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Friends of DSL

A Message from our Trustee Patron, Dame Judi Dench, CH, DBE, FRSA


"I am delighted to know that Drama Studio London is trying to set up a bursary scheme to help train talented actors who would otherwise struggle to meet the costs of DSL's excellent training. 

I am happy to support anything that will increase the amount in your coffers and encourage even more impecunious students to take up training. The idea of some of this money coming from successful alumni is very moving and I wish you every success."

What is the history of the Friends of DSL?

The Friends is a small independent and registered charity whose sole purpose is to provide small bursaries to DSL students. 

The small bursaries are aimed to alleviate financial pressures by helping to pay for accommodation, bills and food. They are not currently eligible to cover course fees. However, we are looking into ways to provide scholarships going forward.

The ambition of friends is to increase the amount of funding available to include larger bursary awards for vocational training as a demonstration of DSL’s commitment to improving equality and diversity.

Donations can be by cheque made out to Friends of Drama Studio London and posted to 1 Grange Road, Ealing, London W5 5QN. You can also make a bank transfer - please contact us on marketing@dramastudiolondon.co.uk for details.

DSL's Student Bursary Award

The Friends of Drama Studio London is a small independent charity funded by donations to support trainee actors.

Any applications for grants must be for living expenses not for fees, and can only be applied for once a place has been accepted and confirmed.

There are no deadlines for applications whilst you are a still a current student. The decision on how many bursaries can be made, subject to available funds, will be made by the small panel of trustees on a regular basis.

No audition is required, and bursaries are offered on the basis of financial need. Decisions will be made on the evidence of a short letter no longer than 1 A4 page addressed to the Director of DSL setting out the case for receiving assistance.


Emma Lucia Hands

Jonathan Kemp

Chris Luscombe