theatreBox creative director Ian Linton has had over 11 years experience facilitating Inclusive Theatre for people with learning disabilities and special needs within the South East of England.
Trained at the Brits School of Performing Arts and then at the Academy Drama School in London, Ian worked as a professional actor and has taught community theatre and Theatre in Education, before receiving a degree in Community Arts at the University of Greenwich. Since leaving University he has set up Inclusive Theatre workshops and courses.
Working with Kent County Council and a number of theatres within the South East Ian brought to prominence the importance of Inclusive Theatre and the need for it within the main stream arts community. Through this Ian initiated and facilitated groups for people with special needs within community theatres and mainstream theatres , including The Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells and The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury. As the Creative Director for both the Marlowe Access Company and T.I.D.E Theatre, Ian ensured a place where creative learning could be seen as a positive integrated experience, transforming the idea as to what is Inclusive Theatre through direct public experience, and ensuring that perception of Inclusive Theatre was champions through the skills and positive outcomes of its participants.
Relocating to Cheshire Ian is now working with The Wingate Special Children’s Trust. An independent charity devoted to enriching the lives of children and young people with all levels of physical and learning disabilities. Producing new movement and drama workshops for The Children’s Trust at the Wingate Centre, theatreBox is continuing to promote and produce Inclusive Theatre for all abilities within Cheshire and the North West.