Michèle Taylor works as Director for Change for Ramps On The Moon. This is the Arts Council Funded consortium aiming to change the theatre sector by bringing more Deaf and disabled people into the sector and making them more visible.
Michèle has more than 25 years experience working in arts and heritage, focusing particularly on disability issues, and a background in professional theatre having performed in, written and directed shows for all ages (credits include work with Graeae and Roundabout Theatre Companies). She is therefore well-placed to support the 7 partner organisations to embed sustainable change and to disseminate their learning so that the wider theatre sector can benefit.
Michèle set up her own business in 1992 to work at that edge where disability and ‘the mainstream’ meet, training and advising organisations on making their practices, policies and premises inclusive of disabled people. Since then, her practice has broadened out to take good account of changes in the legislative approach and in recognition of equality and diversity principles as a whole.
She is a Registered Member of the Institute of Equality and Diversity Professionals, a qualified psychotherapist and accredited coach as well as being an experienced facilitator and trainer.
Previous clients have included strategic bodies such as Arts Council and local authorities as well as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Opera House, Universities including Nottingham and Gothenberg and the University of the Arts in London, and the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute. She has been involved for nearly 10 years in an initiative in the Western Balkans supporting Museums to develop policy and practice around disability.
There are going to be plenty of ways to get involved with An Agent for Change across the country as more Agents for Change positions are created more opportunities will arise. This is an exciting time for the development of access and this is your chance to get involved!
If you would like to submit an article from elsewhere, blog post about an experience you have had (positive or negative!) or even a video of something you have seen that helps tell our story of change, you can do it here. Please make your stories compelling and shareable, relevant and provocative, and we’ll do the rest.