Educational Grants – Testimonials
I am so grateful to Equity Charitable Trust for the generosity which enabled me to undertake an MA in Actor Training and Coaching at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama 2017-2018. Entering a conservatoire/university education in my late fifties was a superb and stimulating experience, both intellectually and pedagogically, enhancing my practical toolkit, teaching me to think and write with rigour and developing my confidence. As an actor who had coached students primarily on a one to one level, the idea of facilitating large groups in a professional environment seemed daunting to me last year. I have just finished my first professional job since graduation (directing MA students at a conservatoire) and am delighted to have been asked back, along with an offer to work with MA film students in London. I have, so far, been fortunate in being able to combine this with working as an actor, which is currently my aim.
As someone who didn’t go to university, receiving Distinction at Masters’ level is an achievement I am extremely proud of and I can’t thank ECT enough for their faith in me.
I am one of, probably, many extremely fortunate beneficiaries of the ECT, who are very kindly and generously supporting my retraining as a dramatherapist. The 3-year part time MA course at Roehampton University is one of the most reputable ones in the UK, but it is something I could never afford as an actor without the ECT’s support.
The course so far has challenged and pushed me on many levels of personal and professional development: I have been learning about the therapeutic process both in theory and very much in practice too, as well as the client-therapist relationship. The course is a powerful mix of academia and hands-on practice all the way through the 3 years. Besides providing me with an HCPC qualification and new vocational prospects, it also facilitates a journey to get to know yourself at levels you had never previously imagined possible. I will make every effort to repay the generosity and vital support currently received from the ECT.
The MA Dramatherapy training has changed my perspective from being a performer to using drama & ritual theatre form in remedial services. It has enabled me to live with compassion and understanding of myself which has prepared me to work alongside vulnerable clients. I am indebted to the Trust for their generous grant which without would have been impossible.
Emma D.Equity Charitable Trust played an invaluable part in helping me to afford to upgrade my skills and re-train as a transformational life coach. I cannot thank the Trust enough for their support, especially during the year of lockdown when things were so difficult anyway. Achieving my Diploma has been so empowering. It has given me access to a new career, and one that I can do alongside my acting if I so wish, or expand into a full-blown business should I choose. At the age of 58, this is an absolute blessing and I am now looking at the future with much more hope than I was before. Thank goodness that charities such as ECT exist, you have been a god-send!
My training has helped me to enhance my skills and reflect on my practice to coach and train actors. It has been rewarding, challenging and necessary. I have now the ability to operate at a professional level in my field. I am so grateful to have received this support at this time in my life. Thank you.
James K.I feel so fortunate to have the support of ECT which enabled me to make the jump into a new career, at a time where so many people are struggling to see the end of this horrendous ordeal. It has kept me sane to be able to focus on studying and gaining experience, so thank you once more. I wanted to let you know how much your support has meant to me over this rollercoaster of a year.
I’ve been working as a dancer on UK/Europe tours and West End for 12 years. In 2015 I made the decision to leave performing, one of the reasons was my son was due very soon and I wanted more time with him. This decision was also very scary as I was not trained in anything else. So I chose Personal Training. The cost of this course is very high. Equity Charitable Trust were just fantastic and they awarded me £1K to retrain. I am now a fully qualified Personal Trainer working at David Lloyd and without the Equity Charitable Trust this just would not have happened.
I can’t thank the Equity Charitable Trust enough for their generous grant to help me back in to education. After working in theatre for twenty plus years and becoming a Mum, I needed to top-up my theatre school diploma to a degree to enable me to teach in a drama school environment. I was thrilled to feel supported and encouraged by them and achieved a 2:1, something which I am very proud of at 50! Thank you for believing in me and helping me forge a new career. Not only did I get a degree but I thoroughly enjoyed studying again, researching plays, practitioners and critiquing plays and performances. These skills will be essential for teaching in the future.
It is difficult to ask for help but ECT made me feel so supported with their advice, kindness and generosity. In what can be a tough world I felt completely understood, accepted and HELPED! They enabled me to retrain in a new career, which changed my life, enabling me to help other people in a professional role using drama. I can’t praise them highly enough.
After fifteen years as an actor and movement director, I faced a stark decision after my children were born- lose a career I loved, or spend many months away from my children on tour or in regional theatre jobs. The ECT have offered me a life-line by funding my first step towards becoming a child counsellor with Place2be. This would have been impossible without their help, but now there is the promise of a career I enjoy, whilst also being at home for my girls. I can’t thank them enough.
Equity Charitable Trust generously contributed to the fees for my MA in Voice Studies at the Royal Central School Speech and Drama three years ago. This was a long sought-after re-training opportunity which as a forty-something, single, freelance artist would not have been possible without the Trust’s support.
Since graduating, I have been travelling the UK voice-coaching in four leading performance-training institutions and I am using my newly acquired knowledge and expertise to work with professional performers in the theatre, dance and film industries.
I have found a new vocation which has been, surprisingly, even more exciting and rewarding than my previous vocation as a performer. I have made inspiring new international friends and contacts. I have shifted some of my out-dated artistic opinions, unearthed some dormant grey-matter, caught up (almost) with the daunting world of technology, confronted some inner demons and proved that there is always room for professional and personal growth – whatever stage of life we think we are at.
I am exceptionally grateful for this superb opportunity the Trust has provided – an opportunity which has surpassed all expectations during and since my re-training.
The Trust’s commitment to helping you is really motivating. Even when things got tough on the course, and my enthusiasm was beginning to flag, I couldn’t bear the idea of giving up.
Carl CAnyone who has studied a postgrad-degree knows the difficulties surrounding financing it, there just is not any for some. Without the assistance of the Equity Charitable Trust, I literally would not have been able to graduate and consequently look at serious teaching roles. Your understanding, compassion, commitment, timing and support, were truly a god send. Honestly, you were the only organisation that assisted me due to my age/geographic and socio bracket. Thank you again, Equity Charitable Trust, I am forever grateful.