We are committed to supporting the development of the next generation of comedy performers. Having worked with performers and theatre makers in our shows, through our collaborations with other organisations, and our education and training work, we are aware of the lack of diversity in theatre, and within comedy performance in particular. Alongside this, the financial barrier to accessing professional development is a real obstruction for many people. We are therefore keen to play our part in addressing this, by offering bursary places in all our in house workshops to people from diverse backgrounds and others who are underrepresented on our stages, on all our courses.

We recognise the lack of access and options into the industry for people from racialised backgrounds and for our workshop bursary scholarships we specifically welcome people who have faced barriers to access as a result of either systemic or interpersonal racism such as:

  • Black people – those of African heritage, Caribbean heritage, and those who are part of the
    African diaspora
  • South, East, South East Asian people and those who are part of the Asian diaspora
  • Mixed heritage people and other racially or ethnically marginalised people

Please note that we welcome applications from everyone but will prioritise UK based artists.

We open applications for bursary sholarship places ahead of general bookings for our courses. Any open opportunities to apply will appear on this page.

Upcoming Bursaries

Bursary places on upcoming courses have either been filled or there are no upcoming courses. Please check back later.

How to apply

To apply please fill out the online application form here. Please note that the decision of the panel is based on the details in your application.

If you’d prefer not to write answers you can submit a video or audio recording of your responses to the questions in the online form. Please keep the recording to no longer than 3 minutes and email it to education@spymonkey.co.uk.