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A fund in memory of much-loved director Jackie Fielding aims to help young people pursue a career in the performing arts by contributing to drama training fees.
Applications are now open for 2018.

Jackie Fielding
Who was Jackie Fielding?
Jackie was an accomplished actress and a critically-acclaimed director, she was also renown for her unwavering support, advocacy and development for emerging artists in the North East. Tragically, in 2015, Jackie died suddenly, during her acclaimed production The Man and the Donkey.

Why a Fund?
£4000 was accumulated via donations at her funeral and it was then that Jackie’s family and friends insisted the money went to support others to follow their talents and the Jackie Fielding Fund was created. In subsequent years, Jackie’s friends have produced fundraising shows and Fund has awarded a total of £2000 to students since it began.

Who is it for?
Jackie studied drama at Manchester University before attending the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Jackie was able to do this with the help of state funding, without which, her family, like many today, would not have had the means to pay for.  Jackie’s fund aims to contribute towards fees for training and continued development for actors, directors and musical theatre students.

A maximum award of £1000 is attributed annually in July. The closing date for applications is 15th of July 2018

·  Age 18 or over
·  Funding is paid direct to training provider for tuition fees only.
·  Available for full time courses and short courses
·  Applicants must be from an area no more than 40 miles from South Shields
·  Open to actors, musical theatre students and directors

·  Applicants to send the following: to
·  Name, D.O.B, Postcode, Course title, Course Provider. Plus, your career goals and how the course will support your development towards these goals. (Max 500 words)
·  Alternatively fill in the online form here:

Jackie’s Fund also aims to provide support, advice and guidance for prospective drama students. Navigating the audition process and feeling confident with your chosen pieces can be difficult and the Fund offers a full day of audition preparation twice a year, in March and October. A maximum of 25 performers per session can take part and more details will be available upon application.

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