Disabled Artists Networking Community

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Lowry Theatre

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This is a BSL Interpreted Event. Join our opportunities mailing list email:

Opportunity for Headshots:

The Lowry have kindly given us a room for the afternoon of November 25th prior to DANC for DANC members to have their headshots taken by member Steph Taylor, who is currently studying photography, Melissa Chapman is kindly facilitating. Steph will be bringing a high quality camera, tripod, flash, reflectors and a small portrait light and some white sheets to create a studio feel, Melissa will be also providing lights and back drop. If you would like to have your headshot taken please email in to with Headshot as the email title.

Industry Guests confirmed:

Simon Harper, Executive Producer Holby City and Casualty.

Joanna Moss, Casting Department Coronation Street Background casting

Janet Hampson, Bay Casting Agency

Matt Hilton, Director Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Casualty

Eva Yates, BBC Films Commissioning Executive

Simon Harper Executive Producer Holby City and Casualty.

Joanna Moss, Casting Department Coronation Street Background casting

Eva Yates, BBC Films Commissioning Executive

Matt Hilton

Matt started his career as a runner at Coronation St before becoming a 3rd A.D, working on projects such as the 2010 live episode and 2015 live episode as the lead 3rd A.D over an 8 year period. Whilst an A.D he undertook several projects to learn how to direct and shoot, before being given the chance to train with directors internally. Working with Coronation St in conjunction with ITV’s charity show Text Santa gave him the opportunity to create his own unique content, produce the segments and also direct them. Over four years these would grow into a highlight of the year for many of the cast and crew.
He left in 2018 to pursue a career solely as a Director.
Matt has directed over 50 episodes of Coronation St, 35 episodes of Emmerdale, 5 episodes of Hollyoaks and most recently 2 episodes of Casualty.
He is also currently producing his fourth short film together with the British Film Institute and Bolo Films.

Background information on DANC:

Here is a short film about DANC filmed at last July’s DANC event at The Comedy Store Manchester by David Wright

DANC (Disabled Artists Networking Community) is a regular networking event to encourage dialogue between Theatres, Television Companies, Arts Organisations, Arts Venues, Professional Artists and Performers with disabilities from all creative practices.

DANC is a space to network, create projects and partnerships and to discuss how together as Arts Organisations and Artists we can work to encourage change.

Each time the event will be hosted by a different Theatre or Arts Venues in Manchester at reglular intervals of six to eight weeks.

By hosting the event at different venues, we are creating links and pushing for disability to become part of that venue/organisations agenda.

Each event will have industry guests that will introduce themselves at the start, explain their role in the industry and the changes they would like to make/see.

Our Industry Guests are casting directors, producers, artistic directors, agents, CEO’s of artistic companies, music producers, film makers, arts funding – It really is down to what we community want and who is great to have as part of the conversation.

DANC meetings are NOT be in the form of a lecture. We create a space where we can learn from each other and not generate a divide between us as artists with disabilities and the industry guests that will be invited. The evening will then move on to revolving interaction. This is a bit like speed dating! But rather than trying to get a date at the end of the night, we want to have made more contacts & links with other professionals in the industryand made an impact on those that make decisions!

This part of the event will give YOU as an artist the chance to talk personally to the industry guests, ask questions and get across points that you may have.

It also means that you walk away from the event having personally made new contacts.

The second part of the event is the opportunities section. Here we will be able to share ideas and opportunities for upcoming projects. We want DANC to be a space where we can all meet other Deaf and disabled creatives and can link up and create new projects together.

Lets stop waiting for it to happen, lets figure out how to make it happen. How many times have we heard professionals say “I want to cast/employ an artist with a disability, I just don’t know where to find them? Well lets create a community so full of rich talent that there can be no more excuses! Let’s break down these barriers and show exactly why disability needs to be represented in the arts. In the words of Steve Martin: "Let’s be so good, they can’t ignore us."

If you have any access requirements please email


DANC has had twelve events since it was launched in January 2018 held at HOME, The Bridgewater Hall, The Lowry, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Comedy Store, 53two,The Royal Exchange and The BFI, London.

Previous Industry Guests include:

Debbie Biggins, Production Manager Casualty

Daffyed Llewelyn, Casualty Producer

Victor Jenkins, Casting Director

Andy Pryor, Casting Director

Sonia Allum, Casting Director

Ivana MacKinnon, Producer, Stray Bear

Marcus Wilson, Producer A Word, Luther

Tom Sherry, Head of Drama, BBC North

Charlotte Bevan, National Theatre and Profile Spotlight

Louis Sutton, Scripted Executive Producer, Lime Pictures

Dafydd LLewellyn, Producer Casualty

Debbie Oates, Writer, Coronation Street, Cold Feet

Archie Purnell, JLA

Nicola Bolton, Regan Management

Jude Christian, Director

Jennifer Smith Head of Inclusion, BFI

Toby Hadoke Comedian, Actor, Writer

Daliso Chaponda, Comedian

Daniel Edwards, Casting Director

Jo Coombes, Head of Development (Lime pictures).

Peter Hunt, Head of Casting for Lime Pictures and Casting Director of Hollyoaks.

Gill Charnock – Casting Director Hollyoaks.

Lindsay Williams, Story Producer at Coronation Street and BAFTA nominated drama scriptwriter.

Justine Potter, Drama Producer for TV & Radio. Head of TV drama at LA Productions.

Marcus Wilson, Producer, A Word.

Andy Stott, CEO of Northern Quarter Records & Head of Popular Music at RNCM.

Rose Marely Sharp Futures

Ian Tabbron, The Arts Council England.

Roger McCann , The Arts Council England

Charlotte Riches, Producer, Radio 4

Michelle Smith, Casting Director

Jordan Hogg, BAFTA nominated Director

Laura Conway, Development Porducer, Kudos

Elaine Willcox, ITV/Granada

Usman Mullan, BBC Writers Room

Debbie Biggins, Line Producer, Casualty

Please email for further information.


Below is a short film made by BBC Radio 5Live about DANC and why we set it up

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