Mountview Academy of Theater Arts launches Mountview Award
One of the UK’s leading drama schools is launching the Mountview Prize to celebrate pioneers who inspire social change and whose lived experiences inspire others.
In June 2020, Mountview pledged to support black and other underrepresented communities and pledged to take a proactive stance in addressing racism, inequality and discrimination with an action plan for the change. In 2021 this engagement has focused on listening, learning and celebrating different lived experiences and the launch of the Mountview Prize is part of this work in progress.
The first Mountview Prize goes to Dawn Walton, who repeated her production of The Death of a Black Man by Alfred Fagon ahead of its May 28-July 10 airing. Walton is the founder and former artistic director of Eclipse Theater Company and her most recent productions include The Gift (Theater Royal Stratford East), Red Dust Road (National Theater of Scotland) and Black Men Walking (Royal Court).
As the recipient of the Mountview Award, Walton will speak and deliver a provocation which will be available on YouTube. Walton’s lecture, titled âFilling the Space, Taking Your Space,â will explore the notion of cultural leadership, referring to her own experiences as a theater practitioner.
The Mountview Prize will also include the awarding of a Â£ 2,800 scholarship in the name of the winner to a talented young person from a historically excluded community who is in financial need to enable them to attend Mountview’s Foundation in Acting course part-time. . In this way, it is hoped that the award will become an active part of Mountview’s commitment to supporting the next generation of theater makers who remain under-represented in the industry. Over the next year, the scholarship recipient will also meet with Dawn for mentoring sessions.
Mountview Joint Managing Directors Sarah Preece and Stephen Jameson said:
âWe are delighted to present the first Mountview Award to Dawn because she illustrates how one person can lead by example and inspire others to change the ecology of their profession. She has been an agent and catalyst of change, challenged orthodox thought, and used theater to empower, celebrate, recognize and shine a light on the work of black artists. We look forward to his speech in June. “
Dawn Walton said:
âIt’s an incredible honor, not more because the scholarship will support training in this profession for a talented person who, like me, did not have an obvious path. This is a wonderful intervention from Mountview and I would be proud to have my name attached. To.”