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BBC Performing Arts Fund boosts theatre talent

Jermaine Jackman on The Voice Image copyright BBC/Wall To Wall
Image caption Jermaine Jackman won the public vote in the last series of The Voice

More than £300,000 raised by phone voting on BBC One shows like The Voice has been allocated to support new theatre and dance talent in the UK.

The BBC Performing Arts Fund has shared £320,000 between 32 choreographers, playwrights, directors and producers.

The grants will allow them to work with theatres and arts venues across the UK.

The charity receives the surplus revenue from phone voting on The Voice and Strictly Come Dancing and has awarded more than £5m since 2003.

The recipients of this year's fellowships are:

  • Sarah Bentley, theatre producer, working with Mayk, Bristol
  • Jasmin Ann Cooray, poet, working with Spread the Word, London
  • Stephen Coulter, creative producer, working with The Mac, Belfast
  • Nel Crouch, theatre director/writer, working with Tobacco Factory, Bristol
  • Dan Daw, dance artist/artistic director, working with South East Dance, Brighton
  • Antonio de la Fe, dance artist, working with Independent Dance, London
  • Beverley Grant, dance artist, working with Dance Base, Edinburgh
  • Amy Fisher, theatre producer, working with Box of Tricks, Manchester
  • PJ Harris, director working with Scottish Opera
  • Rikki Henry, theatre director, working with Home, Manchester
  • Emma Hill, theatre writer, working with Z-Arts, Manchester
  • Rosie Hood, folk singer, working with English Folk Dance and Song Society
  • Ola Ince, theatre director, working with Lyric Hammersmith, London
  • Brona Jackson, dance artist, working with DU Dance, Belfast
  • Rhian Jeffrey, theatre director, working with Prime Cut, Belfast
  • Max Johns, theatre designer, working with Bristol Old Vic
  • Anthony Lau, theatre director, working with Nuffield, Southampton
  • Jonathan Lo, conductor, working with Birmingham Royal Ballet/Rambert
  • Rebecca Lyon, circus tutor/performer, working with Jackson's Lane, London
  • Evie Manning, director, working with Freedom Studios, Bradford
  • Hannah Moore, choreographer/director, working with Halsway Manor, Somerset
  • Natalie Murray Beale, conductor, working with Fuel Theatre, London
  • Nina Patel-Grainger, theatre designer, working with Bush Theatre, London
  • Toby Peach, theatre maker, working with The Old Vic, London
  • Samantha Potter, playwright, working with Papatango theatre company, London
  • Melanie Purdie, creative producer, working with Yorkshire Dance/West Yorkshire Playhouse
  • John Ross, choreographer, working with Swindon Dance
  • Jenny Roxburgh, lighting designer, working with English Touring Theatre
  • Stacey Sampson, theatre writer, working with Tutti Frutti, Leeds
  • Emma Smith, dance artist, working with Scottish Youth Dance
  • Joseph Wallace, theatre director, working with Theatre-Rites, London
  • Rachael Young, theatre maker, working with Mac, Birmingham

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