I can tell you, as a budding actor, having Jack Lemmon put his hand on my shoulder and say, 'That was terrific, kid; you oughta do this professionally' was a big deal for me.
Over the course of my career, I've been fortunate enough to have success as a stage and screen actor, running the film production company, Triggerstreet, and as Artistic Director of one of the world's best-loved theatres - London's Old Vic.
When I first started out, I was lucky enough to meet Jack Lemmon who encouraged me to become an actor. He subsequently became a great mentor in my life. Jack had a phrase that he used all the time that I've now adopted as my own. He believed that if you've been successful in your chosen path, if you’ve been able to realize your ambition, then you are obligated to 'send the elevator back down'.
That's why I've set up The Kevin Spacey Foundation (KSF).
We train, through the KSF Scholarships, and develop creative projects via KSF Grants so that emerging artists with passion and potential can succeed in the competitive worlds of performing arts and film.
I'd love you to help me keep the elevator moving, and in good working order, so that we can bring along as many passengers as possible.
Kevin Spacey was born in South Orange, New Jersey and spent most of his youth in Southern California.
As a teenager Kevin attended a drama workshop led by his idol, Jack Lemmon. On seeing Kevin perform, Jack put his hand on his shoulder and said:
‘That was a touch of terrific, kid. This guy is an actor. You need to go to New York and study to become an actor’ which is exactly what Kevin did. He attended The Juilliard School in 1979.
Kevin made his first Broadway stage appearance as Oswald in Ibsen’s Ghosts in 1981. His break through theatre performance was in Eugene O’Neill’s Long Days Journey Into Night opposite his now mentor, Jack Lemmon.
Whilst always harbouring a love for the stage, Kevin went on to work in television and subsequently movies. He won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Verbal Kint in The Usual Suspects and an Oscar for Best Actor as Lester Burnham in American Beauty.
On stage, his performance in O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh was recognized with the Lawrence Oliver Award for Best Actor and a Tony nomination.
In 1997 Kevin founded TriggerStreet Productions, an entertainment company that has produced The Social Network and the Netflix original series House of Cards.
In 2003 Kevin became the Artistic Director of the Old Vic Theatre and moved to London. He focussed on the importance of encouraging young people to build confidence through drama and developing emerging talent with the award-winning Old Vic New Voices programme.
Kevin made his UK Shakespearean debut in Richard II at the Old Vic in 2006 and in 2008 he was appointed as Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Oxford University. In 2010 Kevin was named honorary Commander of the British Empire as recognition for his exceptional work in theatre.
Kevin set up the Kevin Spacey Foundation in the UK in 2010 and in the US in 2013, with the aim of continuing and expanding his work of ‘sending the elevator back down’ by supporting new artistic talent.
Over the course of his career, Kevin has led many acting workshops for young people - sharing his knowledge and experience in the way Jack Lemmon did for him as his mentor. He has delivered classes for emerging artists all over the world through the inaugural Kevin Spacey Foundation project: Richard’s Rampage.
To see Kevin’s full biography visit: www.kevinspacey.com
The Kevin Spacey Foundation (KSF) works in partnership with universities in the UK and the US to offer KSF Scholarships and funding support to talented applicants of performing arts courses.
KSF Scholarships and funding support are currently available for the following courses at the listed educational institutions:
Regent’s University London, UK
Regent’s School of Drama, Film & Media (RSDFM)
Acting and Global Theatre BA (Hons)
3-year undergraduate degree course
Screenwriting and Producing BA (Hons)
3-year undergraduate degree course
The Kevin Spacey Foundation team support Regent’s University London in the KSF Scholarships audition process, seeing applicants in both the UK and the US. In addition, students will experience master classes with Kevin Spacey.
Pace University, New York, US
Pace School of Performing Arts (PPA)
One-year KSF Scholarship support for 5 students studying on any of the following programs:
One-year funding support covering travel expenses for 10 students on the PPA’s International Performance Ensemble program.
Eligibility for consideration for a KSF Scholarship or funding support is specific to each course and institution. Please follow the links below for full details:
Regent’s University London, UK
Regent’s School of Drama, Film & Media (RSDFM)
Pace University, New York, US
Pace School of Performing Arts (PPA)
To be eligible for KSF Scholarships or funding support you must first apply to the course or program you are interested in. It is then possible to apply for a KSF Scholarship at Regent’s University London.
