What you'll study

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

​The 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.

Graeae Ensemble Theatre at Rose Bruford College

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

Course breakdown

Course content is regularly reviewed to keep it relevant and current. Course modules are therefore subject to change.

To be eligible for GRAEAE Ensemble you need to undertake the short course Discover in 2021. There are 20 places available 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.

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

So, ready?