ITV to sponsor director training scheme
The broadcaster takes over from Channel 4, which has run the scheme since 1999. It will now be known as the ITV Theatre Director Scheme.
The scheme was set up in 1960 by Howard Thomas, then the managing director of ABC Television. Supported by the David Fraser Award, the scheme also helps to forge links for those who wish to ‘cross over’ and transfer their skills to television.
ITV executive chairman Michael Grade said: "ITV has a long and proud history in drama and supporting this scheme is an exciting and worthwhile way to uphold that tradition. As a company we strive to nurture talent across the board and this is an excellent opportunity for us to do just that outside of our core business."
This year's scheme has already awarded bursaries to Joe Douglas at the National Theatre of Scotland, Kathryn Ind at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Chris Hayden, who about to train at Salisbury Playhouse.
The bursaries have been provided by the Mackintosh Foundation, ITV plc and the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation. Each recipient will receive a bursary of £12,000 to fund a year long placement at the regional theatres.