Beyond the Square is Riverside Theatres’ drama program for adults with disability. Riverside has recently teamed up with Studio ARTES to deliver the 2022 Beyond the Square drama workshop program.
We are conscious of concerns about Covid-19 and striking the balance between living with it and keeping our communities safe. We have decided to offer a mix of online and face to face classes to meet the needs of those looking for that opportunity to return to the workshop space and those who wish to continue online for the time being. Go to the enrolment tab and select whether the time is right to return to face to face classes or continue online.
The classes encourage participants to embrace opportunities to explore and grow through drama, movement, music and imagination. Our priority is to create a safe and supportive space where every contribution is respected and valued. The teaching staff are skilled and adept at facilitating an inclusive, skills-based program that includes performance practices, vocal work, listening skills and teamwork. Riverside’s ongoing drama workshop is one of the longest running and largest of its kind in Sydney.
We continue to grow the depth and breadth of our drama workshops, which are the foundation for exploring the creative process in the performing arts, and attract highly skilled artists as teachers, facilitators and directors.
The program is grounded in a sense of community, a place where people feel they belong and have a say. The program supports existing and new social networks.
Riverside Theatres prides itself on it’s leadership in the arts when it comes to access & inclusion. The Riverside Access platform is anchored around 3 pillars, with participation underpinning the opportunity for people with disability to get involved in performing arts activities and create works of self-expression. Riverside also supports art form development and has a commitment to programming professional productions and films made by or including artists with disability. While performers are the soul of the performing arts, audiences are the heart and there is a commitment to building relationships and ensuring access to the artistic products people want to see.
PROGRAM SERVICE DELIVERY
Studio ARTES is a not for profit organisation that delivers creative programs in visual arts, performing arts, and life skills for adults living with disability. Established in 2000, Studio ARTES supports over 260 people with a variety of disabilities, including people living with mild to moderate intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders, mild to moderate physical disabilities and down syndrome. Creative programs are member driven, based on consistent feedback from participants, ingrained in a culture of inclusion, equity and respect, and led by facilitators with expertise in their chosen creative practices. Bespoke creative programs and professional development opportunities are offered at various sites across Sydney and online. For more information, visit www.studioartes.org.au
SUMMARY OF ONLINE WORKSHOPS
The weekly drama workshops offer strong skills’ based experience including physical and vocal exercises, improvisation, creative problem solving, exercises in delivering a line, eye contact, emotions and emotional expression, basic stage craft, and experience performing to camera. Working alongside professional artists, people with disability participate in a drama and movement workshop program designed to build self-confidence, promote wellbeing, increase skills in self-expression, interaction and performing. Each workshop aims to:
- Embrace the contributions of each individual be it as small as a smile or as large as reciting all the lines from an episode of a tv show
- Allow for the unique expression of each individual to influence the session and flourish in a supportive, positive and respectful setting.
- Open up the possibility of choice and decision making to give a greater sense of ownership over the workshop for participants.
- Respect all ideas and contribution
Riverside’s Beyond the Square makes every effort to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all participants. If participants require personal care or behavioural support to fully participate in the program please provide your own specific support person or Carer. This is crucial to the successful running of these workshops.
TERM 1 WORKSHOPS 2022 TIMES & LOCATION
There are 2 online and 2 face-to-face classes times for this weekly workshop program. Please go to the Enrolment tab to enrol and nominate your preference
Term 1 Workshops:
– Wednesdays at 10am from 16 February – 6 April 2022
– Thursdays at 10am from 17 February – 7 April 2022
Duration: 60 minutes
Location: Zoom link – emailed on payment of invoice
Face to face –
– Wednesdays at 12pm from 16 February – 6 April 2022
– Thursdays at 12pm from 17 February – 7 April 2022
Duration: 90 minutes
– Wednesdays at Burnside Gardens Community Centre, Blackwood Place, Oatlands
– Thursdays at North Rocks Senior Citizen Centre, cnr North Rocks Rd & Farnell Ave, Carlingford
Term 1 will run for 8 weeks
Our workshops are currently capped at a maximum of 15 individuals. If you wish to submit an application for multiple individuals please do so and we will be in contact regarding available places.
Classes require a minimum number of participants to proceed.
Sophie Clausen, Program Coordinator – Access
tel: 02 8839 3368
Rebecca Canty, Project Coordinator
tel: 02 9482 5266
COVID POLICY AND PROCEDURES
Both Riverside Theatres and Studio ARTES have Covid Safe Plans. A specific plan has been developed for the Beyond the Square workshops, and is available for download here: BTS COVID-19 Safety Plan
– Key elements to the plan include:
- All teaching staffing and workshop administrators are fully vaccinated and up to date with booster shots.
