Training and development

Ovalhouse runs training for adult professionals and students in the following contexts: arts sector, youth service, youth justice, education practitioners, BA and MA students, voluntary sector and charities. Ovalhouse can offer projects and one off sessions designed for your particular needs.

Past work includes

Work Experience and placements

We can offer limited placements for students on work experience, or students in applied drama or community education courses. 

Education and Training for Higher Education

We have successfully delivered training and modules on a number of university courses and can deliver specialist training sessions and courses on request.

Previous Courses include

For Artists

Arts Supply:  A course bridging training gaps between arts organisations, their freelance workforce and training suppliers in the arts, creative and cultural sectors.

Graeae Theatre - Training The Trainer: A course exploring different kinds of facilitation and leadership to understand ourselves as artists, and the context in which we offer skills and experience to young people.

Lambeth artists - Ladder of participation training for arts work with young refugees and asylum seekers:  A course exploring the ethics that underpin arts practice, offering examples of arts activities that fit within an ethical framework.  An exploration of the tension between offering a safe space for young people and the potential risks involved in exploring ideas through the arts.

For Schools

Citizenship Through Drama: Creative Approaches to teaching aspects of the Citizenship Curriculum with a focus on participant centred learning .  The course looked at different artistic methods and skills to explore global, social and moral questions including forum theatre, mime and movement work, teacher-in-role and much more.


"I wanted to learn about how you work with the participants in practice and you opened a door for me.  The discussion about ethics and risk was really inspiring.  It is very likely that I will use the games in my work."
Training participant

"An excellent mix of practical activities and discussion of issues. All of it has been most useful. Highlights have probably been the personal and creative risk planning framework, the practical exercises, and hearing how you run specific projects at Ovalhouse. The training session was really clear, and practical, great use of examples from experience mixed with exercises. Brilliant to be able to take away a handbook!"
Training participant

"The training made me think about the value of non-language led starting points."
Training participant

For more information about training and development opportunities, please contact Naomi Shoba,