KSF Scholarships and funding support at Pace University are allocated by the Pace financial aid department.
Please follow the links below for full details:
Regent’s University London, UK
Regent’s School of Drama, Film & Media (RSDFM)
Pace University, New York, US
Pace School of Performing Arts (PPA)
Each year students are awarded KSF Scholarships to further their education in the performing arts. The KSF Scholars are chosen based on their talent and need for support. Find out more about the KSF Scholars and their experiences of university life:
In 2011, Michael Wiseman, an army soldier who has served three terms in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, wrote to KSF to request financial support to take up the place he had been offered at the London School of Musical Theatre. KSF offering him a full scholarship – covering his tuition fees for the year course.
Michael began at LSMT in September 2012 and during his time at the school became more confident as a performer. Having had no previous training or much stage experience, Michael drew on his experiences in the army to create believable characters.
Michael graduated from LSMT in September 2013 having secured Regan Rimmer Management as his agent through his end of year showcase. Since graduating he has worked in TV and on stage.
Collette is from Hastings in East Sussex, UK. She completed a foundation-acting course and gained a place on the Acting & Global Theatre BA at Regent’s after auditioning. However, she was unable to fund the tuition fees so it was suggested she apply for the KSF Scholarship, as this was her only chance of being able to take up her place on the course.
Danilo grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. Danilo has always wanted to work in theatre; he is passionate about becoming a director. He applied for the KSF Scholarship to study Acting & Global Theatre at Regent’s University, London in the hopes of broadening his understanding of world theatre and to experience the UK theatre scene.
As part of the KSF Scholarship offer at Regent’s University, Kevin Spacey gives a master class each year. Danilo experienced his first workshop with Kevin in November 2013:
Dreni is from London, UK. His mother encouraged him to apply for the KSF Scholarship as he was struggling to find an acting degree course he could afford to attend. The Acting and Global Theatre BA is perfect for him as he has an interest in the theatre of other cultures and it is his dream to become an actor.
Elise is half Belgian and half Dutch and grew up near Brussels. She had already completed a BA degree but was determined to pursue her dreams of becoming an actor. The KSF Scholarship presented her with the best way to fund studying to be an actor on a course that also explores and celebrates world theatre.
Hilton is from Woolwich, London, UK. He is determined to work in the arts and is particularly keen to learn about how different cultures approach storytelling and performance. He was encouraged to apply for the KSF Scholarship by his mother, who is also fascinated by theatre but didn’t pursued her interest and so supports Hilton in his endeavours whole-heartedly.
The KSF Scholarship has meant that Hilton is able to attend university and he is thoroughly enjoying the experience of being at Regent’s.
James is from Peterborough, UK. He would never have considered studying at a private university an option open to him due to the financial implications. He applied for the KSF Scholarship after being offered a place on a different drama course and not being able to afford to go.
James is really enjoying the diversity of the Acting and Global Theatre course and was delighted to participate in a workshop with Kevin Spacey in November 2013:
Please find information about the KSF Scholarships at Regent's University London below. All questions regarding Pace University scholarships and funding support can be found at the Pace University website.
You will be eligible for consideration for the KSF Scholarship if you have received either:
A conditional or unconditional offer for the BA (Hons) Acting & Global Theatre, including having successfully passed an RSDFM acting audition. Applications for the scholarship will need to be submitted on or before the deadline of 31 May 2014
OR a conditional or unconditional offer for the BA (Hons) Screenwriting & Producing including successfully submitted script and essay. Applications for the scholarship will need to be submitted on or before the deadline of 31 June 2014
Acting & Global Theatre Scholarship application deadline is 31 May 2014
Screenwriting & Producing Scholarship deadline is 30 June 2014
We are not able to change your form once you have submitted it and you will not be able to send a second application for the same scholarship. We can, with your permission, delete your application and you can start again. To request this please email KSF@regents.ac.uk.
Please note that you cannot make changes to your application form after the advertised closing date.
The KSF Grants support emerging artists to develop creative projects in the performing arts (drama, dance and music) or film.
At the start of your creative career and looking to develop a new performance piece, installation, exhibition, film or script? The KSF Grants are designed to give you the time you need to get your project off the ground.
Anyone* starting a career in the arts can apply for a KSF Grant and we will consider projects from across the performing arts (music, dance and drama) and film, as long as the ideas are innovative and exciting. We are particularly interested in theatre projects.
