YAFTA Courses for Learning Disabled Artists

The Yorkshire Academy of Film & Television Acting are working in collaboration with Mind The Gap Theatre to run a termly 11 week Acting for Screen course. This course is held at Mind The Gap Studios in Bradford and is open to anyone aged 16 years and over who has a learning disability and a passion for acting.

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Our actors from Mind The Gap have gone on to gain agency representation and have landed regular roles in major productions such as Coronation Street and BBC Doctors.

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Students on our 11 week Acting for Screen Course will participate in weekly filming and playback activities to enable them to see how their performance translates on screen.

Ongoing Screen Acting Course for actors with learning disabilities aged 16 years plus. The next course starts in September and will run for the full academic year. Students can apply to join during the year but we advise that people join in September.

The 11 week course runs, Every Friday from 10am to 3pm

Mind The Gap Theatre, The Silk Warehouse, Patent Street, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD9 4SA.


A full list of course aims and objectives will be sent to students after enrolment on the course. In brief, the core areas that students will develop competence in are:

Introduction to course and Screen Acting.
Technicalities of Screen Acting
Script work
Emotions Workshop
Taking Charge of your Access Needs
Audition Technique
Acting for Comedy
Acting for Sci-Fi and Horror
Acting for Soap and Dram
Devising their own Scenes
Performing and Filming of Devised Scenes


Our teacher selection process is stringent to ensure that our students receive the best quality education possible.

You can rest assured that YAFTA teachers:

Hold recognised qualifications in acting
Are experienced teachers
Are experienced screen actors
Are DBS (CRB) cleared
Hold paediatric first aid qualifications (if working with children)


£40 per day payable termly in advance at £440 for the full 11 week course. It is possible to join part way through the term.

Eligibility: For Learning Disabled artists only aged over 16 years of age.

Mind The Gap Theatre, The Silk Warehouse, Patent Street, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD9 4SA.

YAFTA Talent Agency represents actors for screen acting work. Our actors are always under consideration for agency representation.

When we feel that a student has demonstrated the required level professionalism and commitment as well as highly competent acting skills, they will be offered agency representation.

Agency representation is not compulsory.