The Spotlight Prize 2018 Finalists Announced

Nominees Revealed for the 2018 Spotlight Showcase

Drama school graduates from across the UK and Ireland have been selected to perform in front of an exclusive industry panel in July at the Spotlight Showcase 2018.

The finalists will be launching their career to an audience of influential industry professionals on 17th July at 8 Northumberland Avenue, with a live theatre performance and a pre-recorded monologue to camera.

Over 70 drama schools and universities were invited to nominate a student from their graduating class to submit a self-tape audition for this year's Spotlight Prize. The 20 finalists were selected by a panel of industry experts based on the quality of their audition.  

Nominees will take part in a screen acting workshop earlier in July and their final performances will be filmed and judged by a panel of leading casting directors for TV and film. These performances will screen as part of the theatre showcase, and footage will be shared with industry professionals throughout Ireland, the UK and the U.S. 

Two prizes of £2000 will be awarded for Best Screen Acting Performance and Best Stage Performance, in front of an invite-only audience of casting directors, agents, producers, directors and actors.

Last year’s screen prize winner, Yasmin Mwanza from the Manchester School of Theatre, starred in the critically acclaimed 'Girls' at Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year. The 2017 stage winner, Cecily Redman from The Royal Academy of Music, will play Hazel Robinson in 'Free Solo' at The Drayton Arms from 17th April.

This year's finalists are:

Joseph Langdon

AJ Jones

Lucie Sword

Charlotte Wyatt

Helena Antoniou

Connor Maguire

Mhairi Gayer

Jack Cave

Harmony Daniel

Jay Varsani

Gabrielle Creevy

Martha Godber

Francesco Piacentini-Smith

Corey Weekes

Sophia McLean

Kalyn Callan

Simon Phipps

Chelsea-Lee Nichol

Luciana Trapman

Aoife Fitzpatrick

Watch this space for interviews from the nominees!