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The artists and companies involved in this area of work don’t share a global common language. Some define themselves as ‘inclusive’, interactive’, ‘integrated’ or ‘accessible’; others use terms like ‘disabled-led’ or ‘disability arts’ or talk about ‘unlocking authentic voices’.
We have decided to use the term ‘inclusive’ to recognise a shared ethos. Inclusive Art recognises the contributions of disabled people, the value of inclusive practices, and the importance of representation with dignity, diversity and difference that enable disabled young people, participants and artists to take part.
Here you will find a list of companies that share the International Inclusive Arts Networks ethos.
We have added a new feature to the iian. You can now visit our YouTube page where we have begun to create a YouTube library of examples of inclusive practice from around the world
ArmeniaTheatre for Changes NGO http://all-children-can.blogspot.com/
http://joiningefforts.blogspot.com/ Founder: Hayk Sekoyan The leading interactive theatre company in Armenia working with/for young people and schoolchildren. Dedicated to the promotion of inclusive education in Armenia and the rights of children with disabilities.
ChinaArts with the Disabled Association www.adahk.org.hk Executive Director: Janet Tam Shanghai Children’s Art Theatre http://www.shcat.com.cn Jane TSUI Although there are relevant foreign practice and experience for children with special needs many years, it is still nearly blank in China. At this time, we hope to provide the best environment and content to children with special needs and their families and provide the possibility of another kind of happiness for them. We also hope that through our efforts the public and children with special needs and families will get to know each other and further get along with each other in public space, starting with our venue
IranSimorgh Theater Company / Mohammad Boroumand www.artsimorgh.com Maryam Khoshdel Simorgh Theater Company was established in 1995 by Mohammad Boroumand. Since then we have produced many plays, animations, books, documentary films mostly for children and adolescents
JapanKenjiro Otani www.alharah.org Main Contact : Kenjiro Otani Founded in 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. The company aims to be a theatre group with diversity performing non-verbal theatre, physical theatre, theatre for children, and theatre for all ages, not only in Japan but world wide. It also facilitates a wide range of theatre workshops inclusively with children and adults with different abilities. The company is associated with NPO Kawasaki Arts.
PalestineAl-Harah Theater www.alharah.org General Director: Marina Barham Al-Harah Believe that theater can change the lives of those who make it and those who watch it, Al-Harah Theater holds drama trainings for groups of special education teachers, rehabilitation workers and social workers to use drama with clients with different physical and mental disabilities and encourage the incorporation of theatre education into Palestinian curricula. It also organizes theater trainings for children and young people, playwriting and script writing workshops, and produces performances with which it tours to reach audiences in different villages and refugee camps.
ThailandNetwork of Music and Arts by People with Disabilities www.nmad2006.org Chairman: Sawang Srisom
South AfricaFTH:K www.fthk.co.za Company Director: Tanya Surtees FTH:K is a young, ground-breaking theatre company that works in the field of Visual Theatre. Without a dependency on any one language, our work crosses cultural and linguistic divides and calls on audiences to listen with your eyes. Remix Dance Company www.remixdancecompany.co.za Artistic Director: Malcolm Black Remix Dance Company was established in 2000 with the purpose of creating a platform to bring together dance artists from diverse backgrounds and different physical abilities, in order to deliver professional performances and educational work in schools. The company’s motto is ‘Any Body Can Dance’. Remix’ current focus is to grow and strengthen its educational work in schools. These projects bring together able bodied and differently abled schoolchildren via the medium of dance. The aim is to foster and develop positive relationships, create pioneering performances, and effect positive change in communities by addressing restrictive notions of disability.
