Student Work Experience Programme

A brilliant and fun way to gain work experience

Work Experience Programme & Professional Placements

Head2Head offers opportunities for young people with special needs to gain experience in life and social skills working on live and virtual productions as stage managers, voice over artists and performers. The volunteers are guided and mentored by members of our professional acting team and, at the end of their experience, they receive a Head2Head t-shirt and a written report that may be included in a job application folder.

When touring South London and S.E. England we work in collaboration with special school venues offering opportunities to their students.

In addition, participants from across the U.K. work remotely on virtual sessions, rehearsing with a professional actor before performing 3 zoom shows in one day. Each show is attended by 7 families many of whom have commented on how encouraging it is to see a trainee neuro-diverse actor working alongside a professional, neurotypical actor and that it has given them hope for their child’s future.

We also offer stage management, voice over and performance opportunities in film work, both on set and on location, some of which are professional engagements.

From our Fetcham base we collaborate with The Orpheus Centre, a specialist performing arts college in Godstone. Their students are encouraged to live independent lives, such as making breakfast and doing their own laundry. Our Programme has added a further dimension to their lives with a need to be good timekeepers, to seek clarification of an instruction, to work with new people and to learn new skills.

Our plans are ambitious. We propose using the Work Experience Programme as a launch pad for careers in the theatre. We provide paid actor opportunities for young people with disabilities in our film work and are in collaboration with an inclusive theatrical agency so that any young person who works with us may be considered for agency work.

 

Anyone interested in learning more about the opportunities available for young people who are neuro-diverse should contact the Work Experience Programme Co-ordinator, Edd Livesey-Casey on wep@h2hsensorytheatre.com

Harry Phillips – Blackbeard Zoom Session

“I enjoy the story and my big role. The script was funny with jokes. It was nice to have a audiences for each show. The finale makes the children smile. Each show makes me proud of my day. I am looking forward to more Head2Head coming up in the future .”

Head2Head Sensory Theatre is a registered UK charity providing multi-sensory theatre experiences and shows to young people with special educational needs and learning disabilities

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