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 realise 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.
From 2013, the Kevin Spacey Foundation will be working in partnership with the London School of Performance, Media and Film at Regent’s University London to offer six KSF Scholarships to the most talented applicants for the BA (Hons) Acting & Global Theatre.
The BA (Hons) Acting & Global Theatre course reflects the Kevin Spacey Foundation’s commitment to recognising the ‘Global Community’ and to placing itself at the forefront of a ‘world without boundaries’. The course combines the professional rigour and discipline of vocational actor training with a challenging study of theatre cultures of the world.
The Kevin Spacey Foundation team will support Regent’s University London in the KSF Scholarships audition process, seeing applicants in both the UK and the USA. In addition, Acting & Global Theatre course students will experience master classes with Kevin Spacey twice a year.
The KSF Scholarship will cover the full cost of the tuition fee for the three-year BA (Hons) Acting & Global Theatre. Applicants in need of further financial support to cover subsistence and travel should state this on the KSF Scholarship application form.
You will be eligible for consideration for the KSF Scholarship if you have received a conditional or unconditional offer for the BA (Hons) Acting & Global Theatre from Regent’s University, including having successfully passed a London School of Film Media and Performance acting audition.
Please contact Regent’s University by email KSF@regents.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 203 075 6155 for further information.
Complete the application and audition process for the BA (Hons) Acting & Global Theatre.
Register your interest by emailing Regent’s University: KSF@regents.ac.uk. You will be sent an application form which will ask you to submit a 1000-word statement stating why you should be considered for the award. Applications for the scholarship will need to be submitted on or before the deadline of 31 May 2014. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Please note that you can submit your scholarship application before receiving an offer from Regent’s but only those who have received a conditional or unconditional offer and successfully passed their LSFMP audition will be considered for shortlisting.
Applications will be shortlisted and successful applicants will be taken through to KSF Scholarship audition stage. Please note that applicants who are not shortlisted at this stage will still have their conditional or unconditional offer to study BA (Hons) Acting & Global Theatre.
Successful shortlisted applicants will be invited for a further audition which will be held in early to mid-July. Applicants will be sent an audition pack and will have at least three weeks to prepare. The audition panel will consist of representatives from KSF and Regent’s University. Please note that travel and other expenses will not be covered.
Successful applicants will be awarded the scholarship pending on meeting the criteria of their offer. Applicants will need to accept the offer of the scholarship in writing. Please note that applicants who are not shortlisted at this stage will still have their conditional or unconditional offer to study BA (Hons) Acting & Global Theatre. Depending on financial need, you may be considered for another scholarship – further details can be found here.
Applications for the KSF Scholarship will not be considered after the closing date of 31 May 2014.
Please note: Any KSF Scholarship applications made directly to the Kevin Spacey Foundation will not be considered – all applications and queries should be directed to Regent’s University.
This page aims to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the
Kevin Spacey Foundation (KSF) Scholarships. If you cannot find an answer to your
question here please email KSF@regents.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 203 075 6155.
You will be eligible for consideration for the KSF Scholarship if you have received a conditional or unconditional offer for the BA (Hons) Acting & Global Theatre, including having successfully passed an LSFMP acting audition.
Once you have registered your interest by emailing KSF@regents.ac.uk you will be sent an application form which will ask you to submit a 1000-word statement stating why you should be considered for the award. Applications for the scholarship will need to be submitted on or before the deadline of 31 May 2014
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.)
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:
The Kevin Spacey Foundation aims to train, support and mentor emerging artists in the performing arts and film.
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.
Richard’s Rampage was linked to The Bridge Project, an unprecedented series of world-class theatre productions resulting from a unique partnership between The Old Vic, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and Neal Street Productions.
The Bridge Project 2011 cast Kevin Spacey in the lead role of Richard III, directed by Sam Mendes. The production placed the exchange of ideas, talent and creativity at the heart of the process.
Richard’s Rampage was the counterpart to that production, offering 632 students and 162 emerging artists a unique opportunity to connect with this world-class production, entirely funded and managed by The Kevin Spacey Foundation.
To find out more please visit www.richardsrampage.com
KSF: America uses the tools and practitioners of theatre and film to send the elevator back down to the next generation of emerging artists.
KSF Scholarships at Regent’s University London are available to US residents – full information can be found on the Scholarships pages.
KSF Grants are available to US residents – full information can be found on the Grants pages.
Help us to keep sending the elevator back down in the US and around the world by giving to KSF: America.
You can make a tax-deductible donation to KSF: America via PayPal using the following link:
If you would like to make a donation by check, please make it to: KSF: America and mail it to: 200 Park Avenue South, 8th Floor New York, NY 10003