We offer three levels of grant:
and open to receive applications twice a year (for 5 weeks):
To apply complete the online application form.
Please only submit a KSF Grant application during the advertised open dates above. KSF will not accept applications made outside of these open dates.
The Trustees may use their discretion to offer KSF Grants of above £2,500
(*UK and US residents only at present although KSF is exploring how it might fund projects outside of the UK and US in the near future.)
Twice a year KSF Grants open for applications and award grants to support new projects in performing arts (drama, dance and music) and film. The aim is to help people move their creative projects into the next stage of development or to completion and presentation.
About: In a Birmingham community hall, a group of misfit Midland missionaries attempt to stop the rot of secularism in England. But when a devilish American preacher is hired to help, they realise that the atheists are not the only ones who need saving.
Outcomes: Following a 3-month research and development period, Joe completed a first draft of Bejesus in December 2013, which is now receiving feedback from directors and dramaturgs at the Lyric Hammersmith, Birmingham Rep and Soho Theatre. On 30th January, it received a small scratch performance at the Birmingham Rep Theatre.
About: Embroiled in a cloud of smoke, lonely old bookshop owner, Henry, throws back an entire bottle of painkillers. Years of guilt for a son never traced begin to drift away. The doorbell goes. His son, Joe (19) has come to reveal himself; but thrown off by his father's strange mood, Joe bottles it and enters into a web of lies.
Outcomes: Callow & Sons is to be submitted to national and international film festivals.
About: To take a narrative sketch show based around the most notorious bloodline in human history: The House of Nostril to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Moving between rooms of the house, Casual Violence will tell a variety of characters’ stories through darkly comic sketches that link together forming an overall household narrative.
Outcomes: A successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe, which led to a sell-out run at the Soho Theatre, London and discussions with BBC radio comedy show ‘Sketchorama’
About: Forward Theatre Project (FTP) is a collective of 20 emerging directors, writers and designers, creating original theatre inspired by all the towns, tales and textures of our nation. In a collaboration with Derby Theatre, FTP are creating Clothes Swap Shop Theatre Party, an immersive theatrical experience, featuring performances and design installations which address themes of personal identity and relationship between art and commerce.
Outcomes: The week-long research and development period the KSF Grant allowed enabled FTP to create a pack to inform the next stage of the creative process and to build a relationship with Derby Theatre and the communities surrounding it. The piece will continued to be honed and a final performance will be staged at Derby Theatre in 2015.
About: Lewis Major was given the opportunity to present an evening of his own work at Sadler's Wells, the UK's premiere theatre for dance, as part of their Wild Card season. Lewis created a new dance work with several dancers exploring what it is to be part of a group: group energy, group mentality and group behaviour.
Outcomes: Corialan premiered at The Curve in Leicester in August 2013 and was then shown as part of TEDx in November – which sold out. The final presentation of the piece at Sadler’s Wells also sold out.
About: A scratch performance of a new physical theatre / dance piece based on synaesthetic perceptions of time. Synaesthesia is a common but little-acknowledge condition which causes people to 'see' numbers, letters, days of the week (etc) in particular colours, textures and characters. The performance took place at the Cockpit Theatre, London in February 2014.
Outcomes: The scratch performance received very positive feedback. The piece was performed by two visually impaired actors, which added an interesting dimension to the idea of ‘seeing’ days of the week or months as colours and added to the debate about Synaesthesia. A video of the scratch performance has been presented at the UK Synaesthesia Association Conference and the hope is that the piece will tour to festivals and studio theatres in 2015.
About: Incoming is a week-long festival which took place for the first time on 19-25 May 2014 at the New Diorama Theatre, London. Incoming celebrates and champions the work of emerging theatre companies that are at the start of their theatre-making careers, curated by Jake Orr of A Younger Theatre.
Outcomes: Incoming Festival was always intended to be an annual festival. Given the success of this year’s festival and the partnership with New Diorama Theatre, A Younger Theatre are thrilled that the festival will be returning in 2015, presenting the best emerging theatre companies for a second year. Returning to the New Diorama Theatre with ten days, up from the initial seven this year, the aspiration behind the festival is as strong as ever. The festival will showcase performances from more than 20 emerging theatre companies, and offer more workshops and discussions for engagement. A Younger Theatre’s aim is to continue to grow the festival, to offer a necessary platform for emerging companies and to continue to provide a festival that is accessible to all audiences.
