Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Our new patron and our new scholarships!

Read Dance and Theatre College - the UK's leading independent vocational school for foundation training in the performing arts - is delighted to announce the appointment of our newest patron, Bobby Cronin.

Bobby Cronin is an award-winning composer/writer based in NYC. His pop/rock musical WELCOME TO MY LIFE (W2ML) with co-book writer Alicia Dempster is under a Broadway option. He and book writer Allen Mogol were recently awarded The Alec Baldwin Fellowship in NYC for their musical 'TIL DEATH DO US PART. He is the first American commissioned to pen an original musical called THE CONCRETE JUNGLE for London's esteemed Arts Ed School (Andrew Lloyd Webber, President), which also just received an International Cast Studio Recording produced by Burlington Productions and Nick Lloyd Webber & James D. Reid (book by Bobby Cronin & Crystal Skillman, music & lyrics by Bobby Cronin). 

DAYBREAK (add'l material by Brett Teresa; 2011 New Jersey Playwrights Contest winner) premiered in NJ & London's Tristan Bates Theatre, June 2012. Music and songs for the web series THANK YOU, NEXT (LAWebFest Award, Best Original Song). Other: Lincoln Center Songbook Series, Joe's Pub, Birdland, Symphony Space, London's The Players Theatre, more. "Reach The Sky: Live at The Beechman" on iTunes. Yale graduate, Member of ASCAP, Dramatists Guild. Educator at CAP21/NYU, with workshops taught around the world including: Read College, The Royal Academy of Music London, Arts Ed, MTA, and more. He is currently developing two new musicals: MARY & MAX and SUNSET CITY. Visit www.bobbycronin.com

In other news, we are thrilled to say that, for 2013, we have joined the prestigious scholarship scheme run by leading industry publication, The Stage.  We will have two scholarships available worth £7,050 each for students applying to our foundation courses this year - one for our Acting course and one for Musical Theatre.  The scholarships will run alongside our existing bursary funding scheme, which is created by running charity events and concerts throughout the year, plus having people on the staff who are mad enough to run long distances for sponsorship!

Full details of the courses at Read, how to apply, and how we have succeeded year on year to get our alumni into some of the top dance and drama colleges in the UK can be found at www.rdtc.org.uk 

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