Meet the Florence Kleiner Bursary recipient


In July we launched our search for an emerging female director based outside of London to work on attachment with The Old Vic over the course of a year.

Thanks to the support of the Florence Kleiner Bursary, we’re delighted to announce that Balisha Karra will join Emma Rice as Baylis Assistant Director on Wise Children, beginning her year-long attachment to The Old Vic as this year’s recipient.

The £12,000 bursary aims to support an emerging woman Director based outside of London to take up a position at The Old Vic, who, due to financial barriers or socio-economic factors, would not ordinarily seek out the role. It is offered for living expenses in addition to the fee for the Baylis Assistant Director position.

The Bursary was set up by Richard and Annie Kleiner in the name of Florence Kleiner, their daughter, herself a young aspiring Director who sadly died of Leukaemia in 2014.

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