Supporting Disabled and Neurodivergent Creatives
Who Is It For?Anyone in a position of authority and/or decision making in the fields of theatre, improvisation, comedy, cabaret, and podcasting.
Reviews"It felt like my entire MA's 12-week Disability Theatre module packed into just two hours!"Victoria Hogg, DDG"Amy and Erin were brilliant to work with. They responded positively to the set brief, and delivered a hosted discussion on neurodivergent experience that we were really thrilled with. I would recommend them to anyone looking to develop understanding or awareness of topics related to neurodiversity, disability and chronic illness."Ali Wilson, Every Brain"Amy and Erin are great and really know their stuff - I've been fortunate to have received constructive and helpful advice from both of them."Jenny Rowe, The Maydays
Why?With at least 18% of working-age people in Britain defined as disabled under the Equality Act 2010, and 1 in 7 people defined as neurodivergent, your business could be losing out on income if not adequately equipped to work with disabled and neurodivergent people.
About UsAmy Dickinson (she/her) has worked in lived experience roles both regionally and on a European level. She is currently studying for her Masters at the University of Oxford in Translational Health Sciences, studying what affects how research is put into practice. Amy has 17 years of amateur theatre and improvisation experience, and is a confident facilitator, presenter and interviewer. You can find Amy on Twitter at @DIOStream.
Erin Enfys (they/them) is a disabled, neurodivergent and LGBTQ+ performance artist. They have created three shows for the UK Fringe circuit, as well as being a regular performer of comedy, music, cabaret, and improvisation (The Parentheticals, Extreme Improv, Just One More Thing). They produce and present the improv comedy podcast and live streaming Twitch channel Contrived and Insufferable. Prior to this, they were the co-host and production assistant on award-winning podcast Mental - The Podcast to Destigmatise Mental Health. On their own Twitch channel, Erin creates vital spaces for neurodivergent, queer and disabled people for safe productive creative practices and community. Erin has also had a career in theatre, film and musicals, namely Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens (Soho and Clapham), and Cinderella (Walt Disney) directed by Kenneth Branagh. They are originally from Wales and trained in Musical Theatre at the London College of Music. You can find Erin on Twitter and Instagram at @ErinEnfys.
Mission StatementWe strive to educate and raise awareness of disability and neurodivergence inclusion within the arts.We are committed to diversity and inclusion in both our output and our working practices, and actively seek out opportunities to work with people from all walks of life.It would be hypocritical of us to teach "put your money where your mouth is" and not do it ourselves!
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Available WorkshopsCreate Access Bronze CourseAimed at teachers, leaders, and directors of improv companies, this 2.5 hour workshop is a foundation crash course in supporting, teaching, and playing alongside disabled and neurodivergent improvisers.The first half of the workshop is interactive, scenario-based discussion and the second half is more lecture-style where you'll have the chance to ask questions without any judgement, and learn from practitioners with first-hand, lived experience.Create Access Silver CourseAll of the above spread over a half day, so naturally, we've included a little more information that usually gets glossed over in our Bronze course due to time constraints. You'll also have more chances to ask questions and this may feel a little more like a consultancy or mentoring experience rather than a seminar. Also works well for neurodivergent or disabled practitioners as there's more time to digest and take breaks.Create Access Gold CourseWe are currently developing a short course that includes all of the above, spread over several evenings with even more content and chances to ask those all important questions for a much more in depth approach. This would suit an organisation or individuals. Stay tuned for more updates.