Arts Development Manager | Kristina Tito is responsible for ensuring quality arts programs and creative opportunities for people with a disability across NSW. Liaising with artists, the disability sector and arts workers are an integral part of this role. Her work also extends to enabling platforms for emerging and established artists with a disability to develop and showcase their work. Kristina managed Project Insideout, a supported ceramic studio and gallery space, at Macquarie Hospital.
Program Director | Sarah-Vyne Vassallo is a director, choreographer and teacher and has worked across commercial and contemporary dance, theatre, television and community arts. She is a Winston Churchill Fellow recipient for integrated dance (2014). Throughout her career she has worked with; Sydney Festival, Sydney Opera House, Museum of Contemporary Art, Bankstown Arts Centre, Critical Path, Ausdance, FORM Dance Projects, Shaun Parker and Company, Sidetrack Theatre, Disney, ABC, Screentime and Channel 7. In 2015, Sarah-Vyne launched Sydney’s first professional integrated performance company, Murmuration.
Dance Theatre - Danielle Micich, Artistic Director of Force Majeure.
Torres Strait Islander Artist – Ghenoa Gela, independent artist, is a strong Torres Strait Islander from Rockhampton Central Queensland.
BodyWeather – Tess de Quincey, Artistic Director of De Quincey Co
Theatre – Margot Politis, Accessibility Director at Shopfront Arts Co-Op
Pilates – Anthea Doropoulos, Senior Pilates Instructor and Studio Manager at Leeon Pilates and co-founder of DirtyFeet.
YEAR ONE – Artistic Development
Kay Armstrong is a graduate of W.A.A.P.A, Kay has worked professionally as a performer and choreographer in theatre, film, television, corporate and street theatre for the last 25 years. She has worked across genres and has had multiple roles in the creative industry ranging from performer, creator, educator, mentor, artistic director and producer. In 2004 she was awarded the Robert Helpmann Scholarship and in 2013 she was awarded the prestigious Ausdance Peggy Van Praagh Fellowship for established artists.
Since 2012 Kay has created as lead mentor, several integrated works for Sunnyfield. In 2012 she with Canberra Dance Theatre’s integrated program CDTeens and in 2013 she mentored Amplify grant recipient Chris Bunton. Kay has just completed an integrated performance/video art project through Campbelltown Arts Centre with students of Mater Dei High School.
YEAR TWO – Choreographic Research
Marc Brew is an Artistic Director and choreographer, who trained as a professional dancer at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and The Australian Ballet School. He has been working in the UK and internationally for the past 18 years as dancer, choreographer, teacher and speaker; with the Australian Ballet Company, State Theatre Ballet Company of South Africa, Infinity Dance Theatre in New York and CandoCo Dance Company. He was a guest performer for the London Hand Over Ceremony for the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony and in 2009 was appointed Associate Director with Scottish Dance Theatre, alongside dedicating time to his own choreography with Marc Brew Company.
Sarah-Vyne Vassallo will facilitate choreographic research, applying her research findings of the dance canon, mathematical patterns, structures and organised chaos . She will work in tandem with Marc Brew’s morning sessions collaborating with the residents in fostering their own choreographic processes.
Artist led conversations with Caroline Bowditch
Dance Business with Sarah-Vyne Vassallo
Dance Health + Well-being with Anthea Doropoulos
Industry Panel | Australia Council, Critical Path, Accessible Arts and Dargie Entertainment.
Caroline Bowditch [Independant Artist] Australian born but Glasgow based performance artist and choreographer, she describes herself as a performer, maker, teacher, speaker and mosquito buzzing in the ears of the arts industry in the UK and further afield. Caroline is a founder member of Weave Movement Theatre (Melbourne) and The FATHoM Project (Newcastle), is Artist in Association with Paragon Music (Glasgow) and a Visiting Professor at Coventry University. Her consultancy work in accessibility and inclusivity includes ongoing work with Skånes Dansteater, Sweden and most recently with Australian organisations Access2Arts, Arts Access and the Australia Council for the Arts.
Philip Channells [Creative Director | Dance Integrated Australia] is one of Australia’s leading practitioners in disability-inclusive dance. He is Creative Director of Dance Integrated Australia, former Artistic Director of Restless Dance Theatre, and has worked in the UK with Candoco, StopGAP and Corali dance companies, Adam Benjamin and the Scottish Dance Theatre. In 2013 Bundanon Trust appointed him an Ambassador to the Artist in Residence Program.
