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2016 Michael Northen Bursary Scheme Launches

The ALD is excited to announce the launch of the Michael Northen Bursary for 2016. This years competition is being brought forward in the year, with the awards presentation taking place at the ABTT Theatre Show, in London on the 23rd June 2016.

The Michael Northen Bursary is awarded annually to a student or recent graduate who has studied on a course based in the UK and demonstrated strong, imaginative and creative lighting design, and also, through our newest bursary, recognises excellence within the world of video design. We are now accepting submissions for this year’s competition. The award is made by the ALD in conjunction with the Mousetrap Foundation, Electronic Theatre Controls and Stage Jobs Pro. 

The Michael Northen Bursary competition is open to all students (not just those on vocational theatre courses, or who are already ALD members) and to those who have recently graduated in 2015. Taking part in the Michael Northen Bursary will bring you and your work directly to the attention of the experienced lighting designers, fellow creatives and other industry professionals on the judging panel. 

Winning the Michael Northen Bursary also provides a great public showcase for your work. Your work will be seen by a wide range of industry professionals including members of the ALD and those attending the ABTT Theatre Show, and bursary winners will also be featured in Focus. Recognition through this award will give you real help as you start your professional career! 

Submissions must be received by Monday 1st June 2016 and the full submission criteria, further details on how to submit, and further details on our more recent video category can be accessed at 

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