Fostering Talent

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About the Stellar Foundation

The Stellar Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting education and professional development for aspiring performing artists as well as facilitating social and
cultural exchanges.

 We provide resources for talented, deserving young artists who can benefit from top-level training in the performing arts but who, for a variety of reasons – whether personal, social or economic – are unable to pursue their dreams. 
The Stellar Foundation was launched in 2013 by Mark Lethem and Giles Auckland–Lewis, the founding partners of the Institute of the Arts Barcelona.

Ian Critchley – President

Originally from St. Helens, Merseyside Ian has spent over twenty-five years in the TV industry across ITV and the BBC where he established the
BBC’s Production Talent Network. He has been responsible for editorial talent management across all genres in production and commissioning on a pan UK basis.

With a particular focus on developing new talent and headhunting at the executive level for a range of award winning shows, from Strictly Come Dancing to Top Gear, Little Britain to Dr. Who, Ian is currently an independent talent consultant for Sony International television and also media advisor for On The Road action group.


 We believe that investing in education influences the development of people from all walks of life and transforms the environment in which we all live. 


Institute of the Arts Barcelona

The Institute of the Arts Barcelona is an exciting, dynamic and student-focused institution specialising in the provision of world-class higher education in the Performing Arts. Students are drawn from all over the world to benefit from UK university-validated vocational courses that are rigorous, interdisciplinary and transformative.

The Institute of Arts Barcelona is located in an iconic modern building in Sitges, a beautiful and cosmopolitan seaside resort close to Barcelona. The faculty – originally built as VW Audi’s global design headquarters – has been lovingly converted to provide a unique world-class performing arts facility including a 200-seat theatre and state-of-the-art dance and rehearsal studios as well as practice rooms, library, onsite café and plenty of space for relaxing.

At the Institute of Arts Barcelona, students benefit from a unique opportunity to study in a stimulating and cosmopolitan environment led by a core teaching staff of highly experienced, industry-aware professionals.


Talent With No Barriers

We believe that investing in education influences the development of people from all walks of life and transforms the environment in which we all live.

The Institute of Arts Barcelona offers a wonderful life-enhancing opportunity to young people; not only will students hone their performance skills but they will also benefit from an international cultural experience that will help them grow as confident young adults.

The Stellar Foundation has a very clear purpose: to help talented young people access a world-class education in the Performing Arts and to open doors to a better future.


You can play a key role in helping underserved youth and emerging performing artists. 


What We Do

We seek commitment and contributions from individuals, businesses and other non-profit organisations that can offer their skills, time or resources to the Stellar Foundation. In turn, we promote the Performing Arts as a foundation for personal development and community relations.

Through the Stellar Foundation bursary programme, we assist aspiring performers with access to a world-class education in the Performing Arts.

We facilitate performance opportunities at the Institute of the Arts Barcelona’s state-of-the-art facilities and tap in to our network of industry contacts to help those setting out on their chosen career as a performer.

Students wishing to apply for a bursary for a course at the Institute of the Arts Barcelona should NOT apply to the Stellar Foundation but should notify the IAB at the time of application. The IAB Scholarship Committee reviews each application on an individual basis and makes a recommendation to the Stellar Foundation for an award where appropriate.

The Stellar Foundation