Creative industry mentoring: practical pillars

Do you need help navigating the first steps of your acting career? Recent graduate or in third year of drama school? Apply for a mentor with NYAT!

Young people from underrepresented backgrounds need more support in the creative industries & more access to opportunities that can better prepare them for sustaining a career in the arts. Through our new mentoring scheme ‘Practical Pillars’ we hope to better equip our young bursary holders and offer guidance and a firm foundation as they start their journey in the creative industry.

The free NYAT mentoring scheme provides our drama bursary holders from disadvantaged backgrounds with more support, resources, and ‘practical pillars’ that they can carry with them through their first chapter out of drama school.

Successful applicants will:

  • receive three or more one-to-one mentoring sessions from a vetted industry professional across 6 months; a place you can ask questions, and go to for advice and peer support.
  • career development workshops (covering topics like castings, agents, budgeting, contracts, managing professional relationships, networking, self employed life, first day on set, your goals for the future, building resilience and more).


We’re delighted to introduce the mentors for our ‘Industry Pillars’ mentoring scheme.

📸 (1) Afolabi is an actor, NYAT trustee and ex recipient hoping to bring his insights to help steer the scheme. Since graduating from Bristol Old Vic theatre school he has featured in various screen roles for BBC, Netflix HBO; aswell as working with the RSC and various voice projects @_afolabialli

📸 (2) Bally Gill is an actor and Rose Bruford graduate. He won the Ian Charleson award in 2018 for his performance as Romeo in the RSC production of Romeo and Juliet. He has appeared in BBC & ITV dramas @ballysgill

📸 (3) Emily Stott is an Oxford school of Drama graduate known for The Midwich Cuckoos, Foundation and Little Fish @emstott1

📸 (4) Raphael Sowole is a stage and screen actor. His debut role was in the critically acclaimed Starred up. He has appeared in Black Mirror & Black Earth Rising @raphael_sowole

📸 (5) Ray Sesay is also a Bristol Old Vic graduate actor. Ray has extensive experience on stage and has appeared in Endeavour and Doctor Who @raysesay

Places for 2023 are limited so please apply using the form below by 4 August 2023. Feel free to message us with any questions!

Please note, to apply you must have received a bursary from NYAT.

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