NT & Spotlight's video database for d/Deaf and Disabled actors

April 2017

The National Theatre and Spotlight are launching a pilot project which aims to increase the representation of D/deaf and disabled performers in the UK by showcasing this underrepresented pool of talent to industry professionals. 
We are creating a dedicated website, which will host video footage of each performer, consisting of one or two monologues, as well as additional skills where relevant (singing, dance, instruments etc.) for casting directors to use to cast their projects.
This project is open to professional actors who identify as D/deaf or disabled

There will be regular filming days over the coming months – some of which will be at the NT (wheelchair accessible) and some of which will be at Spotlight (not wheelchair accessible).
 We will also be holding dedicated days for those who require BSL interpretation. Once you have submitted your CV, Charlotte will be in touch over the next few weeks to arrange a date that works. Please bear with us, we have a lot of submissions to get through, but everyone will get a date eventually!

What to prepare…
Each actor will need to come prepared with one or two monologues of their own choosing (no longer than 2 minutes each) – if two, they should be contrasting, and at least one should be in the actor’s own accent. If the actor has any additional strong skills they would like to do (singing, playing an instrument etc) then we can film those too, please just let me know in advance and I’ll make sure we have time.

If you would like to submit yourself (or a client) please email your acting CV to Charlotte Bevan on cbevan@nationaltheatre.org.ukor by post to Charlotte Bevan, Directors Office, National Theatre, Upper Ground, London SE1 9PX.  

Please note, you do not have to be a member of Spotlight to take part, however if you are not on Spotlight, you will need to provide contact details for either yourself or your agent which can be published on the website should a casting director wish to get in touch with you.


Where it all began..
This initiative was created as part of the National Theatre’s Creative Diversity Project, a pilot project focusing on diversity and inclusion at the NT, one strand of which aims to address the under-representation of d/Deaf and disabled actors on our stages. Charlotte Bevan (running the Creative Diversity Project) was formerly a Casting Director at the NT and Shakespeare’s Globe, and designed this in order to widen the pool from which casting directors and directors draw their talent.

If you have any questions, please contact Charlotte on cbevan@nationaltheatre.org.uk

Charlotte Bevan

Creative Diversity Project

National Theatre