Graeae Ensemble: Certificate of Higher Education Theatre Making and Leadership

Graeae Ensemble was established in 2015 to deliver a radical alternative to traditional drama training. Ensemble’s driving mission is to serve new generations of diverse Deaf and disabled talent to thrive as equals in the UK’s theatre industry, on stage and off.

The course offers unparalleled access to industry and training expertise whilst artists can develop their skills in a fully accessible training environment.

Graeae Ensemble is a pioneering Cert HE in Theatre Making and Leadership accredited by Rose Bruford College and is proudly disabled-led. The course is delivered by highly skilled practitioners and visionary artists and supported by mentors working in the theatre industry, TV, film and radio.

By undertaking this course, you will develop skills in acting, performance and accessible theatre making which forms part of the course’s final devising process culminating in a public performance in 2022.

The is a level 4 course with 120 credits.

The fee for this course is £9,250. This includes all training, course materials, theatre visits, access to Graeae’s library of plays and Rose Bruford College’s learning resources, and 1:1 mentoring.

For information about bursaries through Rose Bruford College please click here and you can also apply to the Snowdon Trust here


View the full Programme Specification here, these are delivered across the 4 modules:

  • Skills of the Theatre Maker
  • Approaches to Performance
  • Think, Reflect, Share
  • Platform (rehearsals and production)

View the full Module Specifications here, they include units in:

  • Acting Techniques
  • Approaches to Performance
  • Theatre for Social Change
  • Approaches to Text
  • Directing
  • Workshop Design and Facilitation
  • Devising


The course is traditionally run from Graeae’s fully accessible building in Hoxton and at Rose Bruford College in Sidcup as well as at the venues of our partner drama schools.

The course also offers mentoring, regular networking opportunities, free theatre tickets and ongoing support from Graeae beyond the completion of the course.

Discover week*
Monday 6 September –  Friday 10 September 2021
10am – 3pm (with lunch and comfort breaks)
Delivered onsite at Graeae and Rose Bruford College (London and Kent) – TBC
This course could be delivered online to ensure a covid-safe environment for those who may be still shielding or vulnerable under the pandemic*

Ensemble: Cert HE in Theatre Making and Leadership
22 November 2021 – 31 July 2022
Full time


Graeae acknowledges the importance of face to face learning and collaboration whilst also embracing the benefits of digital learning, both to ensure a high standard of professional drama training.

In 2021, this course could be delivered online to provide a covid-safe environment for those who may be still shielding or made vulnerable under the pandemic.

In 2022, this course is set to be delivered as face to face learning at Graeae and Rose Bruford College (London and Kent). Approximately 20% of this course could be delivered online including discussion-based tutorials, research and reading and 1:1 industry mentoring.


To be considered for this course, your application will demonstrate that you meet the following criteria:

  • Be aged between 17 and 29 (as of 10 September 2021)
  • Be passionate about theatre
  • Be ready to take on new challenges and move outside comfort zones (access requirements will be met at all times to ensure a level playing field)
  • Be committed to working as a member of a performance ensemble
  • Be Deaf and/or disabled, or have faced barriers to formal training, further education and/or employment due to access needs not being met
  • Be available to train full-time from January – July 2022

If your application is selected, you will be asked to attend the Discover week. Discover is a one-week short course of ‘taster’ sessions, plus an audition. The audition process is warmly facilitated in a supportive environment. Guidance is offered in advance of the Discover week if you would like help to choose and prepare your audition piece.

Access and Dignity

Graeae does not compromise on access for their artists, so they ensure every aspect of this course has a strong commitment to making it accessible for all.

The entirety of this course is delivered in wheelchair accessible venues and studio spaces. All access and communication support such as BSL/SSE interpreters are provided across the course. This provision can include access support in getting to and from the sessions. Individualised access support can be arranged with you in advance of you commencing the course.

If you would like access support, we will support you with an application to Disabled Students’ Allowance which can include Access Support Workers, Sign Language Interpreters, accessible taxis, IT equipment and computer software.

Travel bursaries are available for artists facing barriers to accessible transport within London and Kent.

You can read more about Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) here.

Published on:
2 Mar 2021


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