Training Opportunity

Performance Making Diploma for Learning Disabled and Autistic Adults

The Performance Making Diploma is leading the way in providing high quality performance training to learning disabled and autistic artists.

Running over two years, this course nurtures new generations of exceptional learning disabled and autistic performers and theatre makers. The Performance Making Diploma gives artists the training, time and space they need to develop their work in an accessible and supportive environment.

Training is bespoke, delivered with students’ individual needs in mind, with tutors who understand Access All Areas’ methodologies for creating bold, innovative devised work by learning disabled performers. Students are encouraged to consider their own needs and wellbeing throughout the course, supported and guided by an experienced team of access professionals.

This course is run in partnership with learning disabled theatre company, Access All Areas. The course normally takes place at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, in London.

Course content:

- Working with leading industry professionals, you will create your own performances in different contemporary styles
- You will have the opportunity to think about the type of work you want to make after graduation, and will study with leading acting, casting, voice and movement tutors, developing your skills as actors
- All training is co-led by an experienced learning disabled tutor
- On graduation, you will gain a Level 2 qualification in Performance Making, and will receive personalised exit strategies to guide you through the next steps in your careers


The course is open to anyone over the age of 18 who identifies as learning disabled or autistic. There is no upper age limit.

Applicants do not need to hold any existing qualifications to apply.

Applicants should have some experience in theatre and performance and an interest in pursuing a career as a professional artist. There is no minimum or maximum level of experience; previous students have joined us having only been in school plays, or having already worked professionally in theatre, film and television. We are interested in meeting emerging artists of all levels of experience who are excited about making their own work, and who want to develop their skills further.

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