Apply for Graeae Beyond Bespoke Artist Development Programme

Beyond has supported 60 Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists in developing their careers, taking on new challenges & building successful connections
Beyond is back this year helping to develop greater access to regional opportunities across England ensuring Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists are at the forefront of new and emerging work. We recognise the immense value of our intersectionality across our communities, which includes Black, Asian, Global Majority, migrant, and LGBTQIA+ artists, which is why our approach is to be as bespoke as possible for each individual artist on the programme. 

Graeae have teamed up with 8 leading venues across England;

Octagon Theatre in Bolton
Nottingham Playhouse
Cast in Doncaster
Hull Truck Theatre
Shakespeare North in Prescot
Everyman in Liverpool
Derby Theatre
Mercury Theatre in Colchester

Together we are creating a national network of artistic support and development for Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists.


  • The programme runs from September 2024 until March 2026
  • The amount of time an artist will spend on the programme is dependant on each individuals availability.


The programme offers 18 months of bespoke support including:

  • mentoring
  • practical resources such as industry specific workshops,
  • creative spaces
  • micro-bursaries
  • networking opportunities
  • support with funding applications


  • This programme is designed to support artists who could most benefit from alliances with regional theatres in the North, North West, East Midlands, and East of England.
  • You might live, work or have a deep connection with any of the areas where our partner theatres are based: Bolton, Prescot, Nottingham, Derby, Hull, Liverpool, Doncaster or Colchester.


  • Graeae has a designated Access Manager who will oversee provision of access for all the artists both in the application process and once artists are on the programme itself.
  • Artists access requirements will be met by Graeae and your connected regional theatre.
  • If you choose and if appropriate you can also be supported in applying for Access to Work.

You can apply if

  • You are over 18 years old.
  • You are based in England and live, work or have a deep connection with any of the areas where our partner theatres are based: Bolton, Prescott, Nottingham, Derby, Hull, Liverpool, Doncaster, or Colchester.
  • You identify as Deaf, disabled or neurodivergent & have experienced barriers to the industry and ways of developing your creative career.
  • You are an emerging, mid career or established artist.
  • You have a record of commitment to creating live performance (online or in person) as a performer, writer, director, producer, designer or technician.

TO FIND OUT MORE AND APPLY: Bespoke Artist Development Programme – Graeae

Deadline: 15 May 2024

Source: Write A Play

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