The creativity of young people with learning disabilities placed at the heart of the cultural life of Coventry and Birmingham, increasing its diversity and encouraging different ways of being: the OTI programme explores this possibility through a unique theatre practice called shystering that celebrates, challenges and transforms

Facts and Figures

Over 300 young people with learning disabilities are engaged in our current programme of work

Our work has received national and international recognition. 

We are a registered charity – you can donate directly to our work here


amazing, simple, effective, fun’

‘the results have far exceeded expectations: students have shown exceptional development.’

‘one of the most artistically inspiring experiences I have had’

‘we have seen stunning results in all our classes and we now see it as a core activity in our curriculum’
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OTC creates collaborative drama projects and productions involving young people with learning disabilities within special schools and other settings.

OTC trains a wide range of professionals - teachers, arts practitioners, staff within the cultural industry etc in the art of shystering

OTC researches into the methodology and its impact to develop understanding of what it is and how it works, and publishes articles and papers 

OTC works in partnership with the cultural industry to create real opportunities for employment and activities

OTC advocates for the rights of people with learning disabilities through blogging and forum activity

OTC creates major productions with other artists and cultural organisations which places the creativity of people with learning disability at the heart of the artistry

OTC seeks to disseminate its practice as widely as possible to young people with learning disabilities nationally and internationally through masterclasses, consultancy and conferences

OTC has set up the Mimetics Foundation to explore the wider application of its methodology

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