UK organisations and initiatives promoting access, equality and diversity in the arts

This list is by no means comprehensive, but covers organisations mentioned in the Describing Diversity report

Act for Change ( promotes equality and diversity in the arts.

Access All Areas ( makes urban, disruptive performance by learning disabled and autistic artists.

Audio Description Association ( works to raise the standard and profile of audio description nationwide, supporting audio describers and facilitating a quality service for blind and partially sighted people.

BEATS ( British East and South East Asians in the Screen and Stage Industry). A not-for-profit advocacy organisation which seeks to humanise the representation of BESEA in arts and culture; increase the visibility of BESEA on the stages and screens and advocate for equal opportunity for BESEA in the theatre and screen industry.

Birds of Paradise ( is a theatre company based in Scotland, where disabled and non-disabled artists, writers and theatre-makers drawn from diverse cultures make world-class, innovative and accessible work that embeds creative access.

Deafinitely Theatre ( are the first deaf launched and deaf led professional theatre company in the uk producing quality bilingual theatre in british sign language and spoken English.

Devoted and Disgruntled ( is a nationwide conversation about theatre and the performing arts, run by theatre company Improbable (

Diverse City ( is an an award-winning organisation committed to equality and diversity in the arts.

Extant ( is the UK’s leading professional performing arts company of visually impaired artists and theatre practitioners, producing touring productions and delivering training regionally and internationally.

Graeae ( is a force for change in world-class theatre, boldly placing D/deaf and disabled actors centre stage and challenging preconceptions.

ProFile ( is a video database of D/deaf and disabled actors for use by casting directors and other professionals across the UK film, theatre and TV industries. A free service (both for actors and industry users) hosted by Spotlight and the National Theatre.

Ramps on the Moon ( is a a collaborative network of six National Portfolio Organisation theatres led by New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich: Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Nottingham Playhouse, Leeds Playhouse, Sheffield Theatres and strategic partner Graeae Theatre, which aims to enrich the stories we tell and the way we tell them by normalising the presence of D/deaf and disabled people both on and off stage.

Stagetext ( provides captioning and live subtitling services to theatres and other arts venues to make their activities accessible to people who are d/Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing.

Touretteshero ( celebrates and shares the creativity and humour of Tourettes with the widest possible audience, and promotes inclusion of neurodiversity in the arts.

Unscene Suffolk ( is a community theatre company for adults with visual impairment based in Suffolk, UK.

#WeShallNotBeRemoved ( is an alliance of organisations and individuals that campaigns for and supports D/deaf, neurodivergent and disabled creative practitioners and organisations through and after the coronavirus pandemic: to ensure a sustainable future for disability and inclusive arts in the UK, and amplify the voices of D/deaf, neurodivergent and disabled creative practitioners and disability arts organisations at a time of crisis for the arts and for disabled people.