2012 Awardee: Roz McAndrew

Receiving the Dewar Award has had a significant impact on my life. Without your support I would not have been able to accept my place at one of the UK's top Drama Schools. I can't put into words how grateful I am. Thank you!

Biography

A talented actress, Roz is a determined individual who takes on life’s challenges and remains positive and motivated.  Whilst living in a socially deprived area of Musselburgh, Edinburgh, she took on two part-time jobs to support her family and her education.

Roz studied an HND in Acting and Performance at Edinburgh’s Telford College.  She proved herself to be adept in comedic acting as well as more serious roles.  She played the antagonist in ‘Split//Second‘; a forum theatre production with Creative Electric, which explored the impacts of knife crime on young people and toured secondary schools around Edinburgh.

Roz also took on the role of Chairperson of the Creative Electric Youth Board.  This involved a high level of responsibility with duties such as managing the youth company, leading meetings and fundraising for the organisation.

After completing her HND and gaining an A grade, Roz secured a place at the highly competitive Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London.  Her drive and determination is matched by her talent and interpersonal skills, and as such she demonstrates excellent potential for her future career.

How the Award Helped

Roz received an award to support her on her three-year degree course at Italia Conti.

Receiving the Dewar Award has had a significant impact on my life. Without your support I would not have been able to accept my place at one of the UK's top Drama Schools. I can't put into words how grateful I am. Thank you!

2011 Awardee: Philip Todd

Please accept my heartfelt thanks to the trustees …for this generous award and the opportunity it provides for my further development.

Biography

Born in Fife and brought up in Caithness, Philip graduated from RSAMD with a degree in digital film and television and the Paul Kelly Memorial Award. Philip possesses a wide range of talents and skills and is ‘something of a Renaissance man’ according to one of his former tutors, in that he sings, plays a musical instrument, dances, acts, aspires to direct films and speaks Gaelic.

While a student film-maker at RSAMD he was able to take part in drama workshops led by many well-known actors and directors, including Sir Richard Attenborough and James McAvoy.

As part of his degree Philip worked with actors on many film scenes as well as directing scenes in workshop. As a student film maker he has studied acting for screen techniques and while at RSAMD, wrote, directed and appeared in a number of personally-initiated projects, some of which were in the Gaelic language. Philip’s ultimate ambition is to combine acting for screen with film directing. He was accepted by Central School of Speech and Drama, London to study acting for screen.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award helped fund Philip through an MA in Acting for Screen at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London.

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Please accept my heartfelt thanks to the trustees …for this generous award and the opportunity it provides for my further development.

2011 Awardee: Natalie Ibu

[While in New York] I will take every opportunity to fully immerse myself in the sector including seeing work, attending classes, talks and seminars, meeting artists and exploring opportunities for future professional engagement.

Biography

Edinburgh born and raised, Natalie graduated from De Montfort University in 2004 with a first-class degree in theatre with arts management. From there she went on to New Perspectives as a trainee director for a year, supported by an Arts Council, East Midlands bursary. After a spell at Contact Theatre, Manchester, Natalie went on to win a Resident Traineeship at the Royal Court Theatre against considerable competition (which is the most sought-after traineeship in the UK), supported by an ITV Directors Scheme bursary. Later she did directors’ traineeships the Old Vic and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Since graduation, Natalie has worked as Assistant Director with such diverse theatre companies as (amongst others): New Perspectives Theatre, Citizen’s Theatre and the Royal Court, and later, as Director with Old Vic New Voices/Waterloo East, Young Vic, Traverse, Royal Lyceum (Youth Theatre), Jersey Arts Centre and Vineyard Theatre, NYC. In 2010/11 she was the inaugural Associate Director (Warehouse) for HighTide.

Currently Natalie is Artistic Director of her own company We Were Here, a creative ensemble for emerging practitioners seeking to develop their craft through experimentation and exploration.

Natalie was offered a 3-month artist residency by the prestigious New York Theatre Workshop. She writes of this opportunity: “I will join their Emerging Artist of Colour Fellowship Programme [which] will allow me access to resources, professional development opportunities and mentorship. Being based in New York … will provide me with a currency to make relationships with other venues and practitioners.”

