Second Round Of Bursary Winners For Deaf Or Hard Of Hearing Theatre Freelancers Deafinitely Theatre today announce the second round of bursary winners, awarded to six deaf or hard of hearing theatre freelancers - Christopher Fonseca, Cherie Gordon, Nadeem Islam, Maral Mamaghani, Craig McCulloch and Evie Waddell. As with the first round of winners in February 2021, each winner will receive £1000 for their career-development, additionally getting exclusive access to networking and keeping-in-touch sessions. The bursary was open to any deaf or hard of hearing practitioners and performers over the age of 18, at any stage in their career. Deafinitely Theatre’s 2021/22 artistic programme is supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation’s Reinvent Performing Arts fund, which has committed to supporting arts organisations through the Covid-19 pandemic. Deafinitely Theatre has been generously awarded a grant of £43,000. Cherie Gordon, said today, "I really appreciate this chance of receiving this bursary as I now believe that there is more to my film and theatre journey. I had only just started and I am grateful to continue exploring more, receive the right support and training in developing skills around directing. I want to explore the technical skills, creative skills and problem solving that is involved to be able to become a professional director and may direct my own film or play or other artist's work.” The six recipients will use their bursary for the following: Christopher Fonseca- to develop and present a day of professional dance and physical theatre training, discussions, skill-sharing and networking for the deaf dance community to support the next generation of artists. Cherie Gordon- to support her development as a director, including training, workshop and shadowing opportunities. Nadeem Islam- to develop his experience as a writer and performer with mentorship from an Asian screenwriter and to devise a dark comedy monologue for film based on his experience of racism. Maral Mamaghani- to research a live art performance installation for an outdoor space, centered on her intersectionality and status as a deaf female refugee. Experimenting with lighting, sound and structure, Mamaghani will research and develop a performance concept for outdoor festivals. Craig McCulloch- to develop a new visual show, including R&D with two performers, building his skills as a writer and director. Evie Waddell- to create a new piece of work that explores the connections between BSL and Gaelic cultures using traditional song, stories and dance, collaborating with BSL theatre makers and dancers.