Hornchurch student secures scholarship after approval from actors Janet Suzman and Patricia Hodge
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A rising star of the stage has secured a scholarship to study at one of the country’s top music and drama schools.
Ex-Brentwood School pupil Lewis Bruniges, 19, of Hornchurch, is well on his way to a career in theatre after being awarded the prestigious Genesis Foundation scholarship to study at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art, ( LAMDA).
Lewis was awarded the scholarship, which is only given to one budding performer a year, after auditioning for LAMDA vice-president and actor Dame Janet Suzman and Olivier Award winning West End performer Patricia Hodge.
The scholarship, given by the arts charity, will pay for the teenager’s three-year course, which will cost £9,000 each year, plus a yearly maintenance allowance of £6,000 a year.
Lewis said: “It’s a strange feeling to have some form of confirmation from outstanding professionals in the field that I hope to enter into, that perhaps I can one day act and act well.”
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He first found his love for the stage while acting in primary school nativity plays and later flourished at Brentwood School, taking part in annual summer productions.
He added: “They [the Genesis Foundation] are trusting me to thrive and bear creative fruit from the money they are investing in my potential, and I can only feel humbled by the sense of purpose and promise that comes from something this generous.”
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The talented teenager, who will be studying classical acting from September, is a big Shakespeare fan and will perform in Julius Caesar at Rada (the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) on Saturday.
Lewis added: “I hope that the experience of life and people I’ve gained here in Brentwood will continue to support my imagination and understanding of the wider world, in my training and beyond.”