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Awards will help finance this exciting opportunity for Natalie.

[While in New York] I will take every opportunity to fully immerse myself in the sector including seeing work, attending classes, talks and seminars, meeting artists and exploring opportunities for future professional engagement.

2011 Awardee: Roslyn Paterson

Biography

Gourock-born Roslyn has been interested in acting since her school-days when she impressed with her natural talent. For five years, she was an active member of the Inverclyde Youth Theatre (Kayos Theatre Company), where she was cast in many leading roles to great acclaim.

While a pupil at James Watt College in Greenock Roslyn achieved an A grade in Acting and Performance and subsequently won a place at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in London part-funded by a Dance and Drama Award. She is studying for both a BA in Acting and a Diploma in Professional Acting at Trinity College, London. Roslyn is considered to be a huge talent not just in acting, but also in dance and singing.

Roslyn is entering the final year of her studies at ALRA.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award will help towards the additional costs of the final year of study.

2011 Awardee: Yusuf Javed

I will happily accept the kind offer made by the board of the Dewar Arts Award. The money offered will be of great use to me.

Biography

Glasgow-born Yusuf is a graduate of the competitive GMAC Creative Apprenticeship programme. Although the youngest of the group by a number of years, Yusuf excelled on the programme, demonstrating real talent and focus beyond his years. His final scripts were singled out by the Head Commissioner of BBC Scotland as a real talent to watch.

For as long as he can remember, Yusuf has loved the cinema and enjoyed telling stories. His ambition is to find new and interesting ways to tell great stories, following in the footsteps of some of his cinematic heroes, Christopher Nolan, Edgar Wright and Alfred Hitchcock. As a British Asian, Yusuf wants to bring both his Scottishness and his background as an ethnic minority to his creative work, to introduce a distinctive and refreshing new voice to the industry.

According to one of his tutors, his strength lies in his quirky characterisations and subtle humour which lend warmth to his writing. On completion of his GMAC apprenticeship it was recommended that he pursue academic study as his next stage in development. Yusuf won a place to study scriptwriting for film at Bournemouth University.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award will enable Yusuf to take up this place and pursue his ambitions.

I will happily accept the kind offer made by the board of the Dewar Arts Award. The money offered will be of great use to me.

2010 Awardee: Deborah Hannan

I am overwhelmed by the award and the opportunities and possibilities it presents me with. I cannot overstate my gratitude to the panel, nor the degree to which this award profoundly and richly alters my life.

Biography

Born and brought up in Edinburgh, Deborah graduated in 2009 from Edinburgh University with a first-class degree in English Literature. While still an undergraduate she was actively involved in making theatre, primarily with the unfunded Edinburgh University group Theatre Paradok. Her ambition is to establish herself in Scotland as a theatre director.

After graduation, Deborah joined a two-year programme with the Traverse Young Writers’ Group where she wrote several short scripts and had a piece workshopped as part of their ‘First Bite’ script development. She is considered to be both an exceptionally talented and intelligent dramatist emerging onto the Scottish theatre scene. Her work is seen to be distinctive, with a strong commitment to experiment and risk-taking.

Deborah received an award from the Edinburgh University Department of English Literature to create a large site-specific version of the Grimm’s Fairy Tales in Edinburgh’s McEwan Hall. The panel included Ben Harrison and Douglas Maxwell of Grid Iron. She has had a long-term connection with the circus troupe Te Roaka.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award assists Deborah to study for an MA in Directing at RSAMD, Glasgow.

Since the Award

Deborah graduated with an MA in Directing with a well-deserved distinction. Deborah describes her year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly ‘RSAMD’) as ‘long and fruitful’ which took her from having an ambition to be a director to becoming one. She is considered to be an intelligent, creative and original director who has a bright future ahead of her.

I am overwhelmed by the award and the opportunities and possibilities it presents me with. I cannot overstate my gratitude to the panel, nor the degree to which this award profoundly and richly alters my life.

