Derby Theatre has announced that the recipient of The Brian Weaver Fellowship is Adam Horvath.
The fellowship was launched in December, the result of a generous personal donation from Derbyshire resident, Doreen Weaver, in memory of her late husband, Brian.
With Brian’s involvement in, and lifelong passion for the arts, coupled with the sad fact that he was unable to fulfil a full time professional career as an actor due to financial constraints, Doreen dearly wanted the fellowship to be a legacy for Brian and his love of theatre.
Therefore, the fellowship was launched to provide an aspiring local actor with the opportunity of professional paid work, invaluable experience and other exciting opportunities at, and associated with, Derby Theatre. Potential recipients were shortlisted and then Adam, along with 17 other hopefuls, were auditioned and interviewed by Derby Theatre’s artistic director, Sarah Brigham, composer and musical director Ivan Stott and Doreen Weaver.
At the end of a tough process, Adam was then selected as the recipient.
Adam will perform in The Odyssey, directed by Sarah Brigham, this month plus another production in the autumn and will be on a full-time professional actor’s wage for both. He will also be provided with professional mentoring, a platform to invite agents and showcase his work plus invaluable access to Derby Theatre’s staff, various networks and the theatre industry.
Adam Horvath said: “I’m absolutely over the moon. I’ve still not stopped smiling and can’t wait to get started. I’m so lucky to get the chance to do what I love. I can’t say how grateful I am to Doreen and hopefully I’ll do Brian proud!”