About: Land of Our Fathers, by Chris Urch, is set on the day of the 1979 British General Election, when six men find themselves trapped down a collapsed coalmine in South Wales. Tara Finney produced Land of Our Fathers at Theatre503 in London.
Outcomes: Land of Our Fathers received five star reviews, five Off West End Award nominations and played to sell-out audiences across a four-week run at Theatre503. Since the run, Land of Our Fathers has been named Time Out's Fringe Show of the Year, reaching Number 10 in it's overall 'Top 10 Best Theatre Shows of 2013', and it has just been announced as one of three finalists for Best Production at this year's Off West End Awards. Its hoped the production will transfer into the West End.
About: Little Ones is a short documentary film, it tells the story of a transformative trip undertaken by two young mothers and their children. Both trained as artists, but have ended up devoting their 20s to having children. Now they are retreating to rural Wales: ostensibly to plan and perform a shadow puppet show, they will also use this retreat to face facts and make hard decisions regarding their futures.
Outcomes: Little Ones had its public world premiere, following a positive private screening at the British Film Institute, at Underwire Film Festival where it was nominated for a Best Producer award.
About: A two-week research and development period for a new theatre show from Two Destination Language concluding in a presentation at Bristol Old Vic’s Ferment. The piece is about men. And women. Being a man, though, is something else. You can man up. You have to, when your team’s a man down. Stand and take it like a man. The piece considers men and power. Bruce. Clint. Maggie. Sheds and tea. Heavy machinery and pocket gadgets. And watching.
Outcomes: KSF's support enabled Two Destination Language to spend concentrated time developing ideas for the project and to gather feedback from well-informed audiences and producers. This has given them the confidence to move forwards with the piece, and useful information about the effectiveness of different aspects of the work. With mentor, Philem McDermott, providing guidance, the project is now being pitched to commissioning partners and will preview at the New Wolsey, Ipswich in September 2014.
About: This KSF Grant was awarded to Laura to give her the time to write the first draft of Missing Parts, a play about regional identity, gender identity and the experience of growing up whatever age we are. Receiving the KSF Grant meant that Laura could focus on researching, developing and writing this new piece of theatre.
Outcomes: In the first instance, the aim is to get the piece workshopped and read by actors, so that Laura can hear the words of her characters spoken out loud. Then the intention is to approach regional theatres with the hopes of a production in the future. Laura can use the first draft as her calling card script to introduce herself to theatre companies and producers.
About: MOTH by Declan Greene is a new play about two young people, Sebastian and Claryssa, who feel excluded from society and struggle with their emotional difficulties. David Luff produced Moth at the Bush Theatre, London, following a premiere at the HighTide Festival.
Outcomes: Since a successful run at Bush Theatre, David is exploring venues to tour Moth to in the future.
“Ingenious lighting and deftly employed sound-effects are the finishing touches to an enigmatic production … it rivets the attention.”
About: A new contemporary dance theatre piece for four to five dancers, based on the book ‘My People’. Written in 1915 by controversial Welsh author Caradoc Evans, ‘My People’ is a satirical portrayal of a nonconformist chapel, and its hold over a community at the time. The dance explores the book’s themes of sexual and gender politics and abuse of religious power and hierarchy.
Outcomes: Having received a KSF Grant, the project was also awarded Arts Council Wales funding and did a short tour of Wales with six performers. The future plan is to do a larger, UK wide tour in spring/summer 2015.
About: Occupied, Carla Grauls first full-length script, is a darkly comic play about Romanian immigrants living in a squatted public toilet who kidnap an Englishman to learn how to be English. It explores the social clichés and prejudices around the new wave of Eastern European immigration, and the assumptions held by newcomers about the life in UK. The play ran for four weeks at Theatre503, London.
Outcomes: Occupied received very positive responses from audiences, achieved 4 and 5 star reviews and has been nominated for two Off West End Awards. Methuen Bloomsbury Press published the play script and the future plans include a UK tour and a possible trip to the Brits Off Broadway festival in 2015.
About: This grant was awarded to support a research and development process in collaboration with Broadway Theatre Barking and Circus Space to remount a successful site-specific production of Othello. The grant allowed the process to be captured on film and covered the fee for a parkour expert to give guidance to the performers.
Outcomes: Having received a very positive response from industry leaders and young audiences, the intention is to plan a tour for this reworked version of Othello to venues across the UK. A discussion about an Edinburgh Fringe Festival run is also under way.
