Scholarships and funding

The Actors’ Institute is proud to be able to offer full scholarships to students who would not be able access our Part-time Actor Training Programme without financial support. 


Thanks to funding from the John Lewis Community Fund, in 2022 we are able award up to six scholarships to those aged 18-25, who live in the following areas:


Swindon, Faringdon, Marlborough, Pewsey, Devizes, Calne, Melksham, Malmesbury, Corsham and Chippenham.


We assign scholarships to those who need financial assistance most by means testing, based on household income, and extenuating circumstances. We welcome applications from those who have been financially impacted by COVID-19.


Our scholarships can be applied for after receiving an offer of a place on our training programme, but please feel free to seek our advice about funding before applying by emailing office@actorsinstitute.co.uk.

“When I was growing up in Swindon, I came through the traditional drama route, which is great, but the training at the Shoebox Theatre gives young actors alternative ways of developing skills, which is really, really exciting!” 

Billie Piper

Patron of the Shoebox Theatre

Apply now for 2022

For our course starting September 2022, we are holding our auditions digitally rather than face-to-face.


To apply for an audition, please complete and submit our application form and we will then send you an email confirming the next steps.

Auditions are held  throughout the year. Our next round of auditions are in June 2022. Please submit your application form before 5pm, Sunday 12th of June to apply. 

We are a 'zero audition fee school' so there are no fees to audition for this training programme.