— Kevin Jackson Acting Studio

Exploring performance arts for people with a disability in Macarthur

This pilot project aims to introduce people with a disability to performance based arts – theatre and acting – in the three Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Macarthur. The project is about the core and growth of the individuals involved, taking a person centred approach to celebrate people with a disability. Key components of the project are as follows:

  • Initial meetings and workshops will take place between June and November in a venue in the LGA where participants live.
  • Two separate weeks of rehearsals at Campbelltown Arts Centre are scheduled for 11-16 November and 3-7 December.
  • Public performance in the week of International Day of People with a Disability, December 2012

The project is being led by Kevin Jackson. During the development phase, Kevin has sought to meet with as many people with disabilities as possible, expecting that some people not seen as obvious candidates may be drawn to the project when he speaks about his work. Once the three groups of participants are established Kevin will work with each group, teaching his approach to acting and shaping the work to be performed in December 2012.

The project will take shape through initial meetings with the partners and the participants and then regular sessions with Kevin that draw on participants’ interests, connections and skills. This process begins with conversations in which participants develop an understanding and learning about themselves that is essential to the art of acting. These sessions will grow into workshops and will determine a performance that embodies the particular attributes of the participants. This process reflects Kevin Jackson’s approach to people, acting and teaching.

While the project hinges on process rather than the results, the final performance directed by Kevin Jackson is also important and will be fully supported by Campbelltown Arts Centre.

For further information and to RSVP, please contact:

Annemaree Dalziel
Curator Contemporary Theatre
Campbelltown City Council
P: 02 4645 4336
M: 0414 954 977

Project Partners

The project partners are Macarthur Disability Services Ltd), Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown City Council, Camden Council and Wollondilly Shire Council. Each partner is contributing funding towards the project and in-kind support to ensure the social and artistic development, transport needs of participants, provision of venues and resources, technical support, documentation, evaluation, reporting, community liaison and promotional needs of the project are met.