About: Puja Nights tells the story of Priya, a teenage girl living in Ilford with her devout mother. Life in their suburban household revolves around the worship of ancient Hindu idols. But Priya longs for the glamour of Bollywood and, to her mother’s dismay, worships only the comically dashing Indian action hero Como Basmati. When Cosmo comes to town to promote his latest feature, their conflict comes to a head.
Outcomes: Puja Nights had a premiere screening at the BFI Southbank as part of the London Borough Film Fund Challenge, and was submitted for the Best of Boroughs Award. Most recently Puja Nights screened at the London Short Film Festival. As a result of the experience she gained on Puja Nights, Isabella de Rosario is now working at BBC Radio Drama.
About: A short film about the experiences of a young soldier following his time in Afghanistan. The man is struggling to come in terms with what he has seen and the film captures his nightmarish dreams – never is the audience clear as to what is real and what is imagined. The grant winner, Alex, has served in Afghanistan and is drawing on his knowledge to create this short film.
Outcomes: Currently the project is being used as a teaser trailer for the band - Landshapes upcoming second album, which is being released by Bella Union Records. There are also plans for the Landshapes to use clips from the film as part of their touring show.
About: Clemmie is the co-founder of theatre company, Made By Brick, she was given the opportunity to stage Responsible Other at the Hampstead Theatre (downstairs) in a five week run in June 2013. Written in consultation with staff and patients at the Lupus Unit at St Thomas’ Hospital, the play focuses on Daisy, a teenager from the Midlands who is travelling to London for specialist treatment.
Outcomes: Responsible Other had a successful run at the Hampstead Theatre downstairs and it received four and five star reviews in the national press. Clemmie Forfar is now working as a full time producer.
About: Inspired by the canopy scientists who use miniature hot air balloons to study rainforest canopies, Science in the Sky is an immersive, participatory outdoor spectacle, incorporating physical and visual theatre, narrative storytelling, theatrical illusion, and science.
Outcomes: Science in the Sky has had a two-week research and development period and has subsequently been offered a residency at an Arts Centre to further develop and show the piece in 2014.
About: ‘Silent Laughter’ follows one lonely student who simply wishes for acceptance. Is comedy the way to achieve this? ‘Silent Laughter’ is a live-action, silent short film, which explores the fundamental need for mankind to feel socially valued and the role which comedy plays in our society and whether the pursuit of comic fame will bring the popularity we crave.
Outcomes: David is now working to get Silent Laughter onto the shortlists for a number of Short Film Festivals around the UK, Europe and the USA. These include Liverpool and London Lift-Off Festivals, Raindance, Edinburgh Film Festival, NYC Shorts, Clermont-Ferard and Festroia in Setubal, Portgual.
About: In a world where all forms of art are made illegal, audiences are invited into a derelict, abandoned theatre. Once inside, they are free to explore, and slowly discover an underground community where artists and performers are secretly creating or staging work.
Outcomes: Having used the KSF Grant to research and develop this piece, Joe is now approaching possible venues in the hopes of staging Situation in 2014.
About: Tap Tap Theatre are a collective of theatre makers from Bristol University. The KSF Grant enabled us to take our show 'Men', a dark comedy by Bruntwood Prize shortlisted and Royal Court Young Writer, Miriam Battye, to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Outcomes: Following a successful run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Tap Tap transferred their show to the Arcola Theatre in London and now have a tour booked which takes them to: the New Diorama Theatre, the Wickham Theatre, Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival, VAULT Festival, Bestival and Latitude Festival.
About: Front Foot Theatre member, Kim Hardy, applied for a KSF Grant to help with the final aspects of a planned production of Chekov’s The Seagull. Front Foot Theatre worked with a Meisner technique specialist director, Sebastien Blanc, and had a successful three week at the White Bear Theatre in London.
Outcomes: The play was well received and Grant Winner, Kim Hardy received an Ian Charleson Award commendation for actors under 30yrs in a classical role. Front Foot Theatre are planning to take the production on tour to Vienna, Milan and Budapest and accompany it with talks on the Meisner technique.
About: A family of three has its identity stolen by another family of three. This family is displaced from their home by these incomers who look just like them. The two families must fight it out - and in the confusion we loose track of who are the 'original' family and who are the 'intruders'.
Outcomes: Joe has completed a first draft of the script and is currently in discussion with new writing theatres in the hopes of having his play realised.
