ICAT graduate Elizabeth Wainwright was recognised with an Royal National Institute of Blind people for Excellence in Media and the Arts for her determination to break down barriers for people with sight loss.
Working as a participation coordinator for Extant, the UK’s largest visually impaired theatre company, Elizabeth has developed its theatre workshop programmes in the North West and broadened the company’s connections with visually impaired audiences and several regional theatres. She has also worked alongside young people with vision impairment, to help them develop acting skills and opportunities from a young age.
She said: “When I was 18 I wanted to be an actor, but when I lost my sight in an accident I thought had put a stop to my dreams. What has been fantastic about working with Extant is that it helps people realise that there are opportunities in the acting profession out there and that sight loss doesn’t have to be a barrier to an acting career.
“Through her participation and engagement work with Extant, and as a freelance workshop facilitator, Elizabeth has motivated and encouraged many visually impaired people to pursue careers in Performing Arts – an industry that they might have felt unable to access otherwise. With this award, we are thrilled to be able to give Elizabeth’s hard work and dedication the recognition it deserves.”
Elizabeth recently appeared in the movie 'Tolkien' and graduated from ICAT in 2015. We are very proud!