We are pleased to announce the first four recipients of the Living Pictures Cultural Diversity Bursary.

The deadline for applications has now passed, but we're looking to open up a new round in 2022. Find out more about the programme here.

A young actor in a drama class

Mingyu LinMingyu Lin

Ming is a director for stage and film, she trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, is an alumna of the Royal Court Writers' Program and was a reader for the Bruntwood Prize. She is a founding member of BESEA advocacy group BEATS. She has directed and written a number of short films which have won finalist awards for Sundance Shorts, Sci-Fi London, Enter the Pitch and ITN's Nativity Factor and been screened in festivals worldwide. Her most recent film Sandwich won Best Film at Filming East Festival at the BFI and was selected for the TIC film festival 2019 and her comedy pilot Back in the Day by Kerry Gooderson was a finalist at the 2019 Pilot Light Festival.

Stage directing credits include: Babel (ArtsEd, Digital Production), Overheard (CAN, Nottingham Lakeside Arts/York Theatre Royal/Wun's), Does My Bomb Look Big in This (Tamasha, Soho Theatre), Lòng Mẹ (Van Thanh, Vaults Fest 2020), No Bond So Strong (Sampad, mac Birmingham), Silently Hoping (Ellandar, Applecart/Vaults Fest 2019), Grotto (Next Up Talent, National Theatre Studios), Hear Me Now (Tamasha, Rich Mix), Rice Paper Tales (Trikhon, The Albany/ mac Birmingham) and A Dream from a Bombshell (Trikhon, The Albany).


Monique ToukoMonique Touko

Monique is a London-based multidisciplinary artist working in theatre, radio and film. She is a theatre director, her most recent show was BLANK by Alice Birch at Rose Bruford and a reading of This Might Not Be It by Sophia Chetin-Leuner at Bush Theatre.

Her directing training includes Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme at Royal Exchange Manchester. At the Young Vic, her training has involved the Intro to Directing course led by Sasha Wares, Boris Karloff Trainee Assistant Directors Programme and the Jerwood Assistant Director Scheme.

Her assisting credits include Wishlist by Katherine Soper, directed by Matthew Xia at Royal Exchange Manchester and Royal Court, HighTides’ touring production of Kanye The First by Sam Steiner directed by Andrew Twyman, Yellowman by Dael Orlandersmith directed by Nancy Medina at Young Vic, China Plate’s On the Exhale by Martin Zimmerman directed by Christopher Haydon at Traverse Theatre, Cock by Mike Bartlett directed by Kate Hewitt at Chichester Festival Theatre, Shakespeare’s Richard II directed Lynette Linton and Adjoa Andoh at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Ibsen’s Rosmersholm adapted by Duncan Macmillan, directed by Ian Rickson at Duke of York Theatre and Lorca’s Blood Wedding adapted by Marina Carr directed by Yael Farber - Young Vic.

Monique is a producer in film and music videos, her credits include an independent project for Franklyn Lane Film Productions. She is also part of The Ubunifu Space which is an online platform that builds and raises the profiles of creative artists within Africa. Monique is Partnership Manager and Assistant Producer for Ubunifu Radio as well as a regular member of the UK reaction team on the YouTube channel which has a global following of 260k+ subscribers.

Monique Touko (website)


Jo TyabjiJo Tyabji

Jo is a director and writer. She is Associate Director at Milk Presents, and co-Director of ivo theatre. Recent work as a director includes a Trio of Audio Plays for Milk Presents, Nemo Martin's romantic comedy [The Cobbled Streets of Geneva] which was a 2020 VAULT Origins Award winner, Jay Bernard's solo adaptation of their poetry anthology Surge, performance polemic My Name Is My Own for the Southbank Centre, and What’s Far Is Near, a live broadcast show devised with the company, performed simultaneously in The Purcell Room, London and Hamra Palace Theatre, Beirut. Jo is also a performance artist: in 2019 Jo toured their solo show Motherland, produced in association with Milk Presents, and in 2020 created Cocktails Before The Revolution with Raz Weiner, available now for digital touring.

Photo credit: Max Zadeh


Diyan ZoraDiyan Zora

Diyan is an Iraqi-born London-based theatre director and writer. Her directing work includes Chronicles of a City We Never Knew (Gate Theatre); Ms Y (Young Vic 5 plays); Gather Ye Rosebuds (Theatre503 and tour); Waiting for Summer (Old Red Lion and tour) and Twelfth Night (Cockpit). As an Assistant/Associate Director, her work includes Faith, Hope and Charity and Evening at the Talkhouse (National Theatre); LOVE (National Theatre and Théâtre de L'Odéon, Paris) The Ferryman (Gielgud); Wolf From the Door and Fireworks (Royal Court). She is an associate artist of Manara Theatre co. Her play Gather Ye Rosebuds won best new play at the Brighton Fringe Festival.