Leona Craig

YEAR OF AWARD: 2018
AGE AT AWARD: 19
ARTFORMS: Musical Theatre
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Biography

Leona is an exceptionally talented actor, singer-songwriter and musician who plays several instruments to an excellent standard including piano, guitar, banjo and ukulele.

From the age of 15 to17, Leona attended The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's (RCS) Junior Musical Theatre whilst at school. Here she undertook intensive Musical Theatre training and grew as a performer in a supportive environment. This nurtured her ambition and determination for her future career.

Leona was also a member of Perth Youth Theatre and Ad-Lib Theatre Arts, where she explored a range of acting techniques.  This led to her successfully auditioning for the role of Maria in 'The Sound of Music' and Fantine in 'Les Miserables'. In 2017 she was successful in securing a place as a member of Scottish Youth Theatre's (SYT) first National Ensemble. Here she artistically evolved whilst working with influential industry professionals and pushing creative boundaries.

Following her ensemble experience, Leona secured a job with The Family Storytime Company at SYT. This year-long position involved developing, writing, composing and producing a story to engaged a young audience in a positive learning environment. Leona discovered a passion for passing on her knowledge of drama, dance and music, whilst sparking imagination and igniting an excitement to learn.

Leona has achived ABRSM Grade 8 Piano and ABRSM Grade 8 Singing with Merit. Her dedication to developing her skills earned her a place at the prestigious Mountview Theatre School, London, to study on the BA Actor/Musician Course.

How the Award Helped

Leona's Award enabled her to accept her place to study at the Mountview Theatre School in London. 



"I very much appreciate the financial support being given to me from The Dewar Award in order to achieve my dream. Thank you."