AustraliaArts Access Australia www.artsaccessaustralia.org CEO: Emma Bennison Arts Access Australia (AAA) is the peak national body for arts and disability. Have a look through our website for news, connections and information about the vibrant Australian arts and disability sector. St Martins Youth Arts Centre
www.stmartinsyouth.com.au Artistic Director: Clare Watson
St Martins Youth Arts Centre is a company that devises contemporary theatre with diverse Under 18s in collaboration with professional artists for new and varied audiences HEIST eGallery, Arts Access Victoria www.heistegallery.com.au Curator: Kath Duncan HEIST eGallery is Arts Access Victoria’s online gallery, showcasing the work of artists with and without disability. No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability http://www.nostringsattached.org.au Artistic Director : PJ Rose No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability is community-based and contemporary. We perform on stage, off stage, back stage and in the office. Everyone is welcome. Our vision is to create world-class theatre with artists who live with disability. Our mission is to lead the way in training, services and opportunities for disabled theatre artists. Philip Channells // Dance Integrated Australia
Creative Director Philip Channells www.philipchannells.com Philip Channells is one of Australia leading disability-inclusive dance practitioners who has considerable international experience working in the UK, Scandinavia, Asia and across Australia. Philip Channells // Dance Integrated Australia creates new opportunities for people with different physicalities and life experience to collaborate artistically and excel in dance Restless Dance Theatre http://restlessdance.org Artistic Director: Michelle Ryan Restless Dance Theatre is Australia’s leading dance company working with young disabled and non-disabled people to create dance theatre and run workshop programs Shopfront http://shopfront.org.au Accessibility Director: Margot Politis Shopfront is a contemporary arts centre – a cultural network and production co-operative where all young people under 25, regardless of background or ability can create themselves. Vital Statistix www.vitalstatistix.com.au Designer / Co-Director: Gaelle Mellis Vitalstatistix (Vitals) is a boutique producer and presenter of contemporary theatre and interdisciplinary arts projects. We produce new Australian performance and live art that is provocative, distinctive and informed.
AustriaDANCE-GANG www.danceability.at Main Contact: Vera Rebl Dance-performances for young audiences Ensemble proArte http://www.ensembleproarte.at Main Contact: Florian Jung Inclusive theatre workshops for both disabled and non disabled participants Essellissimo www.sli-ooe.at Main Contact: Sabine Pfeiffer Inclusive theatre for both disabled and non disabled participants idance company www.idancecompany.at Main Contact: Beata Vavken A dance company for dancers with learning disabilities InterACT www.interact-online.org Main Contact: Mag. Dr. Michael Wrentschur A theatre working with disabled people Kraud & Ruam Theater www.institut-hartheim.at CEO: Mag. Josef Leitner Inclusive experimental theatre work kuk-theater (Kunst und Kultur) www.kuk-linz.at Management: Mag. Jürgen Heib Theatre working with performers with and without mental health issues Kultur- & Bildungsverein “Ich bin O.K.” www.ichbinok.at Chair: Hana Zanin Dance for disabled and non-disabled performers tanzfabrik-wien www.tanzfabrik-wien.at Mario Mattiazzo A dance and theatre company with deaf performers Theater Malaria www.theater-malaria.at Management: Iris Hanousek-Mader Theatre for performers with mental health issues Zirkus Nö www.gfgf.at/zirkus.noe/zirkus-noe/index.html Main Contact: Tageseinrichtung Zwettl Circus arts for disabled performers
EnglandAccess all Areas www.access-all-areas-uk.org Artistic Director :Nick Llewellyn Access all Areas is a theatre company for people with learning disabilities based in Hackney, London.
