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Michael Grandage Company Futures bursaries announced

The third year of the bursaries see a host of emerging talent supported

NG Choon Ping, Vikki Stone and Abi Zakarian

The recipients of this year's MGCfutures bursaries have been announced.

The bursary was set up by Michael Grandage three years ago in order to recognise work made over a variety of different disciplines including directing, writing, producing, designing, composing, choreography and performance makers. It is designed to help the next generation of theatre makers.

This year's recipients are NG Choon Ping (director), Maria Crocker (director), Amy Draper (director), Afsaneh Gray (writer), Sue Healy (writer), Tom Hughes (director), Quang Kien Van (choreographer), Rachel Mars (theatre-maker), Kay Michael (theatre-maker), David Ridley for Bucket Club (composer), Vikki Stone (composer) Hannah Sullivan (theatre-Maker), Hannah Tookey (producer), Tom Wentworth (writer) and Abi Zakarian (writer).

This year the programme has partnered with the Gate Theatre in order to offer a £2500 bursary for a BAME designer to work as design assistant on a show in the Gate's new season. Sandra False will work full time on the show and will receive mentoring and support from the Gate's associate director, Anthony Simpson-Pike and its associate artist Rosie Elnile.

Artistic director Grandage said: "MGCfutures is at the core of everything we do as a company – as a director who has been fortunate to forge a career over many years, I feel it essential to support and help bring forward the theatre makers of tomorrow. It's heartening to see the bursaries grow each year, and we're beginning to see their impact in the careers of previous recipients."

The bursaries offer both financial and ongoing mentoring support from the MGCfutures team.