What is the Razzamataz Future Fund?

The Future Fund is the registered charity of Razzamataz Theatre Schools.
Charity Number: 1135252

It has been created so that we can offer a very special opportunity exclusively for students of Razzamataz Theatre Schools. The opportunity is to advance the education of students of any Razzamataz Theatre School in particular by the provision of grants to enable them to continue their training in performing and creative arts. Students are able to apply to the Future Fund for grants to help fund courses to further their progression into the performing or creative arts industry. Our aim in creating the Future Fund is to create life-changing scholarships for our students and help them realise their dreams and aspirations in performing arts.

We’ve even launched our very own Future Fund song ‘I Believe’, check out some of our schools singing by downloading the song from itunes here, you can even download the lyrics by following the link below…


Here are some frequently asked Future Fund questions..

Am I eligible to apply?

If you will be 16 years of age by 1st September 2024 and have attended a Razzamataz Theatre School for a minimum of two years consecutively and have not previously applied for the Razzamataz Future Fund, you may be eligible. You must also be able to show evidence of a conditional or unconditional offer on a course that relates to the Razzamataz curriculum. It must include but does not have to be limited to one or more of the following: Per- forming Arts, Musical Theatre, Acting for Stage, Acting for Screen, Singing or Dance. Dance courses must contain Musical Theatre dance or Street dance in their course content. Singing courses must contain either the Musical Theatre, Acting or Commercial genres in their course content. If you will be leaving a Razzamataz school at the end of the academic year in which you turn 18 then you may request a 12 month deferral. Please note requests must be sent prior to the end of your time at a Razzamataz Theatre School.

Can I leave Razzamataz and then apply?

We are allowing students who have left Razzamataz but have been with the school for more than four years to enter if they are eligible and fit the age criteria in accordance with the deferral procedure outlined above.

How do I apply?

Your school Principal will send you an application pack. Email back the completed application form and send to your Razz principal. Applications are open and the deadline will be Friday 17th May 2024.

Audition / Interview

All applications will be invited to an audition/interview, in front of a panel of industry experts, providing their application form is complete and they have provided sufficient information on their course criteria and funding requirements. The 2023 final audition day will be Sunday 23rd June 2024.

For the audition you must prepare and record three x 2 minute pieces from the following areas showing your skills in drama, dance and singing:

-Musical Theatre Song -Musical Theatre Dance -Acting for Stage -Street Dance -Commercial Dance -Commercial Singing -Acting for Screen

Your song will be recorded and submitted to the judges in advance.

Your piece of acting (e.g. monologue) will be recorded and submitted to the judges in advance.

Your dance will be recorded and submitted to the judges in advance.

On Sunday 23rd June 2024 there will also be a short live interview section with the judges via zoom.

What happens next?

After all candidates have been interviewed, a decision will be made by the panel of judges and The scholarship recipient will be announced by the end of August 2023 if subject to a conditional offer or July 2023 if not subject to conditions. Dependent on available funds and the number of eligible clients, the grants awarded may differ in value. We would also advise each applicant to seek other means of funding as well as applying for the Razzamataz Future Fund.

Further Terms & Conditions

*All information requested in the application form is required before any grant is considered.

*You must be able to provide evidence of the costs involved as part of the grant application.

*You must be able to provide evidence of acceptance or offers for any courses applied for.

*Grants will normally be one-off payments.

*Grants may be awarded to contribute towards course fees, accommodation costs, travel costs or any other legitimate costs associated with undertaking further training in the Performing Arts. All criteria in regards to course content and applicant eligibility must still be met.

*Each grant application will be considered on its merit and the trustees and judges reserve the right to reject any application which does not meet the required criteria.

*After the grant is awarded you must, to the best of your ability, complete the full course and have satisfactory attendance. Failure to meet these criteria could result in repayment of the grant.

*You must have not applied to the Razzamataz Future Fund in any previous year.


Who was on the 2023 guest judging panel? 

