Tonic presents a programme of training and support for students of the performing arts and their teachers


Participate is a programme of workshops for schools, colleges and conservatories training in the performing arts. It’s designed to help both students and staff address a range of topics in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion, to help them cultivate a safer and more inclusive training environment, and to provide advice and tools they can take with them into their careers moving forwards.

Student Sessions

Our student sessions are designed to understand and navigate a range of issues, broadly around power, consent and respect. Covering a range of thought exercises, discussions and role play, these sessions are designed to help give students the knowledge, skills and space to build a healthy attitude and approach towards their future careers.

We offer 4 different sessions, bookable individually or in combination with others:

  • Establishing Boundaries and Ensuring Respect (2 hours)

  • Managing Fear and Developing Resilience (2 hours)

  • Power Dynamics and Constructive Communication (3.5 hours)

  • Consent (2 hours)

Staff Sessions

Our staff sessions are designed to raise awareness of teaching staff to ensure they best serve their students and the industry. From what unconscious bias is to what we really mean by creating an inclusive environment. These sessions give staff the tools they need to embed equality, diversity and inclusion across all aspects of their work.

We offer 4 different staff sessions, bookable individually or in combination with others:

  • Unconscious Bias (3.5 hours)

  • Intro to EDI (3.5 hours)

  • Creating Inclusive Environments (3.5 hours)

  • Race and Allyship (5.5 hours)


Further information on the different courses we offer can be found in our brochure for the Participate programme.

Tonic Participate Info Pack

To discuss bringing Participate to your students and colleagues, please contact


“After the sessions, I feel I have gained the tools to navigate my way through difficult situations in the industry. Being able to communicate assertively and stand by my morals is absolutely necessary practice not just for work, but life.”

“I think this was really useful for us all to take stock and look at the way we teach and how that can affect the students not only whilst in our lessons but also for the rest of their lives.”