17 year old Luke Footman beat hundreds of budding entrepreneurs to win a £5000 grant to help him set up his own theatre school for young people in Newham.
Luke, of Newark Knok in Beckton, beat over 400 applicants to reach a live final of the WannaBAnEntrepreneur competition. He was required to do a live pitch as one of 5 finalists competing for the top prize at the event, which was held at the Skylark Hotel in Southend.
Luke’s project, Confortatus Theatre School, will begin in September 2014 to provide young people in East London with a platform to get involved in a wide range of performing arts.
He said, “I want to help develop a positive image of young people in Newham, offer them a platform for expression and encourage them to follow their dreams. The lack of free opportunities for young people to get involved in performing arts inspired me to set up the school, which will widen the prospects for young people in the borough.
Being part of the Achiever’s Network has given me the confidence and experience required to start up on my own. I now want to help raise the aspirations of other young people, as the Jack Petchey Foundation has done for me.”
Schenell Stephens, who runs the Achiever’s Network said, “Luke is very driven and determined to succeed with his project. He deserves congratulations on what he has achieved so far, and I am sure Confortatus will be a huge success in the coming months and years.”
Luke is holding three days of workshops and taster sessions in the summer to bring together like-minded young people interested in the performing arts and finding out more about the opportunities Confortatus has to offer later in the year. To find out more, visit Confortatus Theatre School on Facebook or Twitter @CTheatreSchool
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