Archive for June, 2017

Cashauna Holland Wins Lilian Baylis Award

Posted on: June 19th, 2017 by artsAdmin

ArtsEd is delighted to announce that second-year Acting student Cashauna Holland was presented with a Lilian Baylis Award at a recent ceremony at the Old Vic.

Cashauna was equally thrilled: “It was such an honour to hear that I was receiving the award and then to be at the ceremony was nothing short of a dream.”

The awards were presented by renowned actor David Suchet CBE, pictured, who offered the winners advice and encouragement.

Congratulations Cashauna!

The Lilian Baylis Awards, celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, are granted to students from each of the eleven accredited London Drama Schools, to help them complete their training by reducing financial stress. Nominated by their drama schools, students have to fulfil three criteria: show promise, with the potential to make a significant contribution to the development of theatre; experience hardship, with their course completion in jeopardy without additional finance and should have completed two years of a three-year course, or one year of a two-year course.

The awards are dedicated to the memory of Lilian Baylis (1874-1937) who ran The Old Vic Theatre from 1912 until her death. She was committed to ensuring that The Old Vic productions were of the highest quality and that the doors were open to many who could not afford the more established theatres. She was an important figure in developing major venues: The Old Vic National Theatre; Sadler’s Wells Opera, which became the English National Opera; Sadler’s Wells Ballet, which became Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Royal Ballet School.

Click here for more information about the Lilian Baylis Awards.

Izuka Hoyle Wins Sondheim Competition

Posted on: June 12th, 2017 by artsAdmin

Izuka Hoyle (above, with Julia McKenzie), who graduates from ArtsEd this summer, has won the prestigious Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year. The SSSSPOTY prize – a silver salver and a cheque for £1,000 – is awarded to the student who, in the opinion of the judges, gives the best performance of their two songs.

Izuka performed ‘Last Midnight’ from Sondheim’s Into the Woods and ‘The Matchmaker', a new song by Claire McKenzie and Scott Gilmour, at the Noel Coward Theatre on Sunday 11 June. Izuka has been rehearsing for the competition alongside appearing in Working at Southwark Playhouse.

The winners were selected by a panel of judges including Rachel Kavanaugh, Simon Lee, Alex Young and Janie Dee chaired by Edward Seckerson, with Julia McKenzie presenting the prizes.

Fellow third-year student Shaq Taylor was named runner-up for his performances of 'Epiphany' from Sondheim's Sweeny Todd and new song ‘Apology to a Child’ by Tom Slade. Shaq took part in the competition just the day before he makes his West End debut in Les Miserables.

“We say every year that the standard gets better and better but this year we saw a real change in the talent on offer. How the judges could choose from such a talented group is beyond me. All three students recognised in the top three were outstanding and are undoubtedly destined for stardom.”
Craig Glenday, Chairman, Stephen Sondheim Society

This year’s competition was directed by ArtsEd’s Deputy Principal Chris Hocking. He was delighted with the result: “The dedication and commitment from all the students is inspiring and the pride that they have in representing their drama school is so great to be a part of.”

The 12 student competitors represented drama schools from across the country including RADA, LAMDA, Royal Welsh College of Music, GSA, Mountview, Italia Conti, Oxford School of Drama and the London College of Music.

We look forward to seeing where all our other talented 2017 students fly off to once they graduate.

Good luck everyone!

Photo credit: David Ovenden