GRAEAE Ensemble Certificate of Higher Education

  • GRAEAE Ensemble Certificate of Higher Education
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About this course


6 months

Term Start

29 January 2020

Entry Requirements

  • Have a passion and commitment to theatre / performance
  • Identify as D/deaf or D/disabled, or have faced barriers to formal training, further education and/or employment due to your access needs not being met
  • Be hardworking and open to new ways of working
  • Be prepared to be challenged whilst in a supportive, accessible environment
  • No prior qualifications are required, but you must be dedicated to forging a career in the arts

Audition Requirements

To be eligible for GRAEAE Ensemble you need to undertake the short course Discover in 2019. There are 20 places avaible on Discover, of which 10 artists will progress onto GRAEAE Ensemble. You will need to prepare in advance a 3 minute monologue or presentation for sharing on the last day of the course Friday 25 October 2019.

You can choose to perform a monologue, a short movement piece, deliver a presentation of a set design you have/or would like to make, or a presentation of a project or production you would like to create.

Graeae is a force for change in world-class theatre, boldly placing D/deaf and disabled actors centre stage and challenging preconceptions. 

‚ÄčThe Ensemble course 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 course is still for you.

Why choose this course?

  • Theatre-making training, individually and as an ensemble, on and off-stage roles, led by leading drama school tutors and expert Deaf and disabled theatre-practitioners
  • You will be training across Graeae’s fully accessible and equipped venue in Hoxton and at Rose Bruford, with all access support provided and tailored to your requirements.
  • Alongside varied and highly creative modules, you will develop skills in accessible theatre-making such as creative captioning and audio description which will form part of the course’s final devising process culminating in a public performance.
  • The course is led by Graeae Theatre Company, accredited by Rose Bruford College* and delivered in partnership with LAMDA, CSSD and RADA whom will all be teaching on the course.
  • We recognise the importance of face to face teaching for practice-based programmes, and as the pandemic progresses, we will continue to deliver face to face teaching whenever possible. All of our programmes safely delivered face to face teaching in Autumn term 2020 with rigorous COVID 19 safety procedures in place.

Employability & Industry

Our artist graduate as uniquely creative collaborators and inclusive theatre-makers.

Equipped with core skills in performance, theatre-making, accessible devising and reflective processes this course helps create pathways to employment and further training alongside supporting a positive influence on the industry’s opportunities for D/deaf and disabled artists.

Ensemble artists have gone on into the industry as Assistant Directors (Old Vic, National Theatre), award-nominated performers, secured funding for developing work and gone onto playwriting courses.

Fee and Application Information

29 January 2020 – 24 July 2020 (Wedneday, Thursday and Friday)

How to Apply

You must apply to the short course Discover to be considered for GRAEAE Ensemble 2020. Discover takes place between 21 - 25 October 2019.

Please fill in an application pack and apply by Tuesday 24 September 2019 by visiting

2020/2021 Fees

The fee for UK/EU students will be confirmed in late December 2019, but is expected to be £9,250.

Course content

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

  • Performance Techniques
  • Creating Theatre for Social Change
  • Technical Theatre Skills
  • Approaches to Classic and Contemporary Texts
  • Actor Preparation (breathing, movement, characterisation)
  • Workshop Facilitation
  • Physical Theatre
  • Voice
  • Approaches to Directing
  • Auditioning Techniques
  • Immersive Theatre

Download the Programme Specification

Download the Module Specifications