As well as mounting professional touring productions through our performance company, we run a range of exciting and innovative projects. Bamboozle www.bamboozletheatre.co.uk Artistic Director – Christopher Davies Bamboozle uses a team approach to explore a magic, multi-sensory mix of theatre, music, design, puppetry, visual arts and problem solving. The company strives to understand how students with learning disabilities access ideas and engage with theatre experiences. Blink Dance Theatre
Our core company of professional learning disabled actors have worked in film, television and theatre at every level. The company works with leading companies, actors, writers and directors and is inclusive in all aspects of it’s work. Dragon Breath Theatre www.dragonbreaththeatre.com Artistic Director: Nettie Scriven/Peter Rumney Dragon Breath are currently researching / developing interactive and immersive performance environments for work with autistic teenagers. English Touring Opera www.englishtouringopera.org.uk Artistic Director: Tim Yealland Lots of experience in performing to audiences with special needs.Described as collaborating with special schools. Sensory approach to stories from opera performed with minimal set but maximum vocal/dramatic impact. Epic Arts
www.epicarts.org.uk Contact person: Laura Evans Epic Arts is an international, inclusive arts NGO, working in Cambodia, the UK and China. Epic Arts Cambodia is committed to educating and empowering Cambodian people to see ability, not disability. We use the arts to work with people who have disabilities and those that do not, to promote the message that every person counts. Extant www.extant.org.uk Artistic Director: Maria Oshodi Extant is the opposite of extinct. Formed in 1997 Extant was the inspired name chosen by a group of professional visually impaired artists, for the emergence of a new dynamic space, intended to redress our invisibility as artists and explore new creative territories. Face Front www.facefront.org Artistic Director: Annie Smol Face Front is a company of disabled and non-disabled artists who create multi-layered theatre which is accessible to all.
Face Front’s work in Education includes issue based touring theatre, arts projects and theatre skills working with young people and adults. Frozen Light www.frozenlighttheatre.com Artistic Directors: Lucy Garland and Amber Onat Gregory Frozen Light create multi-sensory theatre for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities that tours theatre venues nationally and internationally. Graeae www.graeae.org Artistic Director: Jenny Sealy Graeae is a disabled-led theatre company that profiles the skills of actors, writers and directors with physical and sensory impairments. The artistic approach creates aesthetically accessible productions that include a disabled and non-disabled audience. Greenfingers Productions email@example.com Artistic Director: Liz Waugh Greenfingers creates interactive sensory theatre shows designed to be enjoyed by people with complex needs (learning disabilities, sensory or physical impairments or autism). Head 2 Head www.head2headtheatre.co.uk Artistic Director – Sara Cole Formed in April 2006, Head2Head offers inclusive and accessible theatre-in-education through:- Curriculum and issue-based shows + workshops and sensory based workshops. Half Moon Young People’s Theatre www.halfmoon.org.uk Director: Chris Elwell Half Moon Young People’s Theatre offers young audiences a unique theatrical experience celebrating and exploring difference, informing emerging opinions about disability at an early age. Interplay www.interplayleeds.co.uk Artistic Director – Steve Byrne Interplay works across all artforms – theatre, film, music, visual arts, radio, literature – using the arts as a vehicle to help people re-engage with their local communities and in turn develop new skills and self-esteem. The company particularly engages with young people who experience economic, social and sensory Kazzum www.kazzum.org Artistic Director – Daryl Beeton Kazzum create playful theatre and participatory arts activities for young people using art forms that reflect international influences. The work embraces the beliefs, emotions and creativity of its audiences. Magpie Dance www.magpiedance.org.uk/ Artistic Director: Avril Hitman Magpie Dance is an inclusive contemporary dance company and has carved out a national reputation for its exciting and inspiring approach to inclusive and creative dance. Based in Bromley, at The Churchill Theatre, we are accessible to all surrounding boroughs and can deliver workshops to any region in the UK. Mind The Gap www.mind-the-gap.org.uk Artistic Director: Tim Wheeler Mind the Gap is an experienced touring theatre company based in Bradford, Yorkshire, which performs around the UK and internationally. We are a professional theatre company that helps people with learning disabilities become professional actors, and helps actors with learning disabilities achieve their potential. No Limits Theatre www.nolimitstheatre.org.uk Artistic Director: Janet Nettleton Founded in 1995, No Limits Theatre is committed to socially inclusive projects that enable young people, disabled people and community groups to be involved in innovative theatre projects. With regional and national touring at the heart of the Company’s work No Limits fuses drama, dance, design and music to produce theatre that aims to excite and challenge expectations. Oily Cart www.oilycart.org.uk Artistic Director – Tim Webb Challenging accepted definitions of theatre and audience, we create innovative, multi-sensory and highly interactive productions for the very young and for young people with profound and multiple learning disability or an autistic spectrum disorder. By transforming everyday environments into colourful, tactile ‘wonderlands’ we invite our audience to join us in a world of the imagination. The Orpheus Centre www.orpheus.org.uk