We’re a small, passionate and hard-working team united by our love of the arts, and our drive to make cultural events of all kinds accessible to deaf audiences.
We’re here to support arts organisations and venues of all sizes make their work available to the 12 million deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people in the UK.
Whether this is your first time exploring captions, live subtitles and digital subtitles, or if you’re a venue looking to improve your current provision and develop audiences, we look forward to hearing from you.
“My role at Stagetext is to develop funding applications for trusts, foundations, and statutory funders. I take the lead on research to support our advocacy, for example, research into the prevalence of subtitle use. I’m also the Deputy CEO, so I work closely with Melanie and lead the team if she is away.
“Before joining Stagetext I worked for Arts Council England and the other National Lottery funders, which has helped me to understand and develop our place as a charity within the arts. Now I’m thrilled to be here with Stagetext, working to ensure that no one is excluded from the arts.
“I enjoy going to live events and playing music, and I’m a trustee of Trowbridge Town Hall, an arts venue in my hometown.”
“I went to Durham university and did a BSc in Psychology, worked for a stint in marketing, and then came to Stagetext. After four and a half years managing the digital subtitle programme, I’ve moved to the role of Head of Systems and Services.
As a deaf person from birth, and a fan of theatre for almost as long, Stagetext has been a critical part of my life for many years, long before I worked here. I’ve always had a passion for theatre and the arts, and was involved in productions both in and out of school, at the Chickenshed theatre, and Arcola Queer Collective.
It’s thanks to Stagetext that I’ve been able to enjoy the theatre for many years, and it’s incredible to be able to work within the charity, pushing for more accessible art every day.”
“I studied Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. I’ve always had a passion for theatre. Ranging from in-house projects for the Courtyard Theatre and with Interactive Theatre International on their show Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience.
“I’m 50% deaf, so working with Stagetext towards full access for deaf audiences is a great fit for me.”
“I come to Stagetext from a museums and heritage background, having studied Archaeology and Ancient History. I’ve worked in the collections departments of various museums, helping to digitalise their collections.
“I’ve always been an advocate for increased access everywhere I’ve worked. I’m in the process of learning British Sign Language, having attained Level One.
“Through Stagetext, I’m excited to be able to give many more people access to museum/gallery events, tours and talks.”
“I moved from Wales to London to study Moving Image at the University of the Arts and never left. My passion for theatre has grown over the years and it’s through theatre that I met my fiancé. I count myself as a regular theatre goer and do rely on Stagetext to fully immerse into the experience.
“My background in marketing and social media has been varied, from reviewing restaurants and events, to becoming the social media lead for a Deaf LGBT+ charity organisation called Deaf Rainbow UK, which I am a board member. Before this role I was the social media lead for UK Deaf Sport.
“I have a real passion for the arts and online work focusing on deafness and intersectionality. Stagetext fits in with my personal ethos and I am excited to show that with my work.”