I can tell you, as a budding actor, having Jack Lemmon put his hand on my shoulder and say, 'That was terrific, kid; you oughta do this professionally' was a big deal for me.
Over the course of my career, I’ve been fortunate enough to have success as a stage and screen actor, running the film production company, Triggerstreet, and as Artistic Director of one of the world’s best-loved theatres - London’s Old Vic.
When I first started out, I was lucky enough to meet Jack Lemmon who encouraged me to become an actor. He subsequently became a great mentor in my life. Jack had a phrase that he used all the time that I’ve now adopted as my own. He believed that if you’ve been successful in your chosen path, if you’ve been able to realise your ambition, then you are obligated to ‘send the elevator back down’.
That’s why I’ve set up The Kevin Spacey Foundation (KSF).
We train, through the KSF Scholarships, and develop creative projects via KSF Grants so that emerging artists with passion and potential can succeed in the competitive worlds of performing arts and film.
I’d love you to help me keep the elevator moving, and in good working order, so that we can bring along as many passengers as possible.
The Kevin Spacey Foundation works in partnership with Regent’s University London to offer KSF Scholarships to the most talented applicants for the Acting & Global Theatre - BA (Hons) and the Screenwriting & Producing – BA (Hons).
The BA (Hons) Acting & Global Theatre course reflects the Kevin Spacey Foundation’s commitment to recognizing the ‘Global Community’ and to placing itself at the forefront of a ‘world without boundaries’. The course combines the professional rigor and discipline of vocational actor training with a challenging study of theatre cultures of the world.
The Kevin Spacey Foundation team support Regent’s University London in the KSF Scholarships audition process, seeing applicants in both the UK and the US.
The BA (Hons) Screenwriting & Producing program is designed to develop the next generation of writers and producers for the screen - individuals who will work on both sides of the film and television industry.
In addition, Acting & Global Theatre and Screenwriting & Producing students will experience master classes with Kevin Spacey twice a year.
The KSF Scholarship will cover £10,000 ($16,600 USD) of tuition fees each year for the three years. Applicants in need of further financial support to cover subsistence and travel should state this on the KSF Scholarship application form.
You will be eligible for consideration for the KSF Scholarship if you have received a conditional or unconditional offer for:
Acting and Global Theatre BA (Hons) and have successfully completed an audition.
Complete the application and audition process for the Acting & Global Theatre BA (Hons)
Complete the application process for the Screenwriting & Producing BA (Hons)
Conditions for applying:
The scholarship is open all applicants who hold a conditional or unconditional offer and have passed an audition to study on the BA (Hons) Acting & Global Theatre or the BA (Hons) Screenwriting & Producing.
You may submit your scholarship application before receiving an offer, but we will only consider you for shortlisting once you have received an offer and passed your audition.
Please note: Any KSF Scholarship applications made directly to the Kevin Spacey Foundation will not be considered – all applications and queries should be directed to Regent’s.
If you cannot find an answer to your question here please email KSF@regents.ac.uk
You will be eligible for consideration for the KSF Scholarship if you have received either:
a conditional or unconditional offer for the BA (Hons) Acting & Global Theatre, including having successfully passed an RSDFM acting audition. Applications for the scholarship will need to be submitted on or before the deadline of 31 May 2014
OR a conditional or unconditional offer for the BA (Hons) Screenwriting & Producing including successfully submitted script and essay. Applications for the scholarship will need to be submitted on or before the deadline of 31 June 2014
Acting & Global Theatre Scholarship application deadline is 31 May 2014
Screenwriting & Producing Scholarship deadline is 30 June 2014
The KSF Grants support emerging artists to develop creative projects in the performing arts (drama, dance and music) or film.
At the start of your creative career and looking to develop a new performance piece, installation, exhibition, film or script? The KSF Grants are designed to give you the time you need to get your project off the ground.
Anyone* starting a career in the arts can apply for a KSF Grant and we will consider projects from across the performing arts (music, dance and drama) and film, as long as the ideas are innovative and exciting. We are particularly interested in theatre projects.
We offer three levels of grant:
and open to receive applications twice a year (for 5 weeks):
To apply complete the online application form.
Please only submit a KSF Grant application during the advertised open dates above. KSF will not accept applications made outside of these open dates.
The Trustees may use their discretion to offer KSF Grants of above £2,500
(*UK and US residents only at present although KSF is exploring how it might fund projects outside of the UK and US in the near future.)
Yes. KSF will ask you to submit a report when your project is complete or at its next developmental stage as outlined in your application.
You will also be expected to contribute to online content about the project such as photographs from rehearsals, blogs or films etc.
KSF WILL allocate Grants of £500 - £2,500 to:
Individuals / groups (UK or US residents) at the start of their careers in the performing arts (drama, dance and music) or film who present projects which:
The Kevin Spacey Foundation aims to train, support and mentor emerging artists in the performing arts and film.
Richard’s Rampage, the inaugural project from The Kevin Spacey Foundation, was a hugely ambitious creative learning initiative spanning eight countries and three continents connecting young people and emerging artists ON STAGE, IN SCHOOL and ONLINE.
Richard’s Rampage was linked to The Bridge Project, an unprecedented series of world-class theatre productions resulting from a unique partnership between The Old Vic, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and Neal Street Productions.
The Bridge Project 2011 cast Kevin Spacey in the lead role of Richard III, directed by Sam Mendes. The production placed the exchange of ideas, talent and creativity at the heart of the process.
Richard’s Rampage was the counterpart to that production, offering 632 students and 162 emerging artists a unique opportunity to connect with this world-class production, entirely funded and managed by The Kevin Spacey Foundation.
To find out more please visit www.richardsrampage.com
KSF: America uses the tools and practitioners of theatre and film to send the elevator back down to the next generation of emerging artists.
KSF Scholarships at Regent’s University London are available to US residents – full information can be found on the Scholarships pages.
KSF Grants are available to US residents – full information can be found on the Grants pages.
Help us to keep sending the elevator back down in the US and around the world by giving to KSF: America.
You can make a tax-deductible donation to KSF: America via PayPal using the following link:
If you would like to make a donation by check, please make it to: KSF: America and mail it to: 200 Park Avenue South, 8th Floor New York, NY 10003