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Ecole Acte 21: learning all the performing arts

Summary : L’Ecole Acte 21 (Acting School 21) from the Research Centre for Disabled Theatre offers amateur and professional training in theatre to able bodied and disabled people.

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  • Start date : 2011
  • Implementation site : Paris
  • Budget : 250000 €
  • Source and details on funding : Public, private and own funds




Editorial committee

  • Date of proofreading :  08/12/2014 00:00
Opinion of the Committee : Source of inspiration !
Solution(s) : Culture, sport and leisure activities Social exclusion and isolation
Country :  France, Île-de-France
Stature of the programme :  Local
Participant :  Company, Association, ONG
  • Beneficiaries :  Professionals, Persons with disabilities, Pupil, students
  • Domain :  Education, Training, Culture

Reports collected as part of the RESOLIS programme « Taking Action together against dropping out of school » (2015)

Copyright: Licence Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ )
To reference a document published by RESOLIS : Larribe Jean-Christophe , « Ecole Acte 21: learning all the performing arts », **Journal RESOLIS** (2014)

Background to the programme

Pascal Parsat, actor, author, drama teacher at the Paris Conservatory, director and artistic director, noticed that there was no initial training which accepted, among others, a disabled public in an ordinary environment, other than simple leisure activities organised by disability without mixing. In 2004, he founded the O Clair de la Lune school which became Ecole Acte 21 in 2011.

Objectives of the programme

- Make the artistic practice and training accessible to all

- Diversity objective: courses open to all, genuine space for meetings between the handicapped and able bodied

- Give the taste of cultural outings, develop curiosity (through amateur lessons and cultural educational trips), critical thinking, participation in the cultural debate

Implemented actions

- All the classes are taught in premises accessible to all, handled by active artists.

- The Ecole Acte 21 offers different options (the training is charged for, even if the price is reduced thanks to the participation of public services):
• amateur activities from 8 years old
• initial professional actor training from 16 years
• Continuous training courses

- Organisation of cultural educational trips

- Organisation of workshops in medico-social organisations when people can not travel

- Support with professional integration: support for students to go to castings, access to the teachers' network and CRTH gives priority to students when casting for their own productions.

Quantitative and qualitative results from the implemented actions

- Each year a hundreds students enrol in different courses

- 77 people professionally integrated since 2004

- In 2013, 13 followed the initial actor training and 49 the lessons for amateurs

- All groups are mixed

- Nearly 200 students in medico-social organisations.

Original characteristics

The Ecole Acte 21 is the only theatre school in Europe open to all audiences in fully accessible premises and offering initial actor training, equipped with authorisation like youth, sport and training, to be led by a qualified teacher and be organised by active, identified and recognised artists.

Partnership(s) developed in the context of the programme

- Several partnerships with medical and social organisations in Ile-de-France.


Difficulties and/or obstacles encountered during the programme’s implementation :

- No difficulty setting up the school

- Some difficulties in the communication of the school: able bodied students may be reluctant to follow the training because there are people with disabilities; due to the diversity objective, they wonder if the training is really dedicated to them.

Solutions used to overcome the difficulties and/or obstacles :

- All communication materials are the same and made accessible to all (audio description, Braille, large print ...)

- Coming together of associations to be a part of the workshops for disabled visitors.

- Communication by the general media and by the network of the conservatories in Paris.

Suggestions for future improvement :

- Renewal of the program and the educational offers to adapt to the needs of the labour market (done regularly).

Summary of factors responsible for the programme’s success :

One of the factors for success in the professional integration of students is that trainers are working artists.

To know more

- CRTH established branches in Issy-les-Moulineaux and Montigny-le-Bretonneux: workshops organised in premises in the two cities with representatives from CRTH over 3 years. At the end of 3 years, the two organisations, the Icarus space in Issy-les-Moulin

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