Pathways is Extant’s pioneering four-year-long programme that aims to influence, embed and improve greater awareness of and accessibility for blind and visually impaired practitioners across the theatre industry. We aim to do this through the following three approaches:
- Training programmes for approximately 10 visually impaired people each year. Supporting visually impaired and blind practitioners towards making a more sustainable professional career in the arts. In Year 1 in 2018 – 2019 we focused on acting, in Year 2 (2019-22, extended due to Covid) we are focusing on directing, and writers came on stream in Year 3 (2021-22). Year 4 (2022-23) will welcome Backstage and Crew. Delivery of each year’s programme includes: masterclasses, mentoring, shadowing and a Showcase.
- Visual Impairment awareness training for Theatre Practitioners/Companies, known as V.I. TAP. This aims to offer inclusive ideas for workshop/rehearsal delivery when working with visually impaired artists.
- Roundtable discussions for professionals within the theatre industry to discuss questions and perceived challenges to accessibility for visually impaired artists with a view to stimulate sector improvement.
Call-out: shadowing opportunities
Extant are looking for shadowing opportunities for their Pathways Directors.
If you are a theatre company or venue who could accommodate a Pathways Director during a rehearsal period up to and including 31st March 2022, please email [email protected].
Save the Date: Pathways Directors Showcase, Friday 28th January 2022, 7-9.30pm at Cockpit Theatre.