Peter Houston 


Peter Houston (he/him) an alumni of Razzamataz West Cumbria trained at Phil Winstons Theatre Works. Theatre Includes: Ensemble, cover Valentine in Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre). Swing, Cover King George, John Laurens, Philip Hamilton in Hamilton (Victoria Palace Theatre). Ensemble in Matilda (Cambridge Theatre). Ensemble in Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane). Ensemble, cover Koko in The All Male Mikado (UK Tour) Aaron Shultz in Legally Blonde (Kilworth House). Ensemble in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Ensemble in An Evening of Dirty Dancing (UK & International Tour). Swing, cover Mark & Mike in A Chorus Line (Lowry Theatre). Dance Captain, cover Peter in Peter Pan (Lowry Theatre), Ensemble in Cinderella (Wolverhampton Grand). Film Includes: Lead role, Patrick in ‘First Time Loser’. Vocalist in Matilda the Movie. Television includes: ‘Maskface’ in Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, This Morning, A League of Their Own, The Olivier Awards, Blue Peter, Britains Got Talent & The Royal Variety Performance.

Felicity French 


Felicity French works alongside Paul Wooller as the in house Casting Directors at Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. Notable projects for CML include: Les Miserables, Hamilton, Mary Poppins, The Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon.
Prior to working for Cameron Mackintosh Felicity worked as casting assistant at Pippa Ailion Casting, notable projects include: Wicked, The Book of Mormon, Dreamgirls, Motown the Musical and Gypsy.


Who was on the 2022 guest judging panel? 

Alistair Smith

Alistair Smith is editor of The Stage, the trade publication for theatre and the performing arts. He is also chair of the careers charity Get Into Theatre and the author of two major industry reports (the London Theatre Report and the Theatre Workforce Review).

Tarquin Shaw Young

Having run one of the largest acting agencies so successfully, Tarquin decided that he wanted to take it over and has now renamed it ‘The Tarquin Talent Agency’. He manages children and young performers aged 4- 18 and a successful actors management agency Tarquin Talent Management, Having worked as a casting agent, he now consults to the industry on productions wanting to place children and young performers in the appropriate roles throughout all areas of Film, TV, Theatre, Radio and Voice-overs recently working on shows such as The King & I ,The Crown, Enola Holmes 2, Matilda The Movie, Bulletproof, Brilliant World of Tom Gates, Masters Of The Air, The House that Vanished and countless others.

Who was on the 2021 guest judging panel? 

Carly Thoms

Carly has played Miss Honey in Matilda the Musical (Cambridge Theatre West End & UK tour), Miss Dorothy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Adelphi Theatre), Leisl/First Cover Maria in The Sound Of Music (UK and International Tour), Ushers (The Charing Cross Theatre) among many more credits…

Jennifer Tierney

Jennifer Tierney – Currently in the West End’s ‘Come From Away’, previously cover Elphaba in Wicked, Mamma Mia, Shrek the Musical and more…

Who was on the 2020 guest judging panel? 

Shekinah McFarlane

Currently staring as Anne of Cleves in SIX UK tour, following a run in the West End cast. Previously, Lion King, Tommy, Parade, Hair, Rent. Former Razzamataz Sutton Coldfield Dance Teacher.

Roll of honour…

Who are the former Razzamataz Future Winners and where did they go on to train?

2015 – Lauryn Jamieson, Razzamataz Carlisle – Rose Bruford

2016 – Rosalia Morales, Razzamataz Rayleigh West – The Arts Educational School

2017 – Lucas Cooper, Razzamataz Medway – Reynolds Performing Arts College

2018 – Sarah Burrows, Razzamataz Carlisle – University of Cumbria

2019 – Morgan Hawley Townsend, Razzamataz Mansfield – Read College

2020 – Lewis Logie, Razzamataz Carlisle – Northern School of Contemporary Dance

2021 – Ruby Tyree, Razzamataz Sheffield – Shockout Arts / Bolton University

2022- Abbie Grimley, Razzamataz Glasgow North- The MGA Academy

2023 – Sam Woodroff, Razzamataz Medway- Wilkes Academy of Performing Arts