8 Tips to Help Actors with Dyslexia and/or Dyspraxia

One in three actors has Dyslexia and/or Dyspraxia. One in three! That means we have five times the national average of Neurodiverse people in our field: “WOOF!”[1]. You may even be in the room with one now. Who knows? How exciting.

What I do know, is that, by the law of averages, you will at some point work with an actor who finds ‘typical’ ways of doing things difficult. Like reading, movement, line-learning, organisation or many more things besides. Day to day we’re pretty good at hiding these grievances: often, they’re classed as ‘quirks’ or eccentricities – e.g. “Martha’s fallen in the orchestra pit again – silly Martha!”, but they can be seriously frustrating and limiting for actors with Dyslexia and/or Dyspraxia, especially when under pressure.

So what is Dyslexia? And what is her second cousin, Dyspraxia? Well, they’re both umbrella terms for a whole host of ways of seeing, experiencing and reporting back to the world that aren’t deemed ‘typical’. I think that’s a bit rude, but there you go – I didn’t dictate the dictionary.