Training for Artists

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DIY has developed a range of training for practitioners and cultural organisations in areas such as creative evidencing and inclusive practice.

We run workshops for students of Applied Theatre and Disability Studies at a number of universities including University of Salford and University of Manchester.

We have also created and presented at a number of conferences. This includes

  • The Creative Minds North Conference in Manchester in 2017, where we collaborated with The Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Company to run workshops around issues of Quality in Learning Disability Arts.
  • A Question of Leadership Conference at Liverpool Hope University in 2018 – please visit our dedicated page for more information on this.

Emerging Artists Training Opportunity - with photo of a training session

Are you an Emerging Artist interested in developing your inclusive practice?

DIY are looking for new Supporters as we expand our work with Adults and Young People with Learning Disabilities as part of an exciting new three year ‘Passing the Baton’ programme being funded by the Community Lottery.

We are particularly interested in hearing from D/deaf disabled artists and artists from a Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic background or People Of Colour.

We are developing our pool of Associate Artists and Supporters, and as part of this are offering a unique Training and Development Opportunity for Emerging Artists who are interested in learning more about DIY’s models of shared leadership and inclusive practice.

Our Training and Development Opportunity includes:

  • A free full day’s training on Shared Leadership and Inclusive Practice with DIY company members on Friday 22 March, from 10.30am to 2pm. The Training will take place at at the Angel Centre, 1 St Phillip’s Place, Salford M3 6FA. Lunch will be provided.
  • Opportunities to shadow sessions, work alongside company members and receive bespoke one to one mentoring from DIY Practitioners and our Access Coordinator.
  • The opportunity to be added to DIY’s pool of Associate Artists and Supporters.

To apply for this Training and Development Opportunity please send us an Expression of Interest to diytheatre@gmail.comThis should be no longer than one side of A4 telling us:

  • a little bit about yourself, including your creative interests / experience
  • why you are interested in developing your skills in accessible and inclusive practice

Deadline for applications is Friday 15thMarch at 5pm.

Please Note:  An Enhanced DBS is required for this opportunity. If you would like guidance about obtaining this, please contact

[I would recommend this training] to anyone looking to work in this field.  It is quite the experience”

About DIY:

DIY Theatre Company is one of the UK’s leading learning disability theatre companies. Established for over 20 years, we have been performing and delivering workshops in theatres, schools and conferences across the North West and beyond.  DIY is a member-led organisation. Hence our company members, adults with learning disabilities, are integral to every level of our organisation. This includes chairing the board of trustees, leading outreach projects and creating new theatre and performances.

DIY is a unique organisation and we believe it is essential that everyone who works with us understand our ethos and practice. For this reason we have designed this training offer as an opportunity for you to find out more about us and the ways we work, and, for us to find out more about you and how you work.

The insight into shared leading has been valuable. It was brilliant to see a clear example of how working in this way could be achieved.”

Upcoming Roles & Opportunities:

In the short term we are looking for additional Supporters to work on our Education and Outreach Programmes. In the medium term we want to broaden our pool of Associate Artists and Supporters as we extend our creative offer to children, young people and adults with learning disabilities.

Associate Artists and Supporters of DIY are offered:

  • ongoing mentoring and supervision.
  • opportunities to attend two Associate Networking meetings per year.
  • potential paid work on DIY projects as they develop.

If you have any questions please feel free to email us at

Sharing the Space!

picture from our Sharing the Space training day

In June 2018 DIY ran our very first training session for drama workers and other creative practitioners – ‘ Sharing the Space!’

This proved to be a fantastic opportunity for members of  DIY Theatre Company to share our experiences  of creating multi-sensory, interactive and accessible theatre for young people with a range of learning disabilities.

Throughout the training day participants worked closely with company members to understand the techniques and principles we use at DIY and to explore how they could use them within their own practice. Participants experienced DIY’s current show, Give Me Space! and had the opportunity to create their own multi-sensory planets. 

Eleven people attended – some were local and some had travelled quite a distance to attend the day.  – and we had some very positive feedback from participants, which will be very useful in shaping training sessions in the future. 

What people said about Sharing the Space:

You created such an open environment which allowed us the freedom to experiment and ask questions. I loved having the opportunity to work with DIY cast members in the break out groups”

Great friendly atmosphere, role modelling, handing over leadership to LD adults

Loved the practical elements during the afternoon. Fab sharing of the space.

It made me realise how you can achieve. To keep an open mind on the different things you can do

It has given me confidence that a programme could be developed in which learning disabled adults could deliver for the benefit of learning disabled young people

Thank you for such a valuable, inclusive and inspiring event