'Graeae's Ensemble programme is a vital tool in the training of D/deaf and disabled drama students. As we all strive towards full inclusion in all UK drama schools and theatrical training facilities, Ensemble will offer many of the required skills to young artists who cannot access these mainstream schools due, in a large part, to the lack of access in these old institutions and curriculums. Our hope is that Ensemble encourages more D/deaf and disabled people to engage in professional theatre and highlights how much more inclusive other drama training needs to be, if disabled professionals are going to be trusted and respected with equality in the work place.'
Mat Fraser, Graeae Patron
By supporting a third year of the Ensemble programme, YOU are investing in a new generation of D/deaf and disabled artistic leaders, and can make a real difference to the lives of young D/deaf and disabled people wanting to develop a career within theatre and the arts. You’ll also help to ensure that the theatre industry reflects the diversity of our country for future generations.
'I have grown more than I could have imagined. I have worked with some of the industry's best and have managed to break down personal barriers. This was the best way for me to start my career as an actor. Graeae has helped me so much.' Ensemble Graduate
Created in response to the many barriers that D/deaf and disabled students face within mainstream training and a lack of diversity within the current theatre climate, Graeae's Ensemble programme delivers world-class training in a variety of disciplines from industry professionals and leading drama schools including RADA, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, LAMDA and Rose Bruford College.
It provides an unparalleled stepping-stone to prepare young artists for further drama school training or employment. Through shared learning with drama schools and professional artists it sparks a revolution across the industry, creating new careers for D/deaf and disabled artists.
‘Ensemble has a level of patience, encouragement, support, understanding and space to breathe. It’s extraordinary, this is a very high level of professionalism.’ Ensemble Graduate
Two highly successful years of the Ensemble programme have been run, with many graduates going on to work in the industry as award-nominated performers, theatre makers and assistant directors. However, for all artists who we train through the programme, it becomes clear that there are many more young D/deaf and disabled people out there, for whom Ensemble is an essential stepping-stone into the industry.
‘Ensemble is a remarkable and possibly unique actor training initiative that seeks to facilitate and enable the imagination and talents of young actors who otherwise might not have the opportunity to explore their potential as artists.’ Annie Tyson, Acting Tutor, RADA
This is why it’s so important we run a third year of the programme, and why your support is so essential.