Introduction to Accessibility in Theatre


In this introductory course by Isolte Avila and David Bower, Artistic Directors of Signdance Collective, that you can take for free and on your own time, you will learn practical access tools, how to rehearse, inclusive theatre teminology, and an abc in choreography.

With video tutorials and exclusive video footage recorded with Isolte and David you will understand how easy it is to create an accessible inclusive and diverse creative space.

When you take this course you will also get to know Signdance Collective better, one of the most inspiring theatre companies out there.





What Will I Learn?

  • Practical access tools
  • How to make an accessible casting
  • How to rehearse
  • Inclusive theatre teminology
  • Abc in choreography
  • What is Signdance Collective

Topics for this course

9 Lessons3h

How to Approach your Artistic Career

David’s Calling00:03:02

Introduction to Signdance Collective

British Sign Language Theatre Terminology

Practical Access Tools

How to Rehearse

ABC in Choreography


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About the instructors

Isolte Avila

Movement Director / Performer

Isolte was born in Cuba and trained with the Cuban ballet and members of the Alvyn Ailey Dance Company. She has a degree in dance from the California Institute of the Arts. Isolte studied and danced with Ismael Ivo and spent many summers at the wonderful Tanz Impuls Vienna . She also danced with Carlos Ortas's ChoreoArte in Venezula. She is the founder of the art form 'Signdance Theatre' and original pioneer of signdance™ created in 1987. Since the beginning, Isolte has developed the movement for many of the company's pioneering and award-winning performances. In 2001 Isolte formed Signdance Collective with Welsh actor David Bower.  Since then she has had the privilege of collaborating with Ana Monro Theatre Company, with Kate Lawrence UK and Ornella D'Agostino Carovana SMI.  Isolte is an international performer, collaborator and movement director at the Signdance Collective.
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1 Courses

15 students

David Bower

Artistic Director / Actor

Artistic Director/Actor, David Bower is a Welsh/English performer. He studied Theatre of the Deaf at Bulmershe College of Further Education. He joined the Basic Theatre Company, played ‘Gary’ in Ray Harrison-Graham's award-winning production "Gary", winning an Edinburgh Fringe First. He studied the newly created art form Signdance as an apprentice performer at Common Ground Sign Dance Theatre from 1989. He tours extensively, performing at major street theatre and theatre festivals worldwide. His films have been screened across the globe at festivals and events. 'Rapid Intervention' was shown at Cannes Film Festival. Radio work includes Quasimodo, ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame,’ BBC Radio 4, ‘Shall I say a Kiss,’ BBC Radio 4, ‘Dragonfly,’ BBC Radio 4, ‘A Small Piece of Silence’, 'The Heart is a Lonely Hunter', 2020. In July 2013, he recorded the radio version of Bad Elvis with the BBC and played the lead in the stage production. He is an associate artist at the BBC. He played Hugh Grant's brother in Four Weddings and a Funeral directed by Mike Newell and written by Richard Curtis.
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1 Courses

0 students

Beatriz Cabur is an awarded theatre director and playwright, living in London and working internationally. She has written and directed over 40 plays in 6 countries: the UK, the USA, Spain, Mexico, Italy, and Austria. Beatriz is an innovative and multi-faceted theatre professional with 20+ years of experience and a decade of expertise in digital and online theatre, directing and creating plays for zoom, youtube, facebook, twitter, skype and livestream channels since 2012. She is also a proven leader of international cultural organizations, known for her strategic and focused approach and for providing best-in-class cross-cultural management. Currently, she is Chief Strategist of Theatre.University For more information about them and their work go to beatrizcabur.com
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8 Courses

63 students

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This course is indispensable and imperative. If you make theatre you need to take it. There is no excuse to keep doing things wrong anymore. The accessibility tools and tips are so basic it kinds of puts us all to shame if we don't know and apply them. Thank you so much to the lovely teachers for taking the time to educate us in this matter. I really needed this course.


Material Includes

  • Video tutorials
  • Video interviews
  • Other Resources
  • Course Certificate

Target Audience

  • Theatre Professionals from all ages and career paths
  • Theatre Students from all ages and career paths
  • Theatre Venue Managers
  • Theatre Companies
  • Artistic Directors
  • General Managers