After ten months of meetings, rehearsals, and classroom workshops leading up to fourteen performances in two weekends, you’d think Alison Mahoney, Bluelaces Co-Artistic Director and Out There! Director, would want a break. If you call a week-long educational tour of England's top performing arts companies a "break," then, sure; she did that.
To begin her three-month backpacking trip through Europe, Alison went on a business trip in England, meeting artists and companies breaking down the walls of conventional theatre—including what is "conventional" for audiences with developmental differences. Before she visited greenhouses in Cumiana or ate Neopolitan pizza in Napoli, she devoted her first week to learning. Early in July, Al found a cafe or a hostel or, heck, probably some free European city WIFI to dish about her tour de inclusivité.
How did you go about finding five different companies with similar missions to Bluelaces's, all in England?