About Us – Access All Areas

About Us

Access All Areas makes award-winning, disruptive performance by learning disabled and autistic artists.

Our productions create intimate moments of interaction between performers and public, occupying unexpected spaces in venues, on the streets, online, and in public buildings.

As well as making shows, our company of Associate Artists works to make our culture more inclusive for learning disabled and autistic talent. We engage communities, train artists of the future, and work closely with TV, film, and theatre companies to make their work and workplaces more accessible.

We’ve developed a programme of work that challenges exclusion at every level of our culture. All our work, from productions, to consultancy, to creative workshops, is co-led by Access All Areas’ learning disabled and autistic artists, ensuring lived experience drives everything we do.

Our work has 4 focuses

We create

We make shows. Live, digital, onstage, offstage, backstage, virtual reality, TV, film, in our public buildings and in your streets.

First and foremost, we’re a company of artists with stories to tell. All our work is co-created from the lived experience of learning disabled and autistic artists.

We change

Our society is ableist. We want to change it.

Through our consultancy programme, we train, support and co-create with TV, film, and theatre .

We run access training, offer bespoke creative support to learning disabled and autistic talent, and co-create scripts. We’re ready to work with any production team, broadcaster, theatre, casting director, or company that wants to make their work and workplaces more accessible.

We train

Traditional routes to professional careers in the arts are usually closed to learning disabled and autistic creatives.

Through our Diploma, our Associate Artists Programme and our ground-breaking Transforming Leadership work, we work with artists to develop the skills they need in an accessible way.

We train, develop, and mentor some of the world’s leading learning disabled and autistic artists and leaders at every stage of their careers, and support them into sustainable work in the arts.

We engage

No one should be left out of the arts because of access needs.

Our Take Part programme of sensory and creative workshops improves wellbeing, fosters community inclusion, and supports learning disabled and autistic people in our communities to make great art.

And we’re partnering with some of the best in the industry to do it, including Netflix, Sky Studios, Television Access Project (TAP), Screenskills, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Battersea Arts Centre, The Lowry, Cultural Governance Alliance, and many others.