Bailey Newsome and Leah Byrne at Dundee Rep

Dundee Rep is delighted to announce that they will be hosting two graduates this year as part of their renowned Graduate Actor Scheme. From today, Leah Byrne and Bailey Newsome join the Ensemble to begin work on the Rep’s first production of the season, Tay Bridge as part of a special season celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the theatre.

Dundee Rep’s renowned Graduate Actor Scheme, supported by the Robertson Trust, is a yearlong placement giving drama school graduates a fantastic opportunity to work in a fast-paced professional environment as they look to nurture, facilitate and empower the next generation of emergent talent.

The recent graduates from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, secured their places after a rigorous audition process to form the latest group of apprentices to earn a unique opportunity to kick start their career and spend time learning their craft at the theatre.

On welcoming the new graduates, Artistic Director Andrew Panton said:

"Dundee Rep’s Graduate Actor Scheme is a unique programme which helps graduates make the transition from drama school into the industry. They will work with, rehearse and develop alongside our resident acting Ensemble and I'm delighted to welcome them into the Rep family - as we look to support the next generation of rising talent in Scottish Theatre."

Bailey Newsome, a recent graduate from the BA Acting Course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is thrilled to have secured a place in the Graduate Scheme. Bailey said: 

"I'm really excited to be working with the Rep over the next year. Getting the opportunity to work on such a variety of projects is something I'm really looking forward to! It's also a really big year for the Rep so the fact that I'm involved in any capacity is something that I'm really proud of, I absolutely can't wait to get started!"

Fellow RCS graduate, Leah Byrne previously trained at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on the BA Acting Course and has worked in both theatre and television. Talking about this new opportunity, Leah said:

"As a brand new graduate starting my acting career, I’m thrilled to be joining Dundee Rep - being able to continue my learning whilst being surrounded by incredible theatre-makers is an opportunity I’m so grateful to have been given. I’m super excited to get to work on such a diverse range of shows with the Rep - from musicals to Shakespeare, there’s so much fun to be had. I’m also excited to spend time in Dundee, it’s a stunning city with lovely people and so much going on. I know already I’m going to have the best time and can’t wait to get started!"

Similar to this year’s graduates, Ross Baxter was selected to take part of the Graduate Actor Scheme last year and was given the opportunity to work closely with the Dundee Rep Ensemble on a number of shows including The Yellow on the Broom, The Snow Queen and Gagarin Way.

Reflecting on the experience, Ross said:

“I applied for the graduate scheme because it was a chance to work in one of the most prestigious theatre companies in Scotland. Getting the chance to work with professionals and directors on a range of different productions that are completely different in all their own way has been such a unique experience for me!”

Dundee Rep is thrilled to welcome these two graduates to the theatre ahead of an exciting season of work that celebrates Dundee, and the people of this city. The Graduate Actor Scheme continues to be a unique and essential part of the work of Dundee Rep Theatre helping bridge the gap between training and professional practice, supporting the theatre-makers of the future.