Cameron Mackintosh Drama Fund

In 1990 the University received a generous benefaction from the Mackintosh Foundation to endow the Cameron Mackintosh Drama Fund.  The activities carried out include professional advice in voice and acting, together with workshops on other aspects of the practice of contemporary theatre.  The Fund also offers underwriting and grants for selected student productions and other events that fall under its remit, as determined by the Board.  Most of these activities are overseen by the University Drama Officer.


Applying for grants and underwriting

Grants and underwriting are available from the Cameron Mackintosh Drama Fund for high-quality student productions at Oxford University.  Applications should be made to the Drama Officer and should include the following information:

  • the original bid for the production,
  • a budget,
  • the amount of funding required and,
  • a brief statement detailing why the production merits funding from the Cameron Mackintosh Drama Fund


Grants will usually be between £100 and £500.  Underwriting applications are made in case of financial loss and should include the same information.


The deadline for applications each term will be advertised from 2nd Week onwards, and is usually at the end of 5th Week.  The applications are considered in 9th Week, and replies sent out soon afterwards.


University Drama Officer Recruitment 2023

Applications are invited for the two-year fixed-term post of University Drama Officer from self-motivated, recent or soon-to-be graduates. Applicants should have extensive experience of university student theatre and a broad range of theatre skills.

Duties include helping to programme student productions at a number of performance venues across Oxford including the Burton Taylor Studio, college venues, and the Oxford Playhouse; helping students to plan and publicise their productions; and arranging drama workshops. The appointment is for a period of 24 months, starting in late September 2023. The successful candidate will be asked to attend the September meeting of the Cameron Mackintosh Drama Fund Board of Management out of contract as part of their induction.

Salary: £23,715 pa. (at time of advertising)

Further particulars can be obtained from Gemma Proctor, Trusts Officer at For an informal discussion about the role please contact the current University Drama Officer, Dorothy McDowell at The closing date for the receipt of applications is Friday 28th April 2023. It is anticipated that interviews will be held in late May 2023.

Contact us

Drama Officer

Burton Taylor Studio

Gloucester Street


01865 791 577


Secretary to the Board of Management

Trusts Management Team

University Offices

Wellington Square