The centre promotes transition into independent living; providing opportunities for young disabled adults to promote personal development through performing arts so they gain the skills to live independently in the community and to make informed choices about their futures. Roundabout, Nottingham Playhouse www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk Artistic Director: Andrew Breakwell History of creating specialist theatre work for audiences with disabilities. Long history of education embedded in practice. New writing focus.Involved in a collaborative PhD project with University of Nottingham looking at this field. Spare Tyre sparetyre.org/about/about-us Artistic Director: Arti Prashar Spare Tyre works intensively with people who have a wide range of disabilities such as dementia, autism, physical and sensory impairments, mental health, downs syndrome, seizures. Seeing Beyond Theatre www.seeingbeyondtheatre.blogspot.com Artistic Director: Lucy Garland Seeing Beyond Theatre creates sensory performances for small PMLD audiences. SpeakEasy www.speakeasytheatre.co.uk Artistic Director- Andy Reeves Speakeasy is a Theatre in Education Company based on the Saffron Lane Estate in Leicester, providing workshops, performances and interventions across the Midlands. Stopgap Dance Company www.stopgap.com Artistic Director: Lucy Bennet Stopgap Dance Company create exhilarating dance productions for national and international touring. We employ disabled and non-disabled artists who find innovative ways to collaborate. Stopgap value a pioneering spirit and are committed to making discoveries about integrating disabled and non-disabled people through dance. Difference is our means and our method. Stopgap’s productions are devised by the company dancers and collaborators, working as an ensemble under the artistic direction of Lucy Bennett. Unicorn Theatre www.unicorntheatre.com Access Manager: Kirsty Hoyle The Unicorn is the UK’s leading professional theatre for young audiences, dedicated to inspiring and invigorating young people of all ages, perspectives and abilities, and empowering them to explore the world – on their own terms – through theatre.
Artistic Director: Julie McNamara
VITAL XPOSURE is a bold, dynamic new production company operating under the creative leadership of disabled artist Julie McNamara. Created in 2011 the company sets out to promote hidden voices with extraordinary stories to tell.
Creative Director – Di Christian or Development Director – Sue O’Brien
Wicked Fish is a Disabled led theatre and creative arts company based in Liverpool in 2003, whose performers have Learning Difficulties. We work as a team to create and deliver performances, workshops, heritage and training projects, in arts, community and education venues. We devise all our own work and have developed our own accessible style of learning. We have worked with partners in Germany, Bulgaria, The Netherlands, Lithuania, Spain and Portugal.
FranceArtemiss Compagnie www.artemiss-compagnie.fr Artistic Director: Philippe Le Coq The company proposes to go and practice theatre where it very rarely goes; that means in the actual reception places for people with disabilities. Our mission is also to favour all mixed artistic projects (normal & disabled). So far more than 200 disabled children have performed in our shows. Cultiv’Art firstname.lastname@example.org Artistic Director: Olivier Schetrit When the word meets the silence. Our aim from the beginning was to discover with the hearing impaired our tales. To achieve that we’re offering these tales in the way that they perceive the world, visually. At the same time we’re trying to get people acquainted with the language and culture of the deaf. Les Lutins Malins www.leslutinsmalins.com Artistic Director: Olivier Moreau Theatre, Integration, Formation. Objectives: The organisation of drama classes, workshops, shows and cultural projects. The organisation of intersocial events. Writing and adaptation. The creation, production and promotion of artistic shows. Danse ta Différence www.danse-ta-difference.fr President: Marei-Aline The discovery and blooming of the person disabled or not, child or adult, through body language and with all the means of expression and with the desire of the acceptance of the difference and the integration for all. The pleasure of mastering a body often clumsy and in pain, expressing and sharing intense emotions, lightens up and comforts our action. étantdonné dance company http://www.etantdonne.fr Artistic direction : Frédérike Unger & Jérôme Ferron Since 1998, étantdonné creates for all and young audiences, but also brings dance and creation to everyone, through transmission, workshops and outside performances. Let’s create a movement together.. La Drôle compagnie www.drolecompagnie.com Artistic Director: Didier Berjonneau/Perrine Trouslard La Drôle compagnie creates shows but also play and festive events around disability and difference. The company works with various artists handicapped or not, strongly believing that difference is richness. Apart from the creation the company promotes activities for raising attention around disability and difference. Compaigne de l’Oiseau Mouche www.oiseau-mouche.org Artistic Director: Stéphane Frimat
GermanyBlaumeier www.blaumeier.de Theatre, music, photography, masks, painting and literature for every age with and without disabilities BewegGrund http://www.beweggrund.org BewegGrund stands for equal rights, self-determination, equal opportunities and integration. Our objective is self-evident togetherness of disabled and non-disabled people in cultural projects. Compagnie Augenmusik
Director: Daniela Krabbe
The Compagnie Augenmusik is a freelance theater group which was established in 2013 in Frankfurt am Main by director Daniela Krabbe and light- and stage-designer Lukas Wegner. Our main priority lies on creating theater for deaf children, but not exclusively.
