The Bruce Millar Drama Award

Bruce Millar was, at the time of his death at the age of 38, a Director in Light Entertainment for the BBC in London. He did not receive formal training at Drama School, but learned ‘on the job’ in a variety of organisations before finding his niche in Television, where he moved through Drama to his eventual employment in Light Entertainment, the area which he found to be the most challenging.

The Bruce Millar Drama Award exists to support a promising graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in taking the next steps to realise a creative project, achieve industry experience or participate in further training. The Trust sets out its requirement for this Award as follows:

  • The Bruce Millar Drama Award for the purpose of awarding prizes, scholarships, bursaries, grants or other appropriate payments to assist promising candidates undertaking careers in television broadcasting, the theatre or other media presenting drama as directors, producers or stage managers or equivalent appointments to extend their training and experience by way of further study in academies or colleges providing appropriate courses and/or attachment to television broadcasting corporations and/or companies creating drama material for them, and theatre companies or other institutions presenting drama in all media, which in each case offer appropriate opportunities to candidates.
  • The Trustees will make awards to candidates who have been selected from graduates, diplomates or final year degree or diploma students from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama on the advice of the Director or Dean of the school for the time being.
  • This Award is open to all Royal Conservatoire of Scotland School of Drama, Dance, Production and Screen final year Undergraduate students and recent Postgraduate students (graduated within the last three years). Previously unsuccessful candidates are welcome to reapply. The Award is open to all disciplines in the School.
  • The winner of the Award of £10000 will be selected by a panel appointed by the Trustees.

Suitably qualified applicants will be assessed by interview following their submission of a written plan detailing either a specific creative project or a plan for further professional development and the means by which this project or plan would be facilitated by receipt of the Award. Interviews may be conducted by Skype or conference call if candidates are unable to attend the interview in person.

The written submission should have a maximum of 1000 words and should be supported by images or other forms of documentation relevant to the proposal. Supporting documents do not count in the 1000 word maximum. Supporting documents should include a budget detailing income as well as expenditure and any applications for additional funding together with two references, one of which should be written by a creative industry professional.

The award is intended to support emerging artists who show the potential to make a significant contribution to the UK creative industries. Overseas graduates are welcome to apply but they must be able to articulate their long term commitment to working in or interacting with the UK industry.

Again there were many high quality applications submitted for scrutiny.  There were 17 applicants.   Six were interviewed by the Panel and two winners selected.  They were:

Victoria Chena graduate of the BA Acting Programme, £5000 to help fund a TV series consisting of eight 20-minute episodes touching on the everyday racism and sexism that East Asian women face in the UK. This project will eventually be pitched to larger TV production companies in UK and USA. The Bruce Millar Drama Award will help fund the costs of completing the first 3 episodes of this TV series, including travel, accommodation, project insurance, personnel, and covering post-productions costs.

Rebecca Dunn,

a MA Classical and Contemporary Text student, £5000 to help fund her project ‘The Edge of You’, in order to take it to Scottish theatres and next year’s Fringe. ‘The Edge of You’ was a piece written and directed for this year’s On The Verge Festival at The Citizen’s Theatre, where it was well received with consistent suggestions that it should be developed further.