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ACCESS Ideas and Insights - Performing Arts

ACCESS Ideas and Insights: Performing Arts

Join our first ACCESS Ideas + Insights Quarterly Panel Discussion for 2022.

Hear from some of Sydney’s leading performing arts venues and actor Bridie McKim as they discuss Access and Institutional Change. Discover practical advice on how to develop participation, inclusion and diversity across all areas of operation and join in the Q&A session.

Learn about:

  • Accessible programming
  • Practical advice on implementing inclusive strategies
  • Specific access requirements for the performing arts
  • Future goals and planning to achieve best practice in access and inclusion

Where & When

  • Thurs 3 March
  • 10am – 11am (45 min panel + 15 min Q&A session)


  • Bookings EssentialClick here to book tickets
  • Zoom (link provided following registration)


Janelle Ryan | Accessibility Operations | Sydney Opera House
Janelle Ryan has worked in the arts industry for over 23 years. In 2018, she took on the maternity leave position as the Accessibility Manager at the Sydney Opera House. After this appointment she took the role of Accessibility Operations in 2019 where she manages the annual Access programs and performances and is responsible for ensuring the successful fulfilment of the Opera House’s three-year Access Action Plan which involves whole of house strategies to improve access for staff, audiences, performers and visitors. Janelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

Joanne Kee | Executive Producer | Riverside National Theatre of Parramatta
Joanne is responsible for the artistic and strategic pathway of the Company. She was co-Artistic Director and founder of the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival, Artistic Director at Sydney Improvised Music Association, General Manager of The Song Company, Business Manager of Programming Sydney Opera House, ran a national contemporary music touring project, Sound Travellers, set up creative development and performances residencies for artists and has also worked at the Arts Council of England and Carnivale, multicultural arts festival. As a producer she tours internationally award-winning work. She is on the Create NSW Theatre Board and was on the Board of Music Australia, Sydney Fringe Festival, Glebe Chamber of Commerce and was Chair of Ausdance NSW and chair of the working group that set up Critical Path.

Justine Shih Pearson | CEO & executive Director | PACT
Justine has an interdisciplinary practice as a designer, creative producer, facilitator, writer, arts researcher and advocate. Trained originally at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, over 20 years she has collaborated on projects for live performance, digital media, film/tv, online publishing, public spaces, hospitals, and museums in Australia, Europe, the UK, North America and SE Asia.

Bridie McKim | Actor

Bridie graduated from NIDA in 2018 and at the same time became the first disabled actor to play a lead role on Australian television as Sabine in two seasons of The Heights, produced by Matchbox Pictures for the ABC. Bridie has also made guest appearances in the Stan original series Bump, as well as Dive Club, now on Netflix, and Irreverant – which is due to air in 2022.  At the start of 2021, Bridie played the role of Anya, in the Black Swan State Theatre Company’s production of The Cherry Orchard.

Bridie has also appeared in the comedy web series All We Have Is Now, Laura Nagy & Daniel Monks’ short film Bodies, and the multi-award winning short film Gimpsey, directed by Sofya Gollan, for which Bridie won the Award of Merit for a Lead Actress in the Best Shorts Competition as well as a nomination for Best Supporting Actress in the Madrid International Film Festival. In 2019 Bridie starred in Fat Salmon Production’s short film, Cinderella, for which she won Best Australian Actor at the Focus On Ability Short Film Festival.


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This event will be Auslan interpreted and have live closed captioning.

If you have access requirements, please advise us when registering. We may need 72 hours notice to accommodate your requirements. Please take this into account when registering.

For more information or to specify any access requirements to participate in this event, please contact

About Zoom

Our ATAG Online will be using the Zoom online conferencing platform. We’ll email you the Zoom link the day before the event. All you have to do is click on the link, follow the prompts and you’ll be part of the event.

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