BEYOND – Graeae’s bespoke Artist Development programme


Graeae’s bespoke Artist Development programme is back! Starting in 2020 it has supported 48 Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists in developing their careers, taking  on new challenges & building successful connections.

The programme

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Beyond is helping to develop greater access to regional opportunities across England ensuring Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists are at the forefront of new and emerging work. We recognise the immense value of our intersectionality across our communities, which includes Black, Asian, Global Majority, migrant, and LGBTQIA+ artists, which is why our approach is to be as bespoke as possible for each individual artist on the programme.

Graeae have teamed up with 7 leading venues across England ; Octagon Theatre in Bolton, Nottingham Playhouse, Cast in Doncaster, Hull Truck, Shakespeare North in Prescot, Everyman in Liverpool and Derby Theatre. Together we are creating a national network of artistic support and development for Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists.

 “I am so confident now when entering a room, working on a project, going to an audition. Because of this project I understand how to hold myself as a professional in the industry.”
Beyond artist 

Watch Artist Development Manager, Laura Guthrie tell us about the Beyond Programme


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  • The programme runs from September 2023 until March 2025
  • The amount of time spent on the programme is set by each individual artist according to their availability.


  • It offers 18 months of bespoke support including:
  • mentoring
  • practical resources such as industry specific workshops,
  • creative spaces
  • micro bursaries
  • networking opportunities
  • support with funding applications


  • This programme is designed to support artists who could most benefit from alliances with regional theatres in the North, North East, North West, East Midlands.
  • You might live, work or have a deep connection with any of the areas where are partner theatres are based: Bolton, Prescott, Nottingham, Derby, Hull, Liverpool or Doncaster.


  • Graeae has a designated Access Manager who will oversee provision of access for all the artists both in the application process and once artists are on the programme itself.
  • Artists access requirements will be met by Graeae or your connected regional theatre.
  • If you choose & if appropriate you can also be supported in applying for Access To Work.

Who can apply

  • If you are over 18 years, you can be at the start, middle or be many years into your career.
  • You just need to have a record of commitment to creating live performance (online or in person) as a performer, writer, director, producer, designer or technician.
  • There are 20 places available to Deaf, disabled or neurodivergent artists who want to create live performance, develop an idea, find new collaborations, be seen & heard, but cannot get beyond barriers to developing or continuing their practice.

How to apply

Stage 1
Complete an Expression of Interest Form and an Equal Opp form.

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The form can be completed in any format accessible to you, audio recording, BSL video, word doc or via a supported online conversation with Laura Guthrie.

Final date for submitting Expression of Interest form is Monday 26th June 2023

Stage 2
Meeting Invitation. Your Expression of Interest form will be read by Graeae and a partner venue. If it is clear Beyond could be a useful programme for you, a meeting in June or July will be set up for us to talk with you about your work.

Stage 3

Programme invitation. Following the meeting if we are all sure Beyond is right for you, we will send you confirmation of your place on the programme by the beginning of August.

We welcome applications in any format accessible to the artist.

Manishta Sunnia:  Artist Development Coordinator

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