BMDS Charitable Trust Announces Recipients

August 1, 2015

The Trustees of the BMDS Charitable Trust have announced the recipients of the 2015 Kate Huntington Memorial Bursary in the amount of $5,000 each.

The recipients include Eryn Beach, BA [Hons] Contemporary Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance [Sophomore]; Kioshi Burgess, Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at Musicians Institute [Sophomore]; Shareef Hinds, Recording Arts Associates of Science at Full Sail University [1-year course]; Riley Mello, Higher Education Certificate Professional Make-up Design at Delamar Academy [1-year course]; Julia Frith Quinn, BA [Hons] Acting at Rose Bruford College [Freshman]; and Marcus Smith, BFA Theatre at New York University [Sophomore].

The Trust also donated $3,000 towards the Bermuda School of Music’s bursary programme earlier this year.

A spokesperson said, “The BMDS Charitable Trust promotes the development of the theatrical arts with particular emphasis on those artists having an association with Bermuda. This may be in the form of scholarships or bursaries, or through drama, music and dance workshops.

“The idea of forming the Trust was derived from very tragic circumstances. Kate Huntington, an active member of the Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society, was killed in a motorcycle accident in India in August, 2000. She was only 28 years old but was active in youth drama workshops at BMDS during her teens, had studied drama at university in Canada, and had already held principal roles in several BMDS productions.

“Kate had returned to Bermuda after extensive world travel to save enough money for her long-awaited return to India, and renewed her passion for the theatre during that time.

“Since its inception in 2001, The BMDS Charitable Trust has donated $283,000 in bursaries and sponsorships to Bermudian Performing Arts students at the undergraduate and graduate level. The main source of the Trust’s revenue comes from the net proceeds of the BMDS production Famous for 15 Minutes which opens at the Daylesford Theatre on August 6.

“Famous for 15 Minutes is a playwriting competition with the six lucky finalists having their 15-minute play performed.

Famous for 15 Minutes runs from August 6 to 8, then August 12 to 15, with showtimes at 8.00pm. The Gala Night and Prize-Giving is on August 15 at 6.3 pm and will includea pre-show reception. Tickets are $30 [$85 for the Gala Night] and are available online at ptix.bm.

For more information, please contact bursary@bmds.bm.

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