Our Training Approach

Our values and ways of working are underpinned by optimism, creativity and community and is infused by our professional practice as artists. We work to activate personal, empathetic connections that bring about fresh thinking around access and diversity.

We believe that meaningful engagement around equality and diversity is dependent on ‘falling in love’ with new ways of thinking. Significant change involves a shift from the ‘ought’ to ‘want’ position – and an appreciation of the ‘carrot’ rather than the ‘stick’ of inclusion and representation.

We create non-threatening environment where the arts, coaching, storytelling and life experience come together and our aim is to draw out new understandings about how we lose our fear and judgement, to move beyond bias to connection.

Training can come in a majority of forms; for creative artists, teachers, organisational staff and boards, or workshops for young people. The training can be tailored to suit your needs.

  • “They have unique ‘storytelling’ style of teaching and presenting workshops which both excites and enthuses our staff teams and means that they learn not only about diversity but also more about themselves and is achieved in a seamless and enjoyable way.”
    Emma Stenning, Bristol Old Vic, 2017

  • “The Diverse City facilitators are warm, approachable, clear, and inspiring. No question is silly, they are down to earth and give the people they are training a lot of confidence.”

    Participant, Bristol City Council, 2018

  • “Their challenges to us were always thought provoking and considered, never judgemental. Their method of getting under the skin of an organisation has not only increased diversity awareness at a senior level but has revitalised staff throughout TRP”
    Helen Costello, Theatre Royal Plymouth,  2017

  • “Diverse City are a down to earth and genuine organisation that possess a wealth of knowledge around equality and diversity. They value all members of the team and every individual they work with.

    The organisation itself offers fantastic training sessions and workshops about how you as an individual or as an organisation can become more equal and diverse with the people you work with.”

    Equality Training participant, Arts Development Company, Dorset 2018

  • “A necessary part of artist development. Should be compulsory for all freelancers making work with or for other humans.”

    Inclusive Rehearsal Room participant, Eastleigh 2018

Previous training clients include…

Arts Development CompanyBristol Old Vic, Gob SquadNottingham Playhouse, Rounded RhythmTheatre Royal Plymouth, The Point in Eastleigh.

Read more about our Training Partnerships in 2018 with Ramps on the Moon and the National Youth Theatre.

The Inclusive Rehearsal Room Training

Our most popular training is the Inclusive Rehearsal Room, which is a practical, Creative Professional Development masterclass. We introduce ways to teach and work through dance and the performing arts that nurture creativity and wider opportunities for EVERYONE in the room. We enable an understanding in how to meet the demands of the inclusive 21st century rehearsal room, classroom or studio.

At the end of the Masterclass participants will have gained:

  • More confidence in integrated teaching practice
  • Better understanding of how to support people with different impairments and disabilities
  • How to make performance work inclusive
  • Knowledge of the practical steps to take, to widen arts participation.

The Inclusive Rehearsal room can be adapted for organisations, individual artists, practitioners, BA students, Higher and Further Education Theatre Lecturers, who wish to build a shared creative practice that welcomes disabled and diverse participants equally.


If you are interested in working with us or want Diverse City to deliver training near you, please fill in our booking form or contact louise@diversecity.org.uk.


Photography credits: ©Dom Moore