Grand scheme set to invest in young theatre enthusiasts in Leeds

Coun Lucinda Yeadon and Dr Keith Howard, of the Emerald Foundation, launch the Grand Futures Leeds learning programme at Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House. Picture by Brian Slater.
Coun Lucinda Yeadon and Dr Keith Howard, of the Emerald Foundation, launch the Grand Futures Leeds learning programme at Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House. Picture by Brian Slater.
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An ambitious three-year learning programme has been launched to give young theatre lovers the chance of a ‘grand future’.

Grand Futures Leeds, which is supported by the Emerald Foundation through long-time theatre advocate Dr Keith Howard, has been launched by Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House.

The scheme will open up the theatre and the City Varieties Music Hall to thousands of young people, enabling them to get valuable hands-on experience producing performances, festivals and other events.

Running until 2017, Grand Futures Leeds will help develop a major new youth-led arts festival in 2015 called the Grand Quarter Festival.

Dr Howard, who joined Leeds Grand chair Coun Lucinda Yeadon at the scheme’s launch, said: “Grand Futures Leeds is a chance for us to seriously invest in young performers, technicians, designers, directors and administrators of the future.”

For details visit www.leedsgrandtheatre.com.

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