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Graduate Actors

Graduate Actors

Development for drama school graduates

From 2014-2016, we have watched five brilliant professional actors, who had each just graduated from drama school and been selected from a nationwide pool, develop and thrive on our stages.

They performed in everything from Chekhov to Christmas shows, from experimental to traditional work, and on every stage from the main house to tiny community theatres in and around Leeds.

They worked with our youth theatres and on our work with non-professional actors, undertook secondments in departments across the theatre, and attended programming meetings. All of this allowed them to gain fly-on-the-wall experience and knowledge of the decision making processes behind our programming.

“The graduate scheme is the most rewarding experience I think any actor could have… West Yorkshire is welcoming, an exciting place to be at, and the people working there are all brilliant. I’m so proud to have been a part of it.”

– Verity Kirk, Graduate Actor Scheme 2014/2015

Meet our graduate actors

David Leopold

James Barrett

Paksie Vernon

Rose Wardlaw

Verity Kirk


We hope to create a new version of the Graduate Actor scheme in the future. In the meantime, sign up to our Furnace Social Club to be kept up to date with all of our offers and opportunities.

Major funders
Arts Council England Leeds City Council The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
Principal Capital and Families Partner
Caddick Developments
Principal Capital and Access Partner
Irwin Mitchell Solicitors