Nurturing, celebrating and sustaining talent in the performing arts
Helping theatremakers – on and off stage – achieve their full potential 

Since our first issue in 1880, The Stage has championed theatremakers’ careers: discovering the latest talent, shining a light on success both on and off-stage and – when necessary – calling out unfair practice in the sector.

The Stage Supports is a series of groundbreaking interventions launched by The Stage with a range of industry partners, all with one aim: to nurture on and off-stage talent in theatre and the performing arts


“I’m about to make history in the West End by being the first black British actor to play the role of Boq. This wouldn’t be possible without the scholarship from The Stage.”

Scholarship winner 2009,
Idriss Kargbo
“I would like to thank The Big Act and The Stage for supporting me in getting closer to my dream"
Scholarship winner 2016
Hannah Rachael Scott
"We were so honoured to be nominated that it never crossed our mind that we might win"

The Stage Award winner 2016,
Kate Wasserberg, artistic director of The Other Room, Cardiff


Scholarships, internships and early career opportunities

Mental health resources, conferences and research

Awards and prizes both, on and off-stage

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"Without the scholarship, there was no chance I could have gone through with the three years of training"
Scholarship winner 2013,
Hope Evans, D&B School of Performing Arts

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Michael Grandage

Olivier and Tony-winning director

“I am excited to join The Stage Supports, so we can work together to support even more young people to thrive in our industry."

Noma Dumezweni

Currently playing Hermione in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

“I am very much looking forward to celebrating the next generation of actors at The Stage Debut Awards later this year."

Paule Constable

Olivier and Tony Award-winning producer 

“I’m really excited to be an Ambassador for The Stage Supports.  We are in a world where arts funding is being cut to nothing.  At the same time we are all being told how important creative thinking is. This project is an opportunity to nurture and support new talent and there is nothing more important than that.”

Preeya Kalidas

Actor: currently starring in School of Rock 

“The Stage Supports has initiatives that support and grow you as an actress and can really make a difference to your career."

David Grindrod

Casting director for Matilda and School of Rock

“The Debut Awards have the power to change everything for the recipients and accelerate their careers."

With a total of 67 Olivier Awards between them and ranging from actors to producers, The Stage Supports ambassadors offer experience and insight from all areas of the performing arts.



James Graham

Olivier-Award winning writer

"Receiving support and encouragement at the early stages of your working life is vital for emerging artists, so I’m just incredibly pleased and honoured to be involved in the The Stage Debut Awards"

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