Charitable Trust

BMDS Charitable Trust

Kate HuntingtonAre you a Bermudian enrolled in further education in the performing Arts?

The BMDS Charitable Trust was officially formed on July 10, 2001 and cites its main objectives as the promotion and development of the theatrical arts with particular emphasis on those artists having an association with Bermuda. This may be in the form of scholarships or bursaries, or through drama, music and dance workshops. The idea of forming the Trust was derived from very tragic circumstances. Kate Huntington, an active member of the Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society, was killed in a motorcycle accident in India in August, 2000. She was only 28 years old but was active in youth drama workshops at BMDS during her teens, had studied drama at university in Canada, and had already held principal roles in several BMDS productions. Kate had returned to Bermuda after extensive world travel to save enough money for her long-awaited return to India, and renewed her passion for the theatre during that time. At the request of Kate's family, all funds donated on behalf of Kate will be used specifically to promote theatre amongst Bermuda's youth.

Over $282,000 in awards and bursaries have been granted to:

  • Tyler Barker (2003)
  • Katrina Kawaley-Lathan (2004)
  • Kerri-Lynn Dietz, Kendia Gill and James Birch (2005)
  • Kerri-Lynn Dietz, Zawditu Maryam, and Madison Mello (2006)
  • Matthew Bento, Jelani Douglas, Zawditu Maryam and Tamicka Johnson (2007)
  • Kerri-Lynn Dietz, Tamicka Johnson and Roy Richardson (2008)
  • Winton Brangman, Alex Cabrall, Paige Hallett, Roy Richardson, Matthew Ross (2009)
  • Christopher Frith, Paige Hallett, David Pitman, Matthew Ross (2010)
  • The Bermuda School of Music (2005-2015)
  • Moving Target Productions (a locally written and produced film) (2003)
  • Winners of Famous for Fifteen Minutes (2003 - present)
  • The National Drama Competition Best Actress Award (2003)
  • Theatre lights contribution for the Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society (2004)
  • Playwriting workshops in Bermuda for BMDS (various)
  • Carol Birch, Philip McIntosh, and Margaret Potts to Theatre Ontario for summer course in Set Design (2008)
  • Andrew Stoneham - a locally written and produced film (2010)
  • Set Painting and Set Design Workshops at BMDS (2010)
  • Christopher Frith, BFA Film Editing and Sound, University of North Carolina School of the Arts (2011)
  • Shana Parker, Performing Arts, Middlesex University (2011)
  • Malachi Simmons, Performing Arts - Visual Theatre, Edgehill University (2011)
  • Yesha Townsend, Bachelor of Music Composition, McNally Smith College of Music (2011)
  • Hannah Dill, Drama and Physical Theatre, St. Mary's University College (2012)
  • Julian Johnson, Production & Engineering/Music Education, Berklee School of Music (2012)
  • Malachi Simmons, BA Dance (with Theatre), Edgehill University (2012)
  • Victoria Watlington, AFA Acting for Film, New York Film Academy (2012)
  • Hayley Cann, Acadia University, Wolfville, NS, Canada - Bachelor of Music Therapy (2013)
  • Kristen Darrell, Guildford School of Acting, Surrey, England - MA - Acting (2013)
  • Shareef Hinds, Point Blank Music School, London, England - Music Production, Sound Engineering (2013)
  • Malachi Simmons, Edgehill University, Lancashire, England - BA Dance (with Theatre)(2013)
  • Jadiyah Bailey (Montclair State University, BFA - Dance) (2014)
  • Eryn Beach (Tinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance) (2014)
  • Arielle DeSilva (University of Kent, BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre) (2014)
  • Frederika Hill (The Boston Conservatory BFA - Dance) (2014)
  • Marcus Smith (University of Tampa, BA - Performing Arts (Musical Theatre)) (2014)
  • Eryn Beach (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance) (2015)
  • Kioshi Burgess (Musicians Institute, Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance) (2015)
  • Shareef Hinds (Point Blank Music School, Sound Design and Art of Mixing) (2015)
  • Riley Mello (Delamar Academy, Higher Education Certificate Professional Makeup Design) (2015)
  • Julia Frith Quinn (Rose Bruford College, BA (Hons) Acting) (2015)
  • Marcus Smith (New York University, BFA Theatre) (2015)

The Trust continues to accept donations and is planning several fundraising initiatives on Opening Nights of BMDS productions. Donations can be made to The BMDS Charitable Trust, PO Box DV 631, Devonshire DV BX.

If you have any questions contact bursary@bmds.bm.

Applications will only be accepted via www.bermudascholarships.com - BMDS Kate Huntington Memorial Bursary. Application Deadline is 31 May, 2016.