Betty Amsden Youth Scholarship Course

Each year we select 25 young people from across Victoria for our annual Betty Amsden Youth Scholarship Course, a life-changing week of intensive drama workshops at MTC. The course provides an opportunity for young people with limited access to the arts to learn and develop drama skills, gain confidence, self-awareness and self-expression whilst building friendships and a lifelong affinity for theatre. All meals are provided, and accommodation is available for a limited number of students from regional Victoria.

This program is offered free of charge to students who would not otherwise have access to an extra-curricular drama program due to economic, geographic or personal barriers. Students are nominated by a teacher at their school, and each school may nominate one student.

The 2018 course will run from 2 to 6 July during the winter school holidays.

Who is eligible?
Young people who:

  • Are aged from 14 to 16 years at 2 July 2018
  • Are currently enrolled in secondary school in Victoria
  • Would not usually have the opportunity to participate in an intensive drama course due to disadvantage in one or more of the following areas: economic, educational, geographic and/or social/personal

We strongly encourage teachers to nominate students who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those with disabilities.

Nominations for the 2018 Betty Amsden Youth Scholarship Course are now closed. Information about the 2019 course will be available here in early 2019.

For further information, please email

MTC gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the late Betty Amsden AO DSJ.

Accommodation Partner

The 2017 course was also supported by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and the Lady Mayoress’ Committee.