The Rising Star Award


An award of £10,000 donated by Mitch Jenkins to help children achieve their dreams!

Applications are open for Rising Star Award for 2024!

We are offering a whole year of tuition to one lucky person, our new RISING STAR (aged 6-18) at Sussex Youth Theatre. You will receive tuition worth over £1,500 and benefit from the extensive knowledge of our amazing teachers.

We have also created THE SPARKLER AWARDS for lots of lucky children worth £8,500. They will benefit from Workshops, Masterclasses, Cut Price Tuition, Summer Camp and much more!

These awards have been created to commemorate all those wonderful parents and carers who help budding performers achieve their dreams, including Ken and Sheila Jenkins, who were Mitch’s biggest supporters and helped guide him throughout his training and career.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • So what is the Rising Star Award?

    Our Rising Star will be awarded to a student who shows talent, dedication and a passion for the arts.

    It will financially support the tuition of the student with SYT for a whole year. In return, we ask that the student be an ambassador for SYT and to be fully committed to their training with us.

  • What does the Rising Star Award include?

    The Rising Star will receive…

    • A full year’s free Drama and Voice tuition at SYT,
    • A free place on our LAMDA Exam course
    • Free membership for a year with our talent management company,
    • 3 workshops and masterclasses
    • A personalised “Rising Star” t-shirt.

    All of this is worth over £1500.

  • How will we choose the Rising Star?

    We will select our Rising Star by an application process followed by an audition day.

    This award is open to ALL. You don’t need to be a member of SYT to benefit! We welcome applications from everyone, if you are within our age range!

    Remember our Rising Star award is not just about talent. Your dedication, commitment and passion are just as important to us.

  • How to apply?

    The first step of our selection process to find our Rising Star, is an application form below. If you are successful, you will be asked to audition for us.

  • Tips for making your application:

    Things to include…

    • Why do you love performing?
    • What are your aspirations?
    • Why do you want to be our Rising Star?
    • Be YOURSELF and really let your personality shine!
  • What happens next?

    Once we have received your application we will select a number of applicants to attend an audition with us. Full details of what is required will be given, so don’t panic! You will have plenty of time to prepare.

    Please remember that competition will be tough and we can only have one Rising Star so please do not be disheartened if you are not successful at any stage of the audition process.


    1. July 20th and 21st

      AUDITION DAY in Worthing at a venue to be confirmed. Auditions start at 9.30am and we will allocate you a time.

    2. 24th July

      The announcement of the winner will be released at 3pm via email, text and our Social Media platforms. To make sure you are connected click the links below and like or follow us.

  • Rising Star Award Applicant Details

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Parent / Carer Details