Ellie Griffiths is a Theatre artist based in Scotland who specialises in making performance for neurodiverse audiences. This includes individuals labelled as having learning disabilities, complex needs, and on the autistic spectrum. She worked for five years as a performer, director and associate artist with Oily Cart Theatre, and for eight years was a Giggle Doctor with Theodora Children’s Charity.
She is currently collaborating with the award-winning singer and composer Verity Standen and the award winning cellist and performance-maker Greg Sinclair to make an immersive music performance for young people on the autistic spectrum, which you can read more about here.
In 2017 Ellie will begin her international research fellowship in Australia and the USA, exploring neurodiversity and performance, funded by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. This will focus particularly on finding new approaches to making theatre for people living with later stage dementia.
Ellie is a passionate advocate of neurodiversity in performance, and particularly focused on diversifying the Uk’s audiences to include those with more complex needs. As a leading specialist in the sector she regularly leads training events, workshops, shares her ongoing research at conferences and panel discussions. She also mentors artists and companies looking to make theatre for these audiences and works as an accessibility consultant for venues and institutions.
This network serves as an ongoing creative research project investigating and developing thought and practice in this sector. If you are interested in becoming an active member, please join the facebook group. Here related topics are discussed and debated, support is offered, and professional collaborations sparked. There are also links to lots of useful resources.
You can get in touch with Ellie through the contact page, and check out her CV at the link below: