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Scholarship scheme

GFCA offers an annual scholarship, providing one actor or actor/director with a subsidised place on the 20-month Advanced Intensive Acting or Acting/Directing Diploma programme, and the opportunity to train with an experienced team of leading acting coaches. If chosen, you will be awarded a scholarship for 50% of the standard course tuition-fee; and the option to spread the rest of the fee in monthly instalments.

 

GFCA is an independent not-for-profit organisation; we are based in the heart of Soho in London, and have another Centre in Paris, with regular workshops in NYC, LA and in many other European cities. We actively seek ways to open up our training to all, and even though we are a self-funded institution GFCA continues to explore ways to reach out to talented individuals, irrespective of their financial or social background.

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How to Apply

Each year, submissions open at 9 am on 1 January, and close on 6 July at midnight.

If you have applied before the deadline but haven't yet had your audition, you are welcome to submit a video-audition by the deadline, along with an email in support of your application.

If you have already auditioned for us either live or online, you only need to send us a confirmation email by the deadline, including your reasons for wishing to be considered.

 

Once we receive your additional email with the reasons for applying for the award, we may then ask you for some supporting documents, before deciding on the short-list. We may invite applicants to an extra audition, online or at the centre in London with Giles Foreman and other core tutors. The final decision is normally announced by 1 August..

For further information, please email us.

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VIDEO SUBMISSIONS

  • Complete an online application-form

  • Self-tape 2 varied monologues, each no more than 2 minutes long.

  • Upload video files onto Wetransfer or another free downloading site, or onto YouTube / Vimeo (videos should be unlisted, or set to private).

  • Email the link with the subject line ‘GFCA Scholarship Submission from: ’.

  • We will not judge the video production quality, but please check that the quality is good enough for us to be able to hear and see you!

  • Those shortlisted will be given at least 2 weeks confirmation if an audition-date is required.

  • A decision is normally reached on the scholarship no later than 1 August, with the successful candidate enrolling for the cohort starting training in late September.

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Reflections

Richard Listor was the recipient of the first GFCA scholarship - he said:

“Being offered the Giles Foreman scholarship was massive. Before, I had all but written off the idea of intensive actor-training as something entirely inaccessible to me. Now I’ve had the opportunity to train with fantastic teachers, to get equipped and get prepared for life as a professional actor.”

Giles Foreman says:

“The scholarship scheme has been very successful, and it is our aim to offer opportunities each year in order to reach out to young actors, irrespective of their personal circumstance or location. We are a self-funded institution, but we’re very aware that incredibly talented actors could slip through the net due to limited personal means. 

We hope that the scholarship scheme can enable an individual from any background to apply.”

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