- All participants and support staff attending face-to-face workshops are required to be fully vaccinated unless they have an exemption. If exempt, we will require supporting evidence.
- NSW Health advises that when in an indoor area of premises’ face masks are required. All staff are expected to wear face masks and will follow the NSW Government guidance on when a face mask can be removed, including for communication purposes.
- All attendees to face-to-face workshops are required to check-in on arrival at the workshop venue. Check-in either manually or through the Service NSW app Covid Safe Check-in QR code.
- There will be temperature checks at the entrance door to the venue.
- Limits to venue capacity and physical distancing during the workshop apply.
- We will be implementing personal hygiene strategies including hand sanitizing and hand washing.
- People are strongly advised to stay away if they are feeling unwell or have been deemed a close contact to someone with Covid-19.
- Workshops spaces and communal items will be cleaned and disinfected prior to each class.
Updates to the Covid policy and procedure will be posted onto the website, in response to the latest NSW Government guidelines and their latest Public Health Orders.
Studio ARTES is a not for profit organisation that delivers creative programs in visual arts, performing arts, and life skills for adults living with disability. Established in 2000, Studio ARTES supports over 260 people with a variety of disabilities, including people living with mild to moderate intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders, mild to moderate physical disabilities and down syndrome. Creative programs are member driven, based on consistent feedback from participants, ingrained in a culture of inclusion, equity and respect, and led by facilitators with expertise in their chosen creative practices. Bespoke creative programs and professional development opportunities are offered at various sites across Sydney and online.
For more information, visit www.studioartes.org.au
Charlotte Salusinszky is an emerging actor, writer and theatre-maker. She uses devised and autobiographical performance, drawing upon a variety of theatrical forms, to attack concepts from multiple angles. Charlotte graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2017 where she completed her Honours year in Theatre Practice. In 2021, Charlotte was shortlisted for the Create NSW Theatre (Emerging) Fellowship with Griffin Theatre.
In March 2022, Charlotte will remount Little Jokes in Times of War at Kings Cross Theatre, her devised solo performance developed through Shopfront Arts Co-Op’s 2019/20 ArtsLab residency. This work examines her family’s escape from Hungary, and aims to resist the erasure of her grandmother’s story.
Charlotte is an Artistic Director of the experimental theatre company, The Dig Collective. She has been a member of Soothplayers: Completely Improvised Shakespeare, and an alumnus of Impro Melbourne. As a performer and co-devisor, Charlotte has worked with independent theatre companies across Sydney and Melbourne, presenting work as part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Midsumma Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Sydney Fringe Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, and the Australian Improv Festival. Her film and TV credits include Hayden and Peter (web series), Silent Comedy (Channel 31) and Fur Baby (short film), and her writing has also appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald.
George Tillianakis is a Sydney based multidisciplinary artist, exhibiting primarily as a video performance artist, composer, musician, performer, and curator. George has been active in the arts for 20 years, exhibiting and performing in Australia and internationally.
George has showcased new performance video work with solo shows at Artspace, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Blacktown Arts Centre, 55 Sydenham Rd, and site specific solo performance work in New York City. George has been in many group shows at galleries such as Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Performance Space, Museum of Sydney, First Draft, Kudos Gallery, Alaska Projects, Mop Projects, Campbelltown Arts Centre, and Hazelhurst Regional Gallery.
George is a Fine Arts/Music Facilitator and Artist Educator to artists living with dis-abilities through various organisations such as the Art Gallery of NSW, Kaldor Public Art Projects, Front Up/Ability Options Seven Hills, No Boundaries Penrith, Information Cultural Exchange Parramatta, Sunnyfield Blacktown, Marrickville, and Parramatta, Macarthur Disability Services Campbelltown, and Studio ARTES Hornsby.
Bob Deacon is a performer hailing from the town of Nyngan in Central Western NSW and is now based in the Inner West of Sydney. He has a Diploma of Creative Arts and Health from the University of Tasmania and runs creative classes for people with a disability.
He has performed stand-up comedy shows at the Sydney Comedy Festival, Sydney Fringe Festival, and the Adelaide Fringe Festival. His theatre credits include ‘Cosi’ with the Lane Cove Theatre Company, ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’ with the Bondi & Eastern Suburb Theatre, ‘Tommy’ with the Mosman Musical Society, ‘Last Drinks’ with Brave New Word Theatre, as well as winning awards at Short + Sweet Festival.
Bob has created and acted in several short films and has one of the highest viewed Nutbush dance video (around 500,000 views) on Youtube.