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.
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.