Graduate Profile: Luke Norris

Luke Norris trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama on the BA Acting course and was the recipient of the annual Alan Bates Bursary 2008. He talks to TDS about this important award.


The Alan Bates Bursary 2009

Sir Alan Bates was the Patron of the Actors Centre from 1994 until his death in 2004. He cared passionately about the craft of acting and about the cause of young actors entering the profession. The Alan Bates Bursary was endowed to commemorate his inspirational work on behalf of the Actors Centre and will be awarded annually to an actor of exceptional talent.

The recipient will be selected from audition and interview by a panel of judges which will be chaired by Matthew Lloyd, Artistic Director of the Actors Centre. Previous judges have included Richard Wilson, Alex Jennings, Frances de la Tour, Frances Barber and Janet Suzman.

The Bursary is open to any actor under the age of thirty, graduating in 2009 from an NCDT accredited BA Acting course or an NCDT accredited 2 year diploma in Acting.

The Bursary is worth £2000 and comprises:

  • Membership of the Actors Centre for 1 year
  • Sponsored priority participation in workshops from the Actors Centre programme to the value of £1,000.
  • Spotlight and Casting Call Pro subscription
  • Subsidies to cover headshots, showreels, and voice demos
  • Expert mentoring and networking opportunities in the first steps of an acting career.

For more information about the Actors Centre please visit our website

When and how did you decide to apply for The Alan Bates Bursary?
We received a circular e-mail at drama school, which was the first I knew of the bursary. I, like most of my year, thought it would be too good an opportunity to miss so applied straight away.

Read the full published article in issue 2 of The Drama Student Magazine.

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