Thesis title: Staging Change: Engagement, Advocacy and Leadership in Learning Disability Theatre
Over the last two decades, learning disabled art and artists has progressively gained greater prominence, not least through the work of companies such as Mind the Gap. This research tries to answer questions such as 'How can venues across the United Kingdom increase visibility of learning disabled theatre and theatre makers to the general public?', 'What is the relevance of leadership by performers with learning disabilities, and what potential can this offer?' and 'Does embodied experience and knowledge developed through performance practice increase the development of effective models of leadership?’.
This research is run in collaboration with Mind the Gap, venues across the United Kingdom and learning disabled artists and aims to increase the visibility of learning disabled theatre and theatre makers, and offer skill development and advocacy opportunities for learning disabled people.