Ellie Griffiths makes sensory shows for and with young people with autism and a wide variety of complex needs. She is passionate about creating work that is both high quality and fully accessible for families and young people who have additional support needs. She recently became Artistic Director of Oily Cart Theatre, who tour across the UK and internationally with their fully accessible multi-sensory theatre shows: www.oilycart.org.uk
Ellie runs the Upfront Performance Network: for practitioners and artists making accessible theatre. She also carries out research into enagaging with diverse audiences, most recently for the National Theatre of Scotland and National Autistic Society. In 2017 Ellie toured Australia, USA and Europe on a Winston Churchill Fellowship to look at models of best practice for engaging young people with diverse needs. She regularly delivers venue and artist training in this area across Scotland.
“Ellie came into our school and held a teacher parent workshop, which blew me away. I think especially for our students with more severe Autism, which typically are our sensory children, there are very few outside companies that feel confident and have a good understanding of autism and its huge spectrum that offer such training and support. I really feel Ellie offers something invaluable which impressed the whole school.”
Lucy Capon, Creative Co-ordinator/ASD teacher at Queensmill School
In 2018, Ellie created a sensory, inclusive installation called Sinnerligt, which is currently touring galleries in Sweden. This was commissioned by Scen:se project. You can see the creative process here: https://tinyurl.com/y2o8f8pv
Ellie has been working towards making Sound Symphony for several years, its a real labour of love. She is hugely excited to finally be bringing this work out around Scotland in May this year, and really looks forward to meeting all the families and young people.
More on the Creative Team coming soon…