Announcing BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellow 2015: Max Johns

Bristol Old Vic to host a BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellow in 2015

The BBC Performing Arts Fund announced today that it will be supporting the next generation of performing arts talent across the UK by awarding Fellowships to 32 individuals.

Bristol Old Vic has been chosen as one of the selected organisations to host a BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellow throughout 2015. Bristol Old Vic can today announce that its chosen fellow is Theatre Designer Max Johns.

Max lives in Bristol and is a set and costume designer who has worked in theatre, opera and film in both the UK and Germany. He graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2014 with an MA in Theatre Design. Prior to this, Max studied for a BA (Hons) in German and Drama at the University of Bristol. Max's recent theatre work in the UK includes productions at Bristol Old Vic as part of his training at the Theatre School, the Tobacco Factory and Redgrave Theatres (both Bristol) and the V&A Museum (London).

Emma Stenning, Executive Director at Bristol Old Vic, described programmes such as the BBC's PAF scheme as "vital adrenaline shots" for companies including Bristol Old Vic.

"It's not often we are in a position to provide such a long-term and comprehensive programme for an emerging theatre designer like Max, who has trained locally and demonstrates such obvious talent.

"Through the scheme, we can fully embed Max in the day-to-day workings of our theatre, benefiting from his output in the long term, while he serves as an inspiring role model for our many young/emerging associates in the short term," she said.


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From choreographers, producers and writers, to a circus performer, a poet, and a lighting designer, the Fellows are as varied in their disciplines as they are in their geographic locations, with two-thirds making work outside of the capital.

The Fund is a BBC Charity committed to developing new performing arts talent from across the UK. The charity is funded through revenue from the voting lines of BBC One entertainment programmes. Over £5 million in grants has already been awarded via the Fund in the past 12 years.

Miriam O'Keeffe, Director of the BBC Performing Arts Fund says:

"Thirty-two amazing talents from across the UK will benefit from a year of sustained support from wonderful arts organisations, enabling them to really build on their talent and reach their potential. The diversity of the Fellows, from opera to spoken word, theatre to dance, from Northern Ireland to Southampton, shows a real commitment by the BBC Performing Arts Fund to support the sector."

Birmingham Royal Ballet, Dancebase in Edinburgh, Manchester's Z-Arts and Prime Cut in Belfast are just some of the other selected arts organisations that will host a BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellow. The bespoke placements offer professional support, training and development opportunities in addition to the PAF grant of £10,000 per organisation, totalling £320,000 in grants.

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