After years of of applying for funding I have finally be successful. The Amplify Your Art program provides funding for artists with disabilities to undertake a program of professional development. I have called my program The Seeing Place.
The Seeing Place has been designed to develop my skills in the development of new work and dramaturgy as well as developing new facilitation skills, which I hopes will lead to further employment in the community arts sector.
I will undertake a year long internship with Milk Crate Theatre where I will be mentored by Artistic Director, Maree Freeman and Sydney Theatre Company’s Kip Williams in Dramaturgy. With them I will be helping develop the script for thir next company production “This House is Mine”. I will also be mentored in Community Cultural Development workshop facilitation by Associate Director Sarah Emery. With her I will be facilitating creative workshops at the Come In Youth Resource Centre. Milk Crate Theatre works mrimarily with individuals who have experinced homelessness and social marginilisation. I began working with them mid last year while I was still recovering from a number of years of ill health. They have been incredibly generous with their time and support as I find my way back into my creative career.
In June I will sit in on the creative development of Version 1.0‘s new work The Ground Beneath Our Feet, about coal seem mining.
A few weeks ago I attended Back to Back Theatre’s Summer School, which was inspiring and great fun…more about that in my next blog post. And in July I will be training for a week with Zen Zen ZO in Suzuki and Butoh physical theatre and View Points.