Theatre director training for visually impaired practitioners

Initial workshops will take place in November 2019, and this three-day introduction to the skills and career path of a director will be followed up by a bespoke course in 2020.

The three days will include a series of workshops delivered by experienced visually impaired and sighted practitioners, led by directors from Extant and the Young Vic theatre. The sessions will cover an introduction to:

  • running a rehearsal room
  • directing from page to stage
  • physical approaches to directing from a visually impaired perspective: including integrated access when starting to create a production

Summer 2020:

Pathways Directors have been working hard throughout the summer – attending a range of Zoom masterclasses relating to “Building Confidence in Directing”. Recent masterclass leads included Chloe Clarke who runs Elbow Room Theatre Company in Cardiff; and Jatinder Verma from Jatinder Verma Productions (former artistic director of Tara Theatre). Chloe explored creative audio description with the group; and Jatinder ‘From Play to Stage’ – from interpretation of the script through to audience response. Feedback is influencing the October masterclass intensive – which will be a series of six masterclasses across a range of approaches from industry professionals.

We have adapted our VI TAP training for theatre practitioners – in view of the Covid situation. The training now takes place over two sessions, the first one on Zoom and the second face-to-face. By running it across two sessions: it will allow the smaller group of ten, the chance to apply the work before session two. We will be delivering VI TAP training to a range of groups across the UK.

This autumn will see us setting up shadowing opportunities for our Pathways Directors. If you know of rehearsal periods coming up (digital or face to face), please email: We would love to hear from you.

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