The Cameron Mackintosh Drama Fund was set up through an endowment to the University by the Mackintosh Foundation. The purpose of the Fund is to aid drama in Oxford and the students involved, by providing a source of funding and by employing the University Drama Officer, who is the main contact between students involved in Oxford theatre and the University itself.
The Mackintosh Foundation itself was established by Sir Cameron Mackintosh in 1988 to promote and develop theatre and the performing arts; to provide relief for the homeless, to relieve suffering of and promote research into the causes and treatment of AIDS; and to provide for medical research and relief of sickness. The Cameron Mackintosh Drama Fund for Contemporary Theatre has helped some of the University’s brightest young actors, directors, producers and writers stage shows during the annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Cameron Mackintosh Professorship
The Chair of Contemporary Theatre, founded through a grant from the Mackintosh Foundation at St Catherine's College, aims to promote interest in, and the study and practice of, contemporary theatre. The Visiting Professorship has previously been held by actors, writers and directors including Sir Ian McKellen, Arthur Miller, Nicholas Hytner, Thelma Holt, Kevin Spacey and Trevor Nunn.
This year's Cam Mac Professor is Meera Syal, comedian, writer, playwright, singer, journalist, producer and actress.
Cameron Mackintosh Script Library
The Cameron Mackintosh Script Library is housed in the Drama Officer's office in the Burton Taylor Studio, and is available for use by all students of any academic discipline. It contains a huge collection of old and new scripts and frequently receives updates from publishers including Samuel French. Musicals, one-acts, hits new and old, as well as unperformed gems and old competition entries are all available for perusal.
To browse the collection stop by the BT (Gloucester St, OX1 2BN) or email to book a time with the Drama Officer. Please let the Drama Officer know if you have any suggestions for the library, or ways to make it more user-friendly.