The Academy

Join one of our drama courses

The Hijinx Academy is the only professional performance training course for actors with learning disabilities in Wales.

Hijinx Academies are vocational training courses in performance skills for actors with learning disabilities in Wales. 

We run two Academies in Cardiff, one in Carmarthen, one in Aberystwyth and one in Prestatyn.

Students on the Academy study a variety of skills including clowning, physical theatre and dance, contact improvisation, commedia dell’Arte, acting for camera & radio, forum theatre techniques and mask work, from accomplished tutors who are all active performers too.

Many students go on to perform in our professional productions, including Hijinx Pods, Unity Festival, Hijinx Residencies, our forum theatre projects.

All of the students are profiled on Hijinx Actors, our accessible casting platform for learning disabled actors.

Our aim is to create a pan-Wales community of talented learning disabled actors who have the ability to work professionally in theatre, TV, film and radio.

Our vision is to change the landscape of the arts in the UK, so that it becomes commonplace to see and hear performers with learning disabilities on our stages, screens and airwaves

Find out about how Hijinx Academies work in our Hijinx Academies Brochure

How can I get involved?

Hijinx Academies run two days a week for 50 weeks of the year. If you are 18+, have a learning disability and an interest in theatre please contact Dan McGowan to arrange a taster session at your nearest Academy.

 

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