Funding Opportunity

The Windrush Scholarship

Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company are delighted to announce the launch of a new scholarship for 2021 - The Windrush Scholarship, which will be awarded to an Essex-based student from the Afro-Caribbean and African Diaspora studying on the BA (Hons) Acting accelerated degree.

This new scholarship has been created in collaboration with Fourth Monkey’s Co-Founder and Director of Training, Charleen Qwaye, and Fourth Monkey Patron Danielle Kassaraté, both of whom are Essex-born actors and performers as well as passionate advocates for greater representation and visibility within the arts for Afro-Caribbean and African voices.

Part of Fourth Monkey’s ongoing commitment to positively increasing accessibility and inclusivity within drama school training and the arts in general, the Windrush Scholarship has been inspired by the journey made by the MV Empire Windrush from the Caribbean to land in Tilbury Docks in Essex in June 1948, and the importance of this event within Black British history. As a drama school, Fourth Monkey are keen to celebrate these unique voices and their place in our collective history and future - in short, ensuring that they are Black, Essex and heard!

As a drama school, Fourth Monkey are proud to be able to offer financial aid in the form of scholarships for those students who would otherwise not be able to access their training. The new Windrush Scholarship will be awarded to a student joining Fourth Monkey’s September 2021 intake on the BA (Hons) Acting accelerated degree, following a successful audition and formal training offer.