Fourth Monkey is proud to benefit from the patronage of seven patrons. They represent theatre professionals who work across acting, directing and dramaturgy, onstage, in film and beyond.
We are delighted that six of these valued patrons each support a named scholarship, signifying support for one in six students entering the BA (Hons) Acting course and are currently financed by Fourth Monkey. All scholarships are based on audition outcomes, personal circumstances and financial need and are means tested accordingly, to ensure the financial award is given to those who would otherwise be unable to train as an actor.
These scholarships are in addition to the already established Emrys Johns Scholarship, awarded to a student from a rural part of the UK who demonstrates exceptional talent, commitment and investment in the ensemble, as wells as the Ronnie Collash Scholarship, in honour of the late Ronnie Collash, granted to a multi-talented student who embodies his joyful outlook on life.
Fourth Monkey are delighted to announce that we have welcomed several new Patrons into our collaborative community of staff, students and supporters for Summer 2020. Actor Danielle Kassaraté and designer, wardrobe supervisor, wigs mistress & make-up artist Sophia Kahn.
‘I am beyond thrilled and honoured to be a patron for Fourth Monkey. …Nurturing and encouraging the arts is something I am extremely passionate about, and I am excited to work with and be inspired by working with everyone.’
Danielle Kassaraté is an Essex-born actor, who trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Her acting credits include roles in a wide variety of productions, from A Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time at the Gielgud Theatre, to Macbeth at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, and from The Color Purple at Birmingham Hippodrome & Leicester Curve to Guys and Dolls at The Royal Exchange Theatre and Little Shop of Horrors at Theatre Clwyd.
Prior to and alongside her work as an actor, Danielle is also a workshop facilitator, and has taken part in workshops across the UK, including at the Hull Truck Theatre, Sheffield Theatres and the National Theatre Studios in London.
THE WINDRUSH SCHOLARSHIP WILL BE AWARDED TO AN ESSEX-BASED STUDENT FROM THE AFRO-CARIBBEAN AND AFRICAN DIASPORA
‘I love Fourth Monkey because there is a sense of punk and rock n’ roll about the place. It feels fresh, passionate and up for it. Not everyone looks the same or sounds the same.’
Jonjo O’Neill is a well-known British Stage Actor and is an Associate artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He is perhaps best known for his portrayals of Richard III and as Mercutio in the acclaimed Rupert Goold production of Romeo & Juliet.
Onscreen, Jonjo is best known for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), Constantine (2014), The Assets (2014), The Fall (2013), Defiance (2008) and Doctor Who (2005).
THE JONJO O’NEILL SCHOLARSHIP SEEKS OUT A MALE APPLICANT WHO DISPLAYS EXCEPTIONAL TALENT, INDIVIDUALITY AND PERSONALITY: A UNIQUE AWARD FOR A UNIQUELY TALENTED INDIVIDUAL
Co-Founder and Associate Director of Cervantes Theatre
‘I am a true advocate for Fourth Monkey training. Every time I see an actor walking into an audition I can tell if they have trained at Fourth Monkey, it’s like a signature. They are confident, ready and prepared, full of ideas and full of energy. As a director, it is a joy working with actors so well trained and I am truly honoured to be a patron of Fourth Monkey.’
Paula Paz is co-founder and Associate Director of the Cervantes Theatre and the Spanish Theatre Company. She is a theatre director and former professional ballet dancer and holds an MA with distinction in Theatre Directing from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
Directing credits include The Little Pony, The Swallow and Darwin’s Tortoise (Cervantes Theatre), Knives in Hens (KC Theatre), Eigengrau (Mountview), History of a Staircase (White Bear Theatre) and Hay que deshacer la Casa (Canada Water Culture Space).