Scholarship Programme

For over 100 years, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama has nurtured and enriched the talents of extraordinary actors, practitioners and researchers.

Scholarship Programme

At the heart of Central’s mission is a commitment to place students at the centre of its work and to develop individuals who will go on to shape the future of theatre and performance across the UK and beyond.

Why we need a Scholarship Programme

Without financial assistance in the form of scholarships and bursaries, students are likely to need to obtain large loans in order to pay for their tuition and living costs whilst at Central. Furthermore, Central’s training is intensive and a typical student day runs from 9.00am to 6.00pm frequently running well into the evening (with rehearsals and performances).  This means that it is often difficult for students to take jobs alongside their studies and support their fees and costs of living in this way.

For many of our graduates, their first jobs in performing arts are often low paid or pro bono. Without scholarships long-term debt may act as a barrier to many aiming to train and work in the performing arts. As a result, we fear that the performing arts industries risks losing the very talented people it needs to flourish.

Read how scholarships have helped past and present Central students on the scholar testimonials page.

How you can support the Scholarship Programme

Central’s Scholarship Programme is designed for those supporters who wish to make a significant contribution to safeguard the training of some of our most talented students.

Donors making a gift over £3,500 will confer naming rights of a scholarship and receive regular updates from their individual scholars.

To discuss how you can support our Scholarship Programme, please contact:

Meg Ryan, Head of Individual Giving
Tel: +44 (0)20 7449 1636
Email: meg.ryan@cssd.ac.uk

Bethany McDonald Shepherd, Head of Trusts & Foundations
Tel: +44 (0)20 7559 3975
Email: bethany.mcdonaldshepherd@cssd.ac.uk 

Or please write to: 
The Department of External Affairs
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Eton Avenue
London
NW3 3HY
UK

Had I not been awarded a scholarship then I wouldn’t be in the position I am in today. Without this financial assistance I am sure I would have had to turn down my place at Central and would still be searching for a way to live my dreams of becoming a professional actor.

Rick Woska, MA Music Theatre 2012