The Gloria Payten and Gloria Dawn Fellowships
The Gloria Payten Foundation and The Gloria Dawn Foundation are an extraordinary gift to the performing arts in Australia. The Foundations represent the entire estate of Gloria Payten, a leading theatrical agent, who established International Casting Service in 1960.
It was Gloria Payten's intention to honour the memory of Gloria Dawn, one of Australia's foremost actresses, through these Foundations. The remarkable contribution of these women to the performing arts in this country now continues after their deaths.
The Foundations provide Fellowships (known as 'The Glorias') for professional actors and directors in theatre, film, and television to travel overseas to broaden their knowledge through either formal courses of study or by self-devised programs of observation and secondment. By the terms of Gloria Payten's will, the Fellowships are open to actors and directors only.
It is a condition of the Fellowships that the Fellows return to Australia to work in the industry and thus share their knowledge with those around them.
The number of Fellowships and the level of grant will vary from year to year.
Fellowships are intended for the purpose of international travel and study. The Fellow must agree to return to Australia within twelve months of the expiry of the Fellowship. On returning to Australia, the Fellow is expected to work, as far as possible, as an actor, director, teacher, or writer in the entertainment industry in Australia for a major part of the next three years.
Fellowships may be used to include such activities as:
- a formal course of study
- attachment to a school
- attachment to a theatre company
- attachment to film or television production companies
- attendance at an international festival
- visits to specific performances
- interviews or meetings with distinguished artists