Pathways: Year One

A mid shot of a young woman throwing her head back and laughing. She is onstage in the auditorium of a small-scale theatre.

At Extant, we were frustrated by the lack of clear pathways available to visually impaired performers looking to pursue a career or further professional training. So frustrated, in fact, that we decided to create one ourselves. 

Pathways is a free, year-long training programme designed exclusively for visually impaired performers demonstrating talent, commitment and potential for a career in performance. We're delighted to announce that in its first year, Pathways will be supporting Danielle Evans, Anthony Gough and Alex Williams from the North West, Chloe and Judith Maccombe from Northern Ireland, Megan John and Jake Sawyers from Cardiff, as well as Douglas Walker who will be familiar to those of you who attended our comedy double-bill earlier this summer. 

The programme will include:  

1. Monthly workshops delivered with some of the UK's leading drama schools, casting directors and theatre practitioners both visually impaired and sighted.

2. Regular mentoring sessions.

3. Bespoke, one-to-one support which may include audition preparation, help with applications for mainstream training or other placement opportunities within the industry. 

4. Continuing support from Extant once the programme has ended.

5. An opportunity to perform in a professionally resourced London theatre in an end-of-year showcase.

In subsequent years, Pathways will broaden its focus to include writers and directors as well as performers.

We are grateful to Arts Council England; The Leathersellers’ Company and Thomas Pocklington Trust for their support of the programme.