Martha Miller Scholarship | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Martha Miller Scholarship

For students holding an offer for BA (Hons) Acting.

This generous scholarship has been made possible by Patricia Storace. The scholarship is for offer holders on the BA (Hons) Acting course.

COURSES:  BA (Hons) Acting

ELIGIBILITY: UK BA (Hons) Acting students


APPLICATION DETAILS: Students interested in applying for the Martha Miller Scholarships must be students of Central's BA (Hons) Acting course. At the donor’s request, preference will be granted to state-school educated applicants.  All UK BA (Hons) Acting students will be invited to apply for the Martha Miller Scholarship and will be sent an application form together with guidance notes.

Criteria for the awards are based on a combination of merit (promise/ability shown in application form and at audition/interview) and hardship.

Applicants will have two weeks to return their Scholarship application form. Central’s scholarship panel will consider all eligible applications. All applicants, successful and unsuccessful, will be notified of the outcome of their scholarship application.


Martha Miller (1929-2014) had a childhood passion for the theatre which led to a lifetime as a working actress.  She made her precocious stage debut at the age of 15, playing Elizabeth Barrett Browning at the town theatre of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, her hometown.  She graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which was the first academic institution in the United States to offer a full university degree in drama.  Her classmates at Carnegie Tech included Nancy Marchand, Sada Thompson, Paul Milikin, Angela Payton—and Andy Warhol.  Martha Miller was a protégée of Edith Skinner, the legendary speech professor of Carnegie Tech, and later of Julliard, who trained a wide range of actors, among them, Christopher Reeves and Robin Williams. Martha’s colleagues remember her strikingly beautiful voice and love of poetry.  For several seasons after graduation, she was a managing director of the Somerset Playhouse in Somerset, Massachusetts.

She played in many Shakespeare productions, both at the Equity Library Theatre, and the American Shakespeare Festival, as Hippolyta, Desdemona, and Mistress Page, among others.  Off Broadway, she appeared in Brecht’s Happy Days with Meryl Streep and Christopher Lloyd, and on Broadway in Paul Osborn’s Morning’s At Seven. She believed that the teaching of drama was an essential part of education, and worked to bring professionally performed plays into schools.

Martha Miller as Desdemona