Graeae’s ensemble training programme for D/deaf and disabled theatremakers is to become an accredited course for the first time this year, with the support of Rose Bruford College.
The level four qualification, accredited by Rose Bruford College, will deliver four modules for participants, including approaches to performance and a showcase of work developed over the course.
LAMDA, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and RADA also remain partners of the programme, which is now in its third year.
Graeae has also announced the seven members of the Ensemble 2020: Jamie Green, James Greenhalgh, Jamie Hale, Jennifer Gambles, Katie Watson, Sophie Tennison and Stephen Reeder.
Alumni of the programme include The Stage Debut Award winner Jamal Ajala, Kellan Frankland and Terri Donovan.
Jodi-Alissa Bickerton, creative learning director at Graeae, said: “Nothing yet exists like Ensemble. It is an utter dream to train a new generation of talent who in turn drive our ambition and learning as a company.
“With talented alumni underpinning its success, Ensemble gets stronger with every new cohort and growing artistic and social investment from drama schools.”
Graeae patron Matt Fraser added: “Graeae’s newly accredited Ensemble programme is a result of Graeae’s longstanding partnership with Rose Bruford College.
“This exciting new phase strengthens the mission towards full inclusion across UK drama schools and theatrical training.”
Ensemble 2020 is supported by The Stage, Arts Council England, the Backstage Trust and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.