Graeae Ensemble: Cert of HE in theatremaking & leadership

Arts, Culture, Heritage, Disability

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Graeae Ensemble was established in 2015 to deliver a radical alternative to traditional drama training. Ensemble’s driving mission is to serve new generations of diverse Deaf and disabled talent to thrive as equals in the UK’s theatre industry, on stage and off.

Graeae’s Ensemble Cert HE course in Theatre Making and Leadership is a level 4 course in creative partnership with Rose Bruford College, as well as Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, LAMDA and RADA.

The course offers unparalleled access to industry and training expertise whilst artists can develop their skills in a fully accessible training environment.

Graeae Ensemble is a pioneering Cert HE in Theatre Making and Leadership accredited by Rose Bruford College and is proudly disabled-led. The course is delivered by highly skilled practitioners and visionary artists and supported by mentors working in the theatre industry, TV, film and radio.

By undertaking this course, you will develop skills in acting, performance and accessible theatre making which forms part of the course’s final devising process culminating in a public performance in 2022.

The is a level 4 course with 120 credits.

What you will learn

The course is delivered across the 4 modules:

  • Skills of the Theatre Maker
  • Approaches to Performance
  • Think, Reflect, Share
  • Platform (rehearsals and production)

The course includes units in: 

  • Acting Techniques
  • Approaches to Performance
  • Theatre for Social Change
  • Approaches to Text
  • Directing
  • Workshop Design and Facilitation
  • Devising

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What you require

To be considered for this course, your application will demonstrate that you meet the following criteria:

  • Be aged between 17 and 29 (as of 10 September 2021)
  • Be passionate about theatre
  • Be ready to take on new challenges and move outside comfort zones (access requirements will be met at all times to ensure a level playing field)
  • Be committed to working as a member of a performance ensemble
  • Be Deaf and/or disabled, or have faced barriers to formal training, further education and/or employment due to access needs not being met
  • Be available to train full-time from January – July 2022

To be considered for this course we ask you to make an initial application. The aim of the application is to learn more about you, the actor/theatre maker you wish to become and how the Ensemble training could benefit and support your ambitions.

If your application is selected, we will ask you to attend the Discover week. Discover is a one-week short course of ‘taster’ sessions, plus an audition. The audition process is warmly facilitated in a supportive environment. Our guidance is offered in advance of the Discover week if you would like help to choose and prepare your audition piece.



Bradbury Studios, Greater London, E2 8DY

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