 years.

Miriam O’Keeffe, Director of the BBC Performing Arts Fund says:

“Thirty-two amazing talents from across the UK will benefit from a year of sustained support from wonderful arts organisations, enabling them to really build on their talent and reach their potential. The diversity of the Fellows, from opera to spoken word, theatre to dance, from Northern Ireland to Southampton, shows a real commitment by the BBC Performing Arts Fund to support the sector.”

Rachel Tackley, Director, English Touring Theatre says:

“This is a brilliant opportunity for us to work with a female lighting designer at the start of her career to help her forge new contacts within the industry, and broaden her experiences and ambitions. We hope it will be a really good boost for her career and we can’t wait to get started.”

Rebecca Lyon, Circus Performer, says:

“The year ahead will see me acquiring invaluable inside knowledge of the 'real world' of performing arts and making contacts that I may never meet otherwise. With the help of the Jacksons Lane team I will be able to explore which area of creating circus I'd like to focus in on in my future. Moving to London and living in a creative hub will be life changing in its own way as there is no better place to find circus in the UK than in London”.

The 32 successful organisations and Fellows are:

Location

Fellowship

Genre

Fellow

Profession

Birmingham

Birmingham Royal Ballet/ Rambert

Music

Jonathan Lo

Conductor

Manchester

Box of Tricks

Theatre

Amy Fisher

Theatre producer

Bristol

Bristol Old Vic

Theatre

Max Johns

Theatre Designer

Edinburgh

Dancebase

Dance

Beverley Grant

Dance artist

Belfast

DU Dance

Dance

Brona Jackson

Dance Artist

London

English Folk Dance and Song Society

Music

Rosie Hood

Folk singer

London

English Touring Theatre

Theatre

Jenny Roxburgh

Lighting Designer

Bradford

Freedom Studios

Theatre

Evie Manning

Director

London

Fuel Theatre

Music

Natalie Murray Beale

Conductor

Somerset

Halsway Manor

Dance

Hannah Moore

Choreographer/director

Manchester

HOME

Theatre

Rikki Henry

Director

London

Independent Dance

Dance

Antonio de la Fe

Choreographer and performer

London

Jacksons Lane

Circus

Rebecca Lyon

Tutor/ Performer

London

Lyric Hammersmith

Theatre

Ola Ince

Director

Birmingham

mac, Birmingham

Theatre

Rachael Young

Theatre maker

Bristol

MAYK

Theatre

Sarah Bentley

Producer

Southampton

Nuffield Theatre

Theatre

Anthony Lau

Director

London

The Old Vic

Theatre

Toby Peach

Theatre maker

London

Papatango

Theatre

Samantha Potter

Playwright

Belfast

Prime Cut

Theatre

Rhian Jeffrey

Director

Glasgow

Scottish Opera

Music

PJ Harris

Director

Glasgow

Scottish Youth Dance

Dance

Emma Smith

Dance artist

Brighton

South East Dance

Dance

Dan Daw

Dance Artist / Artistic Director

London

Spread the Word

Spoken Word

Jasmin Ann Cooray

Poet

Swindon

Swindon Dance

Dance

John Ross

Choreographer

London

The Bush Theatre

Theatre

Nina Patel-Grainger

Theatre Designer

Belfast

The Mac Belfast

Theatre

Stephen Coulter

Creative producer

London

Theatre-Rites

Theatre

Joseph Wallace

Director

Bristol

Tobacco Factory

Theatre

Nel Crouch

Director/ writer

Leeds

Tutti Frutti

Theatre

Stacey Sampson

Writer

Leeds

Yorkshire Dance/ WYP

Dance

Melanie Purdie

Creative Producer

Manchester

Z-Arts

Theatre

Emma Hill

Writer

 

Notes to editors:

The BBC Performing Arts Fund is a registered charity, number 1101276.

The charity (formerly Fame Academy Bursary Trust) was set up in 2003 within the BBC. The fund receives revenue from the voting lines of BBC One entertainment programmes that seek to find new performing talent (including The Voice, Fame Academy, How Do you Solve A Problem Like Maria? and Over The Rainbow).

To date the fund has allocated more than £5 million to talented performing arts individuals and community groups, as well as offering mentoring and advice to help them achieve their goals.