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The Godber Theatre Foundation

Inspiring talent from Hull and East Yorkshire

The Godber Theatre Foundation is an initiative which supports a select number of young people from the Hull and East Yorkshire area who are studying Drama and Theatre Arts. This is realised through financial support, mentorship and professional experiences.


Our vision

Each year, The Godber Theatre Foundation awards a small number of students the opportunity to partake in the fund’s programme alongside their degree-level training in the Arts; offering them mentorship, industry seminars, professional experience and financial aid. The aim is to develop their career during and after training. We are only too aware that the Arts is one of the most difficult industries to break into, particularly if you are from a working class background. The Godber Theatre Foundation seeks to support and inspire talented individuals from Hull and East Yorkshire on their journey to achieving their career goals.

The Godber Theatre Foundation is partnership with the John Godber Company. John and Jane Godber have been working with young people in Hull for over a quarter of a century, and have seen many students they have worked with go on to have successful careers and gain places at leading drama schools. The Godber Theatre Foundation will continue this legacy.



We offer all of our Foundation recipients personal mentorship and one to one support alongside their degree level training, providing them with our team's wealth of experience. We are always an email or zoom chat away offering our students professional advice whether that is academic support or career guidance.

Contacts & Connections

Our Foundation offers workshops and masterclasses with industry professionals from a whole range of disciplines, providing our recipients with valuable industry connections and experience for when they finish their studies.


We offer our Foundation recipients free tickets and invites to John Godber Company events and those of associate companies. Recipients will also be invited to attend rehearsals of professional productions.

Funding Support

Our recipients can apply for funding to assist them with their studies and professional development, including additional course costs such as script fees, headshots and Spotlight memberships for acting graduates. We also aim to support bigger funding bids for those in need.


Our Foundation prides itself on creating a community of support and collaboration for our recipients, where they are able to network with other like minded creatives as they prepare to enter the industry. 


We provide our recipients with Foundation merchandise, including

t-shirts and tote bags. 


Inspiring talent from Hull and East Yorkshire


Student Sucess


Meet Our Team


Meet Our Members



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Make a Donation

Any donation, however large or small, will help young people from Hull and East Yorkshire alongside their higher education training.

Your generous donation will go towards:

  • Travel for participants to go to and from auditions and productions

  • Student's Spotlight membership

  • Plays and texts

  • Student's headshots

  • Technology for students

For larger donations over £1000, please email: foundation@johngodberco.co.uk

Thank you for your donation from all at The Godber Theatre Foundation!


Contact Us

Get in touch with The Godber Theatre Foundation to learn more about our work

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We have proudly been supported by

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I Am Fund

HEY Smile Foundation


Paul Sewell

Sewell Group


Alan Brodie Representation

Literary Agents


Safegaurding policy

The Godber Theatre Foundation has a safeguarding policy and a data protection policy. If you would like to see either of these policies please email us directly.