Artistic Partnerships

Artistic Partnerships


The Shaw Theatre has an exciting partnership with the Urdang Academy. This collaboration provides student scholarships and performing experience within a professional theatre. Students will also gain the opportunity to act, sing, dance on the same West End stage that has graced the presence of stars such as Dame Judi Dench, Dame Flora Robson, Dione Worwick, Patricia Routledge and Michael Williams!

This partnership has also established the Pullman Scholarship, providing sponsorship to a student who demonstrates exemplary potential, with preference given to a student living in the London Borough of Camden. Urdang constantly explore ways to pust the boundaries and capitalise on opportunities for its students. Reinforcing Urdang's founding ideology of diversity, the scholarship creates a unique opportunity for a student, and the new creative theatre space gives crucial exposure, experience and chances to their diverse and highly talented students.

"We were so impressed with the talent produced by the Urdang Academy that we took great pleasure in establishing the scholarship in partnership with Urdang. We also wanted to work together in order to enhance the experience that the students have by providing a real-life professional venue for students to pratice and perform in." Trish Washer, Theatre Manager 2012-2014 

Urdang students have preferential access to The Shaw Theatre for assessments, performance and classes. The Shaw Thetare will also play host to the students' college productions, graduate revues, and other smaller productions. It will also provide opportunities throughout their training to perform at corporate and theatre events, cabaret nights, theatre productions and seasonal events such as Christmas Carol singing.

University College London Union

The Shaw Theatre is proud to be working in partnership with UCL and UCLU to become the home of its student society productions during the planned closure of the Bloomsbury Theatre (Autumn 2015 – Spring 2018).

Since Autumn 2015 groups ranging from the Musical Theatre Society, Live Music Society, VOCE Gospel Society, Jazz Society, Drama Society (all supported by UCLU Stage Crew) have performed at the Shaw with many new societies joining them in the Spring of 2017 and 2018.

At the May 2016 UCLU Arts Colours Ball the Shaw Theatre Manager Ellen Frost and Bloomsbury Theatre Operations Manager Frank Penter presented the Bloomsbury award to UCLU Musical Societies production of West Side Story.

“We are looking forward to building and developing our partnership with UCL over the three years and being able to offer a professional working theatre to showcase the fantastic and diverse work of the UCLU societies. The Shaw strives to provide a positive environment for artists and creatives from diverse cultures and backgrounds to explore and experiment at every stage of their careers”. Ellen Frost, Shaw Theatre Manager

UCL students currently run over 250 different clubs and societies through UCLU, providing a wide range of extra-curricular activities for its students to get involved with during their time at UCL.

Tickets for all UCLU productions are still purchased through the Bloomsbury box office and not via the Shaw, except on the day of the performance.

For more information on the various societies at UCLU please visit