Deaf Theatre Skills School
Solar Bear Theatre Company and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland are launching a pilot of a
Deaf Theatre Skills School (DTSS). This will involve 10-weeks of evening workshops for deaf
people age 16+ who would like to pursue a career in theatre and performance.
If interested in taking part, you will be asked to take part in an audition which will
take place in The Arches Theatre on Monday 19th March 6pm-9pm.
Candidates must prepare an audition piece which will be a maximum of two minutes long. It
can be anything that shows us your talent and potential. It can be movement, dance, movement and
sign or sign only. You can include speech or voice work. It can be a song, a mime… use your
Please bring along any props, music, or costume you may need. You will also be asked to take
part in a group physical workshop so please wear comfortable clothing.
If you are successful, workshops start on 2nd April, and run on Monday
evenings 6pm-9pm at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
DTSS workshops will be led by Gerry Ramage, Solar Bear's Artistic Director, Ramesh Meyyappan,
Solar Bear's Associate Artist and invited professionals from the Royal Conservatoire. On the final
week there will be a presentation performed for an invited audience. Successful candidates must
commit to attending classes every week.
If you are interested in auditioning for DTSS please email Solar Bear’s Artistic Director on
“Solar Bear is delighted and proud to be working with our partners at the Royal Conservatoire
of Scotland to establish formal pathways into the profession for young deaf actors. Together, we
are confident that our pilot training programme, launching in March, will result in new and
ground-breaking opportunities for a new generation of deaf actors and audiences alike. Our shared
vision will reflect and celebrate Scotland’s cultural diversity by ensuring that talented young
deaf people have access to quality training opportunities at the highest level.”
(Gerry Ramage, Artistic Director, Solar Bear Theatre Company)
“The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is delighted to be working in partnership with Solar Bear
Theatre Company. Together with Solar Bear’s Deaf Youth Theatre (DYT) we are launching a pilot
actor training programme. This is designed to offer conservatoire-style training for talented young
deaf actors; to begin to develop formal routes into training and into the profession. Our shared
passion for this work means that together we can make a difference to the diversity of Scotland’s
community of actors, thereby enriching the talent pool.”
(Maggie Kinloch, Vice Principal, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)