Dan Daw [Independent Artist + Artistic Associate of Murmuration] Dan is a professional dancer and one of Australia’s leading artists in integrated dance. Born with cerebral palsy, he is committed to mainstreaming performing artists with disability. He received the Dame Ruby Litchfield Scholarship (Performing Arts), enabling him to attend the globally renowned CandoCo Dance Company Foundation Course in Dance in London. Parallel to working as a performer, Daniel has tutored for Restless Dance Company, No Strings Attached: Theatre of Disability, FRONTLINEdance, Scottish Dance Theatre, and the Candoco Dance Company. He has become an inspirational role model in Integrated dance.
Janice Florence [Artistic Director | Weave Movement Theatre] is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Weave Movement Theatre, the Melbourne based hybrid dance and theatre Performance Company comprising people with and without disabilities. Janice has trained in dance in Australia and the USA. In 1983 she completed a Graduate Diploma of Movement and Dance at Melbourne University. For 10 years, she was a performer, teacher and researcher with State of Flux, one of the first Australian companies to include a dancer with a disability.
Paige Gordan [Director| TRACKSUIT} was born in Subiaco, Western Australia, and began her movement training in callisthenics. Later she took up ballet with Kira Bousloff and then went on to study dance at tertiary level at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Paige worked with the Meryl Tankard Company in Canberra (1990-1992) in 1993 she began working in Canberra as an independent artist and shortly afterwards set up Paige Gordon and Performance Group. Gordon was appointed artistic director of Buzz Dance Theatre, Perth, in 1999. With Buzz Gordon revived Paper City and Raising the Standard and created several new works for young people, including Rumpelstiltskin, which toured to South Africa in 2001. Paige is currently the Director of TRACKSUIT an inclusive ongoing performing arts workshop program based in Perth
Michelle Ryan [Artistic Director | Restless Dance Theatre] has enjoyed a career that has spanned 25 years in the arts. Michelle was appointed Artist Director of Restless Dance Theatre in 2013. Michelle worked for Queensland Arts Council before joining Meryl Tankard in Canberra and Adelaide as part of Meryl Tankard’s Australian Dance Theatre. She has recently performed in London at the Unlimited Festival and at the Malthouse Theatre in Torque Show’s Intimacy.
RESIDENT ASSISTANT ARTISTS
David Baker David completed Ignition Theatre Training 2005 and a Diploma of Theatre Arts 2009. David is a member of Weave Movement Theatre, in 2015 he performed in the White Night Festival – Melbourne (Artistic Director Caroline Bowditch) and a short film and performance “Will You Go Round With Me” (Artistic Director Kat Worth), La Mama Theatre – Melbourne. David also performs with Rollercoaster; RAG and Dream Theatre Companies. In 2012 he was selected to represent Australia at the Unlimited UK disability Arts Festival, London, where he participated in Masterclasses with “Candoco” and “Stop Gap” Dance Company.
Margot Politis is a recognized leader in inclusive arts practice as an actor, choreographer, movement teacher and devisor. She graduated with an Honours Degree in Creative Arts And Drama Performance from Flinders University Drama Centre SA. Margot has has worked with Restless Dance Theatre, Axis Dance and The Gabrielle Roth Moving Centre (USA), dance artist Tricia Brouk (NYC), Stopgap and Mind the Gap (UK) and Shopfront Contemporary Arts & Performance, as the former Accessibility Director. Most recently in Australia, Margot has worked with Tasdance, The Song Room and Autism Spectrum Australia and is currently an Associate Director with Milk Crate Theatre’s community arts program.
Matthew Shilcock began performing professionally in 2009 with No Strings Attached Theatre for Disability’s Preparing the Garden training program. He went on to work with Restless Dance Theatre in 2010, where he is a part of the Education Team and Touring Company and was a dancer’s representative of the Restless Board until 2014. In 2012 he attended the Catalyst Dance Masterclass Series and performed in Second Skin directed by Philip Channells, Dean Walsh and Sue Healy at Carriageworks in Sydney, the following year Matthew was invited to be on the Catalyst Advisory Board and awarded a travel scholarship to attend.
Melinda Tyquin is a graduate from UNSW in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts (Dance/English) and Bachelor of Education. She currently is a Dance Program Facilitator for the Parramatta Catholic Education Office VET and HSC Dance Program and a DirtyFeet Board Member. Melinda was the 2012/2013 recipient of: Critical Path’s Adelaide Festival of Arts and APAM Emerging Choreographer Residency, Parramatta City Councils Artists Fellowship, and PACT’s Vacant Room Residency.
Michelle Silby – Director Ausdance NSW
Dan Daw – Independent Artist
Melinda Tyquin – Independent Artist
Matthew Shilcock – Independent Artist