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ALRA bursaries are given to students who are facing financial difficulties during their studies at ALRA. Full information on who is eligible and how to apply is available to students once they have started a course with us.

The Robert Demeger Bursary (£1000)

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Robert Demeger was an actor and ALRA tutor 1951-2014, born in London and married, with one son and one daughter.

Robert played some challenging leading roles, including an acclaimed King Lear for director Deborah Warner early in his career, and went on to cover an impressive range of work across screen and stage in the West End as well as for both the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He was always happy to describe himself, with characteristic self-deprecation, as "a jobbing actor". Rob was adored during his work at ALRA.

Applications for The Robert Demeger Bursary are open to all MA Acting students in their first year.

The Segun Akingbola Bursary (£1000)

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Segun was an ALRA MA student 2009-2010, a wonderful student, friend, father, brother in-law, son and loving husband. Segun heroically fought the world’s rarest and most aggressive form of cancer – Renal Medullary Carcinoma but sadly lost the fight on Christmas Day 2019.

Segun was an actor, writer, philosopher, and a wonderful percussionist. After finishing his Masters at ALRA, he wrote, produced and acted in his first play The Patient at Soho Theatre directed by his brother Jimmy Akingbola. He went on to play the lead in Macbeth at The Greenwich Playhouse London while filming the beautifully cinematic short film Sea of Regrets by iLIKETRAINS.

Segun’s TV career saw him work on the award winning BBC1’s Holby City and with Jessica Hynes and Douglas Hodge on Paul Smith's four-part, much-discussed, BBC1 drama One Night. Segun’s career highlight was being cast in the historic five-star production of The Royal Shakespeare Company's Pan-African version of Julius Caesar directed by Gregory Doran. The production played in Stratford-upon-Avon, Moscow, Ohio and New York.

Segun is of Yoruba descent. His wife is of Italian-American descent and they have a 10 year old son.

Applications for the The Segun Akingbola Bursary are open to all BAME MA students in their first year.


The Stefan Thegeby Bursary (£1000: £500 North, £500 South)


Stefan Thegeby was an ALRA Foundation student 2011-2012. He went on to The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama but sadly died in 2015 after battling 4 cancers.

Stefan was a remarkable young man. Diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare disease in which cancer cells are found in the bone and/or in soft tissue, he was treated at Saint-Luc hospital in Brussels. Volunteers would come by with games and DVDs but these items were only available in French and Dutch. The library also only contained French and Dutch-language books. As there were many other non-Belgian children in the unit, Stefan decided to take on the task of collecting books, games and DVDs in other languages once he was done with his treatments.

Applications for the The Stefan Thegeby Bursary are open to Foundation students who have shown the most progress in their first term.