Supporting the next generation of theatre makers

What is Ensemble?

Graeae’s Ensemble is a pioneering artist development programme for young D/deaf and disabled people passionate about theatre. If you do not identify as D/deaf or disabled, but have found it difficult to train or work in theatre due to a lack of access support, this is still for you.

The programme is delivered by Graeae alongside London’s leading drama schools, arts organisations and freelance theatre artists. These partnerships are founded on a mutual vision and passion to create an inclusive and diverse theatre environment where D/deaf and disabled artists are part of the industry’s future and recognised as part of the most passionate and talented artists.

The training is tailored to the interest of each year’s artists and has included:

o    Performance Techniques

o    Creating Theatre for Social Change

o    Technical Theatre Skills

o    Approaches to Classic and Contemporary Texts

o    Actor Preparation (breathing, movement, characterisation)

o    Workshop Facilitation

o    Physical Theatre

o    Voice

o    Approaches to Directing

o    Auditioning Techniques

o    Immersive Theatre


Ensemble artists are paired with a creative mentor and also offered regular networking opportunities and theatre trips, as well as ongoing support from Graeae beyond the programme.

Our Ensemble artists (2015-16 and 2017-18) have gone on to work in the industry as award nominated performers, theatre makers, assistant directors, workshop facilitators and realising their own productions.

Access support is provided across the programme, for e.g. access worker, sign language interpreters. Travel bursaries are also available for artists facing barriers to accessible transport within London.

Ensemble is based at Graeae in Hackney, London and at various accessible venues, campuses, and locations across London.

This training programme is free of charge.

Who is eligible and how to apply 

To apply to Ensemble you:

→ Will have a passion for developing a career in the arts and be excited by theatre

→ Be between 17 and 30 years of age

→ Be D/deaf or disabled, or have faced barriers to formal training, further education and/or employment due to your access needs not being met

→ Be based in London, or able to commute or relocate to fully participate in all aspects of the programme

→ Can be available for the full training

We are currently fundraising for the next Ensemble, but please get in touch if you would like to receive information.

To find out more about the next Ensemble, contact:
Jodi-Alissa Bickerton, Creative Learning Director
Tel: 0207 613 6900


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