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Wednesday 30 May 2018, 3pm

RADA has partnered with Deafinitely Theatre on their new Hub project, which provides professional theatre training for emerging Deaf artists.

The year-long programme, which has been developed and expanded from a previous pilot scheme, comprises a variety of Industry Insights workshops including courses in acting, writing and other aspects of the theatre industry, such as stage management. The Hub will also provide two year-long one-to-one mentorship schemes, as well as a series of networking events and other opportunities throughout the year. Interpreter and caption support will be offered across the whole programme.

Following the programme, Deafinitely Theatre continues its long-term commitment to supporting deaf artists across the industry inviting participants of the programme to apply for paid internships and acting roles with the company.

Paula Garfield, Artistic Director of Deafinitely Theatre said: "For the last few years, it has been amazing to see more and more mainstream theatre companies hire deaf actors, yet whilst it’s an exciting time for Deaf actors to work in high profile companies, we do need Deaf actors and theatre makers to have accessible opportunities to drama training.

"The long term aim for Hub is to establish a tailor-made full-time drama course accessible for both Deaf and hearing.

"We are so excited that Hub will be this first step. I am so delighted that we have wonderful partners on board supporting us with this project."

Alongside City Lit and the Royal Court, RADA is partnering on the project to assist Deafinitely Theatre in designing and curating a tailored course full of exciting and challenging opportunities.

Membership is £5 and participants will receive their first workshop free as well as a discount on subsequent classes; further benefits include free tickets to theatre shows, invites to networking events and the opportunity to take part in the showcase.

A taster day for prospective members will take place on Saturday 14 July at RADA. Further details on this, and information on how to become a Hub member, will be available from the Deafinitely Theatre website soon; in the meantime please sign up to the Deafinitely Theatre mailing list to receive updates on Hub membership.