DYSPLA Storymakers Residency Shortlist 2020 Confirmed


photo of an insect on a red fruitDYSPLA​, a London based Arts Organisation specializing in the development and production of Dyslexic and Neurodivergent Artists, has Arts Council England and POET funding, for a second year to run their unique Writers Residency for Neurodivergent Creatives. DYSPLA has carved a reputation over the last 10 years for promoting the creative benefits of Dyslexic and Nureodivergent storymakers and artists. DYSPLA has proudly worked with over 200 creatives since its inception. The DYSPLA Storymakers Residency is committed to ensuring creatives have a holistic environment where they can create and finish their scripts in a collaborative format.

This year’s Residency Partners include Earls Court Film Festival, who will support the initial production costs for one of the winning short film scripts with a grant of £1,500 as well as Disability Arts Online (DAO), who will commission interview profiles of both the Shortlist and the Finalists on the DAO website to document the artists work and to promote their professional development.

The DYSPLA Storymakers Residency 2020 Shortlist includes 30 artists who were successfully selected from 220 applicants. Congratulations to: Owain Astles, Aislinn Evans, Alex Mill, Aminder Virdee, Ash Morris, Aurora Fearnley, Connor Sansby, Emma Tracey, Eve Leigh, Isabella Albuquerque Sperotto, Matthew Gabrielli, Mia Sinclair, Michael Toluwalope Okanlawon, Mike Forshaw, Mohammod Shipon, Nacheal Catnott, Nala Hermeziel, Rosie Baldwin, Shala Sayedyannakis, Jones Jimiroroso Ogun, Nicolee Tsin, Sean Burn, Thomas Morgan Evans, Ella Jade, Peck Mesma, Cassie Atkinson, Jack McMeechan, Lindsay Dukes, Lucy Sheen, and Janet Barnett.

The Residency will offer two artists, based in England, a place on the 12 month fully funded program which offers: free script development support, a creative network of professional actors, directors and industry mentors, rehearsal room workshops, a script report, peer feedback, marketing support and the opportunity to present their work at the DYSPLA Prosecco Reception and Table Read Presentation. Last year’s attendees included: The Arts Council, BFI, BBC, ITV, Sky, Directors UK, Freelance Producers, Development Producers, Academic Institutions and Agents. The DYSPLA Panel will select eight of the strongest applications for the final round of interviews to be announced in August 2020. This year’s Panel includes representatives from Vertigo Films, Goldsmiths University, Disability Arts Online, Earls Court Film and last year’s DYSPLA Storymakers Resident writer, Dr Julia Pascal.

DYSPLA’s Founder, Lennie Varvarides describes the program as, ​“A ‘coming out’ party for brave new voices in our Neurodivergent community. This Residency is an acknowledgment of the creative benefits of Neurodivergence and how necessary it is for the survival of our creative ecology system”.

For more information go to https://dyspla.com/residency_2020