Pitching sessions for Deaf and Disabled artists

Generation After 6. Showcase / Generation After. Polish Performing Arts Showcase

Pitching session for Deaf or Disabled artists who, due to barriers which exist in the cultural sector, have limited opportunities to participate in the mainstream and circulation of art.

Pitching session for Deaf or Disabled artists who, due to barriers which exist in the cultural sector, have limited opportunities to participate in the mainstream and circulation of art.

This year, Generation After Showcase is collaborating with the British Council, within the context of the Europe Beyond Access project – which seeks to support and celebrate the works of the current unique generation of European performing artists who identify as Deaf or disabled.

This is an open call for Deaf or Disabled artists who, due to barriers which exist in the cultural sector, have limited opportunities to participate in the mainstream and circulation of art.


We are very pleased to present the 6 projects that will be presented by female and male creators as part of the Pitching Session at the Generation After Showcase: New Geographies.

Tatiana Cholewa with her project "Transition"
Katarzyna Zeglicka with the project "Wilderness"
Joanna Pawlik with the project "Stairs"
Adam Stoyanov & Marta Abramczyk with the project "Mental Prison"
Daniel Kotowski with "Feelist"
Paulina Wróblewska & Tomasz Wojewoda with the project "For us there will be no shortage of chairs"

The session will take place on September 3 at 11:00 am at the Aleksander Zelwerowicz Theater Academy in Warsaw.

The projects were selected by the Jury consisting of:

Ewa Ayton - Director of the Department of Culture and the Arts, British Council Poland
Olga Drygas - curator of Generation After Showcase, Nowy Teatr
Helena Swiegocka - accessibility coordinator, Nowy Teatr
Filip Pawlak - moderator of the pitching session


On the 3rd day of Generation After Showcase, we will host a dedicated pitching session in which 6 projects led by Deaf or disabled artists can be pitched to the assembled national and international performing arts delegates. These short pitches will allow artists to seek presenters for finished works, or to find national or international collaborators and co-commissioners for work that is currently in development. Short pitches will be followed by Questions and Answers, and a chance to meet the national and international delegates in a networking breakfast.


OPEN CALL Pitching session for Deaf and Disabled artists docx


The open call is open and is addressed to artists who

  • self-identify themselves as Deaf or Disabled* [see note below on what we mean by disabled]
  • have experienced barriers to progression in their career
  • are currently living in Poland, regardless of age, education, citizenship, etc.

The working language of the Generation After Showcase is English - the artists or their producer is required to be able to present the pitch in English. We will provide interpretation for artists who use Polish Sign Language or do not feel comfortable to speak English.

Applications will be reviewed by a jury, including Ewa Ayton (British Council), Helena Świegocka, Olga Drygas (NOWY TEATR), and the independent moderator of the Pitch session, Filip Pawlak.

The artist must be available for one or two days in both August and September to take part in the Showcase. This is structured as:

  • August 20th 12.00 – remote pitching training session (max. 120 min)
  • September 3rd, 11.00 in Warsaw – in-person pitching session during Generation After Showcase

Projects can be represented in the Pitch session by 1 or 2 people.


Selected projects will receive:

  • The remote pitching training session, offering advice on how to present a strong pitch to international delegates.
  • Travel to/from Warsaw to attend the Pitching session.
  • One night’s accommodation in Warsaw on the night of the 2nd September.
  • Access provision, including payment of additional access costs such as dedicated transport, Personal Assistant, Sign Language interpreter etc. 


As part of the application, we will ask for:

  1. A covering statement (500 words max.) telling us about your work, and how this opportunity will benefit you
  2. A description of the project you would like to pitch (500 words max)
  3. A description of the barriers you have faced in starting your artistic career
  4. A recent or updated CV or biography
  5. Examples of your work, these can be attached as files (up to six images of your work or a video/audio extract, no longer than two minutes) or an online portfolio/website

The application should be in Polish or PJM.

Regarding points 1, 2 & 3: if preferable to a written submission, artists can submit the application via video in Polish or in Polish Sign Language (maximum 10 minutes in length together)

The application deadline is August 7th, 2022

Applications should be sent to showcase@nowyteatr.org

*What do we mean by Disabled, or disability?

Because we recognize that people’s perspectives and experiences of disability are very wide-ranging, we have a broad and inclusive approach to what disability means.

Some people will meet with access barriers on a daily basis; others may have a mental or physical impairment or health condition which is invisible to others or that they prefer to keep to themselves; some people may not even have considered themselves to be disabled until something has happened to make them reflect on the issue.

If you consider yourself to be disabled under this broad definition, then please take part in this open call and submit your application.


Nowy Teatr
British Council
Europe Beyond Access

Akademia Teatralna w Warszawie

Generation After Showcase: New Geographies is co-organized with the Mazovian Voivodeship.
Nowy Teatr is financed by the City of Warsaw.

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