2009 Awardee: Alan McKendrick

Thanks very much, I’m delighted… and am already looking forward to being able to embark on my project with support from the Award.

Biography

Freelance stage writer/director/translator Alan McKendrick, from Glasgow, already has a number of stage successes under his belt. His most recent stage work as writer/director includes The James Dean Death Scene, Finished With Engines and The Bad Drive Well. In 2006 he was winner of the Arches Award for stage directors (for The James Dean Death Scene) and the following year reached the final shortlist for the prestigious Meyer-Whitworth Award for the UK-wide best play by a new writer (for Finished With Engines).

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award helped Alan to spend a period of time on a creative attachment with the renowned Schaubuehne Theater, Berlin.

Since the Award

Having spent a period of time in Berlin, Alan writes that his “original intention was to…consolidate upon my already-extant skills as a playwright, director and translator. I believe that …this was ultimately achieved on a personal level.” The fruit of this time in Berlin began to appear some months after his return to Scotland, which includes the possibility of his own work being translated into German and him working with a German director on a German-English stage translation.

Thanks very much, I’m delighted… and am already looking forward to being able to embark on my project with support from the Award.

2009 Awardee: Danielle Heron

Without your support, my dream of training at LAMDA and ultimately, making the first steps in becoming an actress that Scotland is proud of may not have been possible and for that reason I cannot thank you enough.

Biography

Paisley-born actress Danielle has toured all over Scotland with PACE Youth Theatre Company and performed at Glasgow’s SEC to thousands of primary school children. Former members of PACE include film actor James McAvoy and singer Paolo Nutini.

Dani was a member of PACE Theatre Company for over ten years and impressed as an enthusiastic, talented, diligent and determined young woman. Dani was a key figure in Renfrewshire’s ‘Take a Drink’ project, which aimed to educate secondary school pupils about the dangers of alcohol abuse. She was able to portray a believable and realistic character which won over a largely sceptical audience of young people.

Dani went on to take part in Strathclyde Police’s ‘Choices for Life’ project in 2008, aimed at young people to encourage them to make the right choices for their future. Once again, her believable and passionate performance hit the right note.

Dani’s aim is to become an actress Scotland can be proud of and has been accepted onto the degree course at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award will help towards Dani’s first year costs. After a successful first year, Dani’s funding has been continued into a second year.  Following a successful second year, her funding has been continued into a third and final year.

Without your support, my dream of training at LAMDA and ultimately, making the first steps in becoming an actress that Scotland is proud of may not have been possible and for that reason I cannot thank you enough.

2009 Awardee: Edward McGurn

The utmost gratitude is extended to all involved in the award-making process.

Biography

Glasgow-born Edward McGurn started his acting training at Coatbridge College where he was awarded the Ian Bannen Memorial prize for outstanding performance in his final showcase.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award will helps towards the fees and living expenses for the year.

The utmost gratitude is extended to all involved in the award-making process.

2009 Awardee: Joseph Young

This award will help so much in my final year of study at GSA, I will be forever grateful.

Biography

From Alloa, Joseph Young is a student on the degree course in acting at the Guildford School of Acting. He describes himself as a ‘driven and hungry individual’.

At the end of his second year, he won the Director’s Award and represented GSA in Stratford-upon-Avon in an all-schools workshop with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Joseph’s ultimate ambition is to work with the RSC and in film. Joseph appeared in a new play staged at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival. He has been put forward to take part in the prestigious BBC Carlton Hobbes competition.

At the start of his third year at GSA, Joseph put on his own production of “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me” by Frank McGuinness and was part of the GSA of “The Shakespeare Review” which went on tour at the end of 2008.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award helps toward the costs of Joseph’s final year at GSA.

Since the Award

Joseph graduated successfully in 2009 from Guildford School of Acting. Whilst still at GSA and with a group of fellow students, Joseph put on a production of Jonathon Lewis’s Our Boys in the Tabard Theatre, Chiswick. The play was extremely well received and led to Joseph being signed to an agent. He now works under the name Joseph Creeth.

This award will help so much in my final year of study at GSA, I will be forever grateful.