503Studio: Athena Stevens

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503Studio Masterclass: Keeping The Immobile Active

In drama we are told that character is determined by action. But what does ‘action’ look like if you want to create a character that has physical disability or other limitations? In this masterclass, Athena Stevens will provide tools and guidance to writers seeking to write diverse characters and integrate disability into their stories.

Thanks to DCMS Cultural Recovery Fund and our Share The Drama scheme, we want to make sure those of you who are struggling in the current climate can still take part in our Summer Writers Programme. While we prioritise anyone who is long term unemployed and/or claiming benefits, we’re also offering subsidies if you’re in financial difficulty as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

To express interest in a bursary place through our Share The Drama scheme, please sign up here. If you would prefer to speak directly to a member of our team about your circumstance or to ask for more information about this scheme, please contact us

If you have any access requirements, you can let us know here. You can view what we currently are able to offer on our Accessibility page. If you would rather discuss any access requirements and how we can accommodate them prior to booking, please get in touch with us.

Running time of workshop: 2.5 hours – delivered online. Maximum class sizes are 14. A portion of spaces have been reserved for Share the Drama places.

To sign up for priority booking for future iterations of the 503Studio: Writers Programme, please join the waiting list here.


Athena Stevens is a Chicago-born, London-based writer, performer director and social activist. She is the Artistic Director of Aegis Productions Ltd, writer in residence at the Finborough Theatre and Creative Council member and Associate Artist at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Athena was born with athetoid cerebral palsy.

In 2019, Athena was nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre for her play Schism. In 2021, her play Scrounger won the OFFIE awards for Nest New Play and Best Supporting Actor.

Athena’s work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes: Dark Night of The Soul (writer, actor); and Notes To The Forgotten She Wolves (curator, director, writer, actor).

Other work includes: the feature documentary Day Of Small Things (Channel 4); and several web series (YouTube) including the critically acclaimed Late Night Staring At High Res Pixels.

Athena is a contributor to The Stage, The Guardian and iNews. She is a TEDx speaker and a founding member of the Women’s Equality Party. Athena is a Trustee for the Young Women’s Trust, a Trustee for Theatre Deli, a Patron for Coram Shakespeare Schools Foundation, an Advocate for Index On Censorship, a founder of the Primadonna Literary Festival, a representative for Freelancers Make Theatre Work and a founding member of the Women’s Equality Party.

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