Taken from Belfast Telegraph (1st July 2013)
One lucky drama student has a double celebration as he graduates alongside Oscar winner Terry George.
Ryan Crown from Limavady, who graduates with a BA in Drama, interviewed the Oscar-winning Director for Queen’s Radio last year when he won the academy award for his film The Shore. He will have the opportunity to meet the Oscar winner again as Terry George receives an honorary doctorate for exceptional services to film and drama in the same ceremony as Ryan.
After graduation Ryan intends to study a Masters in Drama at Queen’s and is this year’s recipient of the Michael Barnes Scholarship. The scholarship, funded by Michael Palin, will provide funds to cover academic fees and maintenance costs to study a MA in Drama studies at Queen’s.
Speaking ahead of his graduation Ryan said: “Queen’s has afforded me so many opportunities throughout my studies and the receipt of the Michael Barnes Scholarship is another example of that. I am honouredand excited to be sharing my graduation day with Oscar winner Terry George and to be able to meet him again after interviewing him for Queen’s Radio makes the day extra special.”
The Michael Barnes Scholarships and Travel Bursaries will support five MA Drama students over a five year period, and will also provide travel scholarship for students to undertake a research visit or theatre placement related to their postgraduate study.
Michael Palin said: “Michael Barnes made the Belfast Festival at Queen’s into one of the greatest international artistic gatherings. The scholarships and bursaries that bear his name will also carry his spirit of love for the theatre, for Belfast and for the power of art and culture to unite people from all over the world.”