More than just a quota:
With the popularity of mainstream actors with disabilities on the rise, many producers and directors search for special talent which still can meet the rigorous standards of talent and physicality which all professional actors must obtain.
Mentored by the Royal Shakespeare Company in classical acting, Athena Stevens was the recipient of the 2010 BBC Talent Boost Scheme. She has worked extensively with the National Theatre Studio, and is regularly mentored by Barbra Houseman, Ché Walker, Zubin Varla and others.
Cerebral Palsy affects people in a myriad of ways. Although all four of Athena’s limbs are affected, she has been trained extensively in various methods of dance and movement including ballet and acrobatics. Keen to push the limits of imagination and physical possibility, she is currently in development on a new production of Richard III with former members of Gardzienice the Centre for Theatre Practices in Poland using circus arts and tumbling.