At Riverside Theatres we pride ourselves in our leadership in the arts when it comes to access inclusion. We continue to forge ahead through the implementation our Access strategy, developed through talking to our community of artists, audiences and supporters.
Our platform is anchored in 3 pillars, starting with participation and the opportunity for people with disability to directly participate in performing arts activities and make artistic works. We also support art form development and we have 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 we are committed to building our relationship and ensuring access to the artistic products people want to see.
Riverside Theatre’s Beyond the Square drama program offers participants creative outlets, personal and social exploration, and skills development. 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.
Summary of Drama Workshop
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 well being, 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
“WE’RE VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE PROGRAM AS WE GO TO A LOT OF ACTIVITIES AND WE’VE FOUND THIS ONE TO BE NON PATRONISING AND THE TUTORS ARE CONSTANTLY THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX.”
REBECCA TULLY AND GREG MOUSER
Term 4 Workshop Times and Locations
Wednesdays 10:30am – 12noon & 12:15pm – 1:45pm at Burnside Gardens Community Centre, Oatlands
Thursdays 10:30am – 12noon & 12:15pm – 1:45pm at North Rocks Senior Citizen Centre, Carlingford
Fridays 10:30am – 12noon & 12:15pm – 1:45pm at Burnside Gardens Community Centre, Oatlands
Enquiries: Sophie Clausen, Program Coordinator – Access, tel.02 8839 3368 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Workshops on WEDNESDAYS and FRIDAYS are at BURNSIDE GARDENS COMMUNITY CENTRE, 3 Blackwood Place, Oatlands.
Workshops on THURSDAYS are at NORTH ROCKS SENIOR CITIZEN CENTRE North Rocks Park, North Rocks Rd, Carlingford.
PEOPLE ENROLLED FOR TERM 3 WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY RE-ENROLLED FOR TERM 4. AN INVOICE WILL BE SENT TO YOU FOR PAYMENT.
To enrol in the Beyond the Square drama workshops, please complete the online form below. We will process your request within a few days and an invoice will be issued to you for the fees for the term. Payments can be made to the Riverside Theatres Box Office – either at the counter, over the phone, Cheque (Made payable to Riverside Theatres) or by EFT. Payments cannot be made at the workshops.
The form is dynamic and will ask you a series of questions which you will need to complete. If you have any questions about completing the form, please contact our Box Office on 8839 3399 and our team will be happy to assist. Queries about the online form should not be directed to the program coordinator, Sophie Clausen.