DYSPLA received an Arts Council grant to fund the development of two Neurodivergent storymakers for a second year running.

The DYSPLA_Storymakers Residency 2020 offered two England-based artists a place on the fully-funded programme.


DYSPLA, the longest-running arts organisation dedicated to recognising the creative benefits of Neurodivergent artists, is pleased to welcome this year’s esteemed Judging Panel: Shanna Martens, (Development Executive of Vertigo Films) Colin Hambrook, (Editor of Disability Arts Online) ProfessorDerval Tubridy, (Professor of English Literature and Visual Culture, Goldsmiths) Film Earls Court, (Producers of Earl’s Court Film Festival) Akua Gyamfi, (Founder of The British Blacklist) and Dr Julia Pascal(DYSPLA Resident Winner 2019). 

The residency was tailored to each resident and took place in London throughout 2020. Along with Surgery Scripts sessions, dramaturgy, a rehearsed reading and mentoring, DYSPLA provided travel subsidy for anyone outside of London, desk space and rehearsal rooms.

  • Surgery Scripts (SS) sessions,
  • An Industry Sharing
  • Industry mentoring
  • 1 full script SS rehearsal
  • Dramaturgy sessions
  • 2 hrs a week story development and production advice
  • Script notes from some of our SS Directors Pool of over 130 directors
  • Travel & subsistence (Outside of London), desk/rehearsal space
  • Industry and networking support;
  • Online marketing thoughout 2020



DYSPLA is currently applying for funding for the next DYSPLA Storymakers Residency for 2022. If you'd like to join our mailing list to find out more, please contact us.
*ND - NEURODIVERGENCE
“Sometimes Abbreviated as ND, neurodivergent means having a style of neurocognitive functioning that diverges significantly from the dominant societal standards of ‘normal’. Neurodivergent people include dyslexics, dyspraxics, AD(H)D, autistics (including those with Asperger’s), dyscalculics, OCD, dysgraphics, Tourettes, etc.” The Westminster AchievAbility Commission for Dyslexia and Neurodivergence 2018.