We are a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England, however, demand for our work far exceeds our funding and our activity and ambition remain high through-out each year. Our yearly programme of participation and engagement work, under our Taught by an Idiot banner, is inextricably linked to our productions and is only made possible through additional funding.

Taught facilitates engagement for everyone, regardless of age or background. Our aim through this work, and indeed through our shows, is simple; to release peoples’ creativity, curiosity and their desire to play.

We are currently fundraising for:

  • Funded places on Idiot workshops for D/deaf and/or disabled and emerging artists from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • 'The Silent Treatment'
  • Assistant Director placements for upcoming productions

If you are a trust or foundation or a public sector funder and would like to find out more about how you can support our shows and Taught by an Idiot work, please contact Jenni Grainger, Executive Director call 0207 407 4123.

We are grateful for the generosity of trusts and foundations who have supported us in the past and continue to work alongside us in order to help expand Told by an Idiot’s reach. 


“Being offered a free place on The Role of the Director in the Devising Process workshop has been invaluable. As a young director with limited funds, finding places that provide accessible opportunities for training prove to be difficult.” recipient of funded workshop place

"This experience has given me tremendous confidence in myself and the contribution I can make to push for change in the future."  - recipient of Assistant Directory Bursary


Our recent / current supporters include:

Charles Mason and Naomi Wilkinson Foundation

Bailey Thomas Charitable Fund

Derby City Council

Norton Foundation

Thistle Trust

Boshier Hinton Foundation

Garrick Charitable Trust

Gisela Graham Foundation

Fidelio Charitable Trust

Royal Victoria Hall Foundation