About: Unknown Male is a theatre piece exploring the after effects on a train driver when a man jumps in front of her train. The KSF Grant was given to allow this new piece to be workshopped with three actors and showed as part of the Birmingham REP Foundry Showcase.
Outcomes: As a result of the showcase, Stephanie has secured a working relationship with a producer, Pippa Frith, who is working to book a tour of the finished play in spring 2015. Conversations with possible directors are under way.
About: Upper Cut is a political drama of hope and betrayal. Traveling backwards through time it searches for the fight for black representation through today’s Coalition politics, the birth of New Labour and into the troubled heart of a Labour Party struggling under the might of Thatcher’s Tory revolution, consigned to the political wilderness of constant electoral defeat.
Outcomes: A staged reading of Upper Cut happened in 2013 at Tara Arts. The collective have now registered themselves as an official company to continue to make political theatre.
About: Wolverhampton Central Youth Theatre was invited to the World Festival of Amateur Theatre in Monaco to represent the UK. A group of 16 young people travelled to Monaco and perform an adaptation of Nikita Mikhalkov’s ‘Burnt by the Sun’ in the Salle Garnier Opera House in Monte Carlo.
Outcomes: The young people involved in this production experienced an international theatre festival and represented their country.
About: Woodhouse is a multi-character drama told across an 8-minute short film. It follows individuals living in South London as they search for a mysterious creature in their local nature reserve. The KSF Grant was used to publicise, distribute and submit the film to festivals around the world.
Outcomes: Woodhouse won the Film London’s Best of Boroughs Jury Award, was recognised with a Staff Pick on Vimeo having been viewed over 60,000 times and has been submitted to international film festivals. The hope is that the success of Woodhouse will lead to new shorts commissions and a feature length film in the future.
See Woodhouse here: http://vimeo.com/90480436
About: An interactive family show from Greenlight Theatre, where the children help to ‘collect’ sounds into jars to be used in a storytelling narrative. Fresh from his sound collecting odyssey the storyteller returns to find the kingdom silent and his love kidnapped by the king. Upon seeing his love forced to bring delight only to the lonely monarch, the teller offers himself and his skill with sound in her place as daily entertainment. Every day the teller regales the king with the stories and the exotic sounds of his travels. But the stories are running thin and the sounds all but depleted. The teller must make them up to keep the king’s appetite quenched. The teller enlists the children’s help to ‘top up’ some of the sounds so he has enough for the king (he’s running low on the horse’s clop). This family show will be performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2014.
About: This project is a three week run at the Yard Theatre of a new play, Beyond Caring. Beyond Caring tells the story of a group of temporary work cleaners in a warehouse on the outskirts of London. It highlights the situation regarding low paid temporary work, exploring the emotional and practical effects of this growing feature of our society.
Beyond Caring is a project created through immersion in the affected communities the company of actors, interrogating the treatment of those on the fringes of society, and then written through a devising process by Alexander Zeldin.
About: Bonenkai is a new show for emerging company The Letter Room, associate company of Northern Stage in Newcastle upon Tyne. Inspired by the raucous, seedy underground clubs of the 1920s/1930s this is a story about escape; what it meant then, and what it means now. Using original live music, the company want to create an event, something primal. The aim is for the audience to experience a time where they too can forget their troubles, before tomorrow inevitably comes. Bonenkai will be at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2014.
About: The play follows the inhabitants of a Bed and Breakfast in a bombed out suburb at the heart of a never-ending war. Each character trapped by their own pasts and attempting to live as normal a life as possible among the carnage of war- Nina is waiting for the return of her war love, Bourse is awaiting the draft letter and Mrs Harding is waiting for the day when she and her cardboard box of a husband can head to the sun. All of this is shattered when Gos arrives, a Solider and a Bovine who has been bred to fight and thus increase the war effort. The piece is a tragi-comic exploration which is poetic, bold and innovative.
About: Manchester based 'What A Little Bird Told Me Theatre' are staging their first production 'Colder Than Here' by Laura Wade, directed by the award winning Alyx Toyle, at The Kings Arms in autumn 2014. The company is dedicated to bringing Manchester audiences more female representation by producing plays that do this subtlety, where the writing is at the heart of the work and female roles are normalised.
About: A short film that follows bestselling author Warren Harley. As Harley finishes a book signing for his latest novel, he expects a quiet night. However, this plan is thrown off the tracks when a character from the book appears and begins making demands. Upon completion this short film will be entered into international film festivals.
