Omar Ahmed awarded a Laurence Olivier Bursary

ArtsEd is delighted to announce that third year Acting student Omar Ahmed (pictured, third from left) has been awarded a Laurence Oliver Bursary. Drama students from across the UK were awarded £77,500 worth of bursaries by the Society of London Theatre to help them complete their training. Drama school principals across the region can nominate two students, who then audition in front of a panel at a West End theatre and are interviewed by a panel of theatre industry professionals led by West End producer and Chair of the Laurence Olivier Bursaries Committee, Lee Menzies. This year’s auditions took place at St Martin’s Theatre.

Previous bursary winners include Ewan McGregor, Michaela Coel, Paterson Joseph and Denise Gough.

Director of the School of Acting, Gareth Farr says: 'We are extremely proud and thrilled that Omar has received this award. He is a very worthy recipient who has shown dedication and determination from his very first day at ArstEd. It is fantastic to see his talent and hard work recognised by an esteemed panel of industry professionals.'

Omar's first role this term is Sam in The Suicide, written by Suhayla El-Bushra and directed by Alex Thorpe.

The Suicide opens in the Studio Theatre on 28 November – book tickets here.