Creating Routes - Free Facilitator Training Programme

What is creating routes & who is it for? 

Creating Routes is a FREE facilitator training programme. Open to the Global Majority theatre-makers and creatives aged 18+, with or without participatory arts experience. 

If you are interested in working with groups in schools, community organisations, health settings or the criminal justice system then Creating Routes is for you. 

About the programme 

This programme is a collaboration between Talawa Theatre Company, Emergency Exit Arts (EEA) and Goldsmiths, University of London. As a collective we have come together to help diversify the participatory arts sector with artists from different cultural backgrounds. 

Our aim is to provide an alternative route into entering the sector, one that strikes a balance between the practical and theoretical. Creating Routes trainees get the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and experience needed to gain employment in the Participatory Arts sector.  

Alumni have gone onto work with: Talawa, EEA, London Bubble Theatre Company, Young Vic, Birmingham REP, Imperial War Museum. Theatre Royal Stratford East, and Battersea Arts Centre. 

Applications are now closed! 

Creating Routes 1 8

Course Structure 

There are three terms for this course: 

  • We are currently recruiting for the first (Autumn) term which is a stand-alone course, for up to 20 people. 
  • Recruitment for the second (Spring) term will begin towards the end of the year. There are five places on this course, and it will be at Goldsmiths, University of London 
  • The final (Summer) term will be professional placements for those who have completed the Autumn and Spring terms. 
Creating Routes 1 4

Autumn Term 

First (Autumn) Term: Your unique facilitation style is led by Emergency Exit Arts & Talawa Theatre Company. 

We are are currently recruiting for the first term. this will be a series of eight sessions that will be exploring and developing our unique facilitation style and some foundations for working as a professional facilitator in community settings. 

This is both a stand alone course and a foundation for continuing the Spring term. 

The course will be for up to 20 people.

Location: Talawa Studios, Fairfield Halls Park Lane, Croydon CR9 1DG

Emergency Exit Arts, Rothbury Hall, Azof Street, London. SE10 0EF   


Mon 30th Oct 

Mon 6th Nov

Mon 13th Nov

Mon 20th Nov

Mon 27th Nov

Mon 4th Dec

Mon 11th Dec 

Times: 6.30 - 8.45pm

Location:  (Some sessions will be at Talawa and some at EEA)

Talawa Studio, Fairfield Halls Park Lane, Croydon CR9 1DG 

Emergency Exit Arts, Rothbury Hall, Azof Street, London. SE10 0EF

About You 

This Programme is open to Global Majority theatre-makers and creatives aged 18+. If this is you and you are interested in applying please make sure you meet the criteria below. 

Essential Criteria: 

  • Committed to a creative career that includes participatory arts facilitation
  • Skilled and experienced in a creative practice including performance/theatre-making (in any role, as a writer, performer, designer, maker, artist etc) 
  • Passionate about using theatre and other art forms with young people/adults/elders in community settings 
  • Willing to work and learn collaboratively (with peers and professionals) 
  • Excellent verbal communication skills 
  • Ability to work to high professional standards, i.e., punctual, organised and self motivated
  • Be committed and able to attend ALL the designated dates 

Desirable Criteria:

  • Some experience of working in participatory arts 
  • Knowledge of other art forms or experience of working cross art-form 

    This programme is supported by the Royal Borough of Greenwich