About: This project would cross contemporary dance with stunt work and film. The concept of the piece is to look at the beauty within failure. From a place of stability and confidence, to the fall, the fail, a place of seeming chaos and instability, With the use of slow motion effects and stills, the viewer will be able to see the details of moments within, capturing the elegance of limbs flying, the light-hearted humour of a face distorted and smudged against the floor, followed by the recovery.
About: The creation of a piece of theatre looking at how the social and physical landscape of Green Lane (Dagenham) has changed since the 1960’s. Through interviewing local residents now and people who have lived in the area during the 50 year period, the project will build a picture of a community that has changed in it’s racial, political, financial and social identity.
About: MurleyDance is a ballet company that fuses classical technique with theatricality. In Autumn 2014 MurleyDance will stage their most ambitious piece to date - Hail Britannia, which will celebrate different aspects of what it means to be British. The centrepiece will be a new ballet choreographed by Artistic Director David Murley in association with British composer Patrick Hawes. Hawes was commissioned in 2008 by HRH The Prince of Wales to compose a suite inspired by the Prince's gardens at Highgrove House.
About: A feature length film, Hi-Lo Joe has recently finished principal photography on its 18 day shoot. Shot on the Arri Alexa camera (Skyfall, Gravity), with a cast of 80, full crew, 16 locations, jib, crane and steadicam shots, SFX and VFX and the edit is currently happening at Zebra Crossing Productions with sound post happening at AOC in Paris.
The film is about the creator’s own experience of suffering from depression. The aim is to produce a film that those who feel misunderstood can understand.
About: Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho is a drag musical comedy cabaret extravaganza starring the titular Iron Lady herself. Over the course of the show Mrs Thatcher tells the story of how the homophobic legislation Section 28 came to be, however whereas in real life it passed, in this version Maggie gets lost in Soho on the eve of the vote, realises the error of her ways, overturns the bill, and leaves Whitehall to become a gay rights championing cabaret superstar. A comedy that also has serious points to make about tolerance, the history of gay rights in the UK, and the difference one person could have made. The show will be performed at festivals throughout the UK in summer 2014.
About: A live, one-hour immersive theatre performance which explores modern Britain today and the gaps that exist between ourselves and others. Nina is a young Liverpool woman on a London tube carriage. When the carriage shudders to a halt, it's obvious something serious has happened. Trapped, Nina and her fellow passengers have to talk, with dramatic consequences.
Mind the Gap follows the stories of Nina, Darren (a young African-Caribbean Londoner), Piotr (a homesick Polish man and Faisul (a mature student from Bangladesh), as their internal and external thoughts are shared and their interlocking stories unravel.
About: Off side is a short film that follows a young Black male growing up in the endz struggling to cope with his sexuality. The film explores what its like to grow up with a devoted religious mother, surrounded by friends that only know the little world they’re in, living on a typical London estate, were everyone knows your business, and if you don't conform living in this world becomes very, very difficult.
About: ‘Play for September’ is a new, hour long play following Elle through one academic year of secondary school where she becomes witness to the grooming of her best friend Kay. This project is a week-long tour of schools and small theatre venues, involving four actors/workshop leaders. ‘Play for September’ will be complimented by an educational program of workshops with students age 14+ exploring confidence in writing, devising for theatre and the workings of a theatre company.
About: The project is a new play called 'Playing with Grown-Ups'. The play was on at Theatre 503 in May 2013 and has been given the chance to go to New York for a three week run as part of the 'Brits off Broadway' festival. A four hander by writer Hannah Patterson, it is a wry, provocative look at what it is to be a woman today, in a society that tells us we can have it all and our ambitions can be unlimited.
About: A short film following Colin - who works a nine to five job in the suburbs but dreams of being a rodeo star. When a spot in a Rodeo competition comes up, Colin is determined to win. The prize is a trip to America, which is Colin’s dream - the land of opportunity where he can be anyone and do anything. The only problem is that Colin is, well, a bit rubbish. This will be a charming, uplifting comedy about chasing your dreams and never giving up… even if you’re a bit a crap.
About: “Silk Road - an online black market. Sometimes called the Amazon.com of illegal drugs.” Meet Bruce, 19, unemployed and living with his Nan. When Bruce discovers how easy it is to buy narcotics online, his life and his Nan’s Ebay account changes forever. Prompted by the arrest in October 2013 of the alleged owner of Silk Road, playwright Alex Oates has written a play that cunningly masquerades as a less-than-serious tale about how simple it is not only to buy, but to sell drugs online. He plays tactfully with the ever shifting line between the ‘cool’ and the criminal; the anonymity that the web offers allowing the former to become a smokescreen shrouding the clarity of the latter.
Starring James Baxter (Fringe First-winning Scarborough, Red Dwarf and Still Open All Hours), Silk Road will open at the New Diorama in July 2014 followed by a run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
About: Tech Exile is a short indie science fiction film about a cave dwelling hermit, hiding from a technological metropolis, who is disturbed by a visitor from the city. This incident signals the beginning of a new order that he alone is prepared for. The film explores themes of wilful alienation and aversion to technological intrusion. The project aims to bring together individuals from different disciplines with varied experience, from recent film school graduates to seasoned professionals looking to break into the film industry.
About: The project is a rehearsed reading of a new musical, The Suicide Shop. The Suicide Shop is a musical adaptation of the French novel, 'Les Magasin Des Suicides' by Jean Teulé. The piece is a black comedy that centres around the Tuvaches: a family living in a near apocalyptic society who sell death inducing products to the depressed and suicidal population. However, their lives are turned upside down by their optimistic youngest son Alan, who has a rather different perspective on life.
About: The Wardrobe Ensemble are going to America in summer 2014 to start developing 2 new shows on a residency at the Berkshire Fringe Festival and at Jack in New York. One will be a Christmas show for the Bike Shed Theatre and the other is an entirely unknown entity. It might be based around a research and interview project on sex and intimacy in the 70s and now but it might also be about a fax machine that allows you to time travel 20 minutes into the past or future. Maybe it's about both. It will definitely involve live music, movement sequences and inventive, irreverent stagecraft.
About: We Want You To Watch is a radical show about the effects of violent pornography. It’s about its impact on consumers - those who seek it and those who don't. It's about how pornography invades relationships and families, about how it affects how we think, and alters the sex that we have. This show is about the ubiquity of hardcore pornography and how it sexualises the degradation and abuse of women’s bodies. It is furious because we are furious. Rash Dash will work with director, Ellen Mcdougall to develop this project over a two-week period.
About: Wonderkid is a fictional drama about a young professional footballer living away from home. The protagonist is struggling to come to terms with his sexuality and searching for acceptance, with the added pressure of hiding all of this in a homophobic environment. The film is designed as part of a UK-wide anti-homophobia campaign.
About: World Street Dance: The Roots is an innovative, new showcase performance that is part of an annual project, 'Pioneers: A History of Dance'. The project will showcase different cultural street dances from around the world. Ultimately, as well as entertaining, this show aims to re-educate audiences about the true essence of what ‘street dance’ really is; a dance born within different cultures where communities express themselves through that art form.
Yes. KSF will ask you to submit a report when your project is complete or at its next developmental stage as outlined in your application.
You will also be expected to contribute to online content about the project such as photographs from rehearsals, blogs or films etc.
KSF WILL allocate Grants of £500 - £2,500 to:
Individuals / groups (UK or US residents) at the start of their careers in the performing arts (drama, dance and music) or film who present projects which:
are innovative and exciting;
are feasible (in reference to the project budget outline, the Award amount applied for and any other funding already received for the project); and
will take place within a 6 – 12 month period from the deadline date.
The Kevin Spacey Foundation aims to train, support and mentor emerging artists in the performing arts and film.
Through the KSF Grants the foundation supports emerging talent in the performing arts (drama, dance and music) and film. By giving KSF Grants to new projects that are in the first stages of development, are near completion or are ready to be presented, KSF is enabling the practitioners of the future to realize exciting, innovative ideas.
The KSF Scholarships are designed to give anyone wanting to attain a Higher education in the arts the chance to attend university. The costs involved in studying after school are beyond many people’s means, leaving talented, determined individuals with very few options. The foundation partners with universities to give selected students financial support and offer exceptional learning experiences with leading industry professionals including Kevin Spacey.
Richard’s Rampage, the inaugural project from The Kevin Spacey Foundation, was a hugely ambitious creative learning initiative spanning eight countries and three continents connecting young people and emerging artists ON STAGE, IN SCHOOL and ONLINE. To find out more please visit www.richardsrampage.com
The foundation has new projects in development which will be featured on the website in due course.