ICTheatre Manchester partners with Wayne McGregor CBE to launch Future Talent Scholarship

3 June, 2024

ICTheatre Manchester is delighted to announce that we have partnered with multi-award-winning choreographer and director, Wayne McGregor CBE, to launch a brand-new initiative for 2024 – The Wayne McGregor Future Talent Scholarship.

The Wayne McGregor Future Talent Scholarship aims to support aspiring artists from low-income households or under-represented groups within the creative industries. The scholarship will cover the full 3-year tuition fees for one exceptional candidate who demonstrates significant talent, creative potential, and a strong motivation to pursue a career in the arts.

Wayne McGregor expressed his enthusiasm for the initiative, stating,

“It’s our responsibility to champion the younger generation of artists and release opportunities for them to do really extraordinary things. I am delighted to be partnering with Northern Ballet School and ICTheatre Manchester to announce the Wayne McGregor Future Talent Scholarship. This is an exceptional opportunity for an outstanding individual to pursue a career in dance. Vocational schools are critically important in our dance ecology, not only because they train, nurture, and feed exceptional talent into dance companies across the world, but because they often light the fire for young people to create their own work and develop their own practice, whether that be dancing, teaching, administrating, producing, or advocating for and with dance. I look forward to witnessing the development of these emerging artists and am excited to see how they use this opportunity to hone and develop their individual voices through dance.”

The scholarship will support undergraduate degree study across our performing arts courses at ICTheatre Manchester.

Who can apply

You can apply for The Wayne McGregor Future Talent Scholarship if you:

  • are applying to study for an undergraduate degree at ICTheatre Manchester in the upcoming 2024/25 academic year, and
  • are a UK national with a home fee status, and
    • are from a low household income*, and/or
    • are from an under-represented group in higher education, which includes students who are;
      • from a global majority background
      • a care leaver, care experienced or estranged
      • a mature student
      • part of the LGBTQ+ community, or from a gender-diverse background
      • disabled

* Student Finance England (SFE) offers a full maintenance grant to students with a household income of £25,000 or less.

How to apply

You will first need to apply for an undergraduate degree course at ICTheatre Manchester starting in September 2024. Once you have applied and have your applicant ID, please complete the scholarship application form below.

Scholarship applications close on 28th June 2024. Scholarships will only be awarded to those who go on to accept an offer of a place at ICTheatre and complete the enrolment process.

Scholarship application form


What happens next

A panel will assess applications shortly after the scholarship application deadline. We will contact you regarding the outcome of your application shortly after the panel has met.

As this is a competitive process and as there are a limited number of scholarships available, we strongly recommend that all applicants follow the usual processes to secure the relevant student funding. Where appropriate, successful applicants will be able to amend/cancel their request for financial support from Student Finance England once their scholarship has been awarded.

Application to The Wayne McGregor Future Talent Scholarship does not exclude students from accessing university hardship funds or the Fair Access Fund.

About Wayne McGregor CBE

Wayne McGregor CBE is a multi-award-winning British choreographer and director, internationally renowned for trailblazing innovations in performance that have radically redefined dance in the modern era. McGregor’s multi-dimensional works resulting from interactions with an array of artistic forms, scientific disciplines, and technological interventions have ensured his position at the cutting edge of contemporary arts for almost 3 decades.  He is Artistic Director of Studio Wayne McGregor, encompassing creative collaborations in dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science; learning and research programmes; and a touring company of dancers Company Wayne McGregor, the first resident company at Sadler’s Wells which celebrated its 30-year anniversary in 2023.  McGregor is also Resident Choreographer at The Royal Ballet, Director of Dance for the Venice Biennale, Professor of Choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and is regularly commissioned by and has works in the repertories of the most important dance companies around the world including Paris Opera Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Bolshoi Ballet.   He is also in demand as a choreographer for theatre, opera, film, fashion and music videos. McGregor choreographed the highly anticipated ABBA Voyage concert which premiered in London in May 2022.   In 2011 McGregor was awarded a CBE for Services to Dance.


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