With different deaf and hearing actors we want to develop new kinds of performances and storytelling to enable access to theater for deaf children as well. We are giving priority especially to the seeing and feeling which are the mainly sensory experiences and ways of reception of deaf children.
We want to create music for the eyes – Augenmusik. What music is conjuring in a hearing body, we want to transfer in a visual way on stage and therefor in the hearts of the deaf children.
With various artistic forms we want to develop stories which are close to the everyday sensory and life experiences of the deaf children as well as revealing them a new and highly imaginative experience space. Circus Sonnenstich www.circus-sonnenstich.de Main Contact: Anna-Katharina Andrees Inclusive circus arts which developed from the theatre company Ramba Zamba Die Blindgaenger www.sww-muenchen.de Main Contact: Kunigunde Thiess A theatre group that consists of blind or visually impaired artists Die Schattenspringer www.dieschattenspringer.de Main Contact: Bertram Goldbach A theatre group with disabled and non-disabled actors DIN A 13 tanzcompany www.din-a13.de Production manager: Gustavo Fijlakow DIN A 13 tanzcompany is world wide one of the few dance companies with dancers with and without disabilities. Since its foundation by its Choreographer Gerda König in 1995, the DIN A 13 tanzcompany has added new aesthetic categories to the world of modern dance and dance theatre, challenging current visual habits in the world of contemporary dance. Eisenhans www.eisenhans-hamburg.de Main Contact: Herbert Enge A theatre group of disabled performers hArt times www.h-art-times.de Main Contact: Frank Matzke An inclusive theatre and band RambaZamba www.theater-rambazamba.org Artistic director: Gisela Höhne Founded in 1991 as a theatre and art studio for artists with learnings disabilities and others, RambaZamba is Germanys most important inclusive theatre according to newspaper “Mainzer Allgemeine”, showing around 100 performances a year in its own theatre at Kulturbrauerei Berlin and on tour.
GreeceTHE.AM.A. http://www.distheater.gr Production International Coordinator: Maria Dragataki THE.AM.A. was established in 2010 as a professional theater group for people with disabilities operating in Greece. It is a mixed, fully integrated group which aspires to establish the first Greek Higher School of Drama for people with all disabilities. It is registered in Greece as a not-for-profit organisation with the Ministry of Culture ARTimeleia https://artimeleia.wordpress.com/ Annita Capousizi (Anna Kapousizi) ARTimeleia is a theater group based in Athens. Its primary aim is to explore the unlimited possibilities that physical limits offer in an integrated theatrical environment of disabled and non-disabled artists.
ItalyTeatro La Ribalta http://www.teatrolaribalta.it/it/ Director of the Teatro la Ribalta: Antonio Viganò: Academy Art of Diversity- Teatro la Ribalta is a professional theatre group in which performers with and without physical and mental disabilities work as an ensemble. The actors give passionate expression to their artistic potential: they dance their individuality poetically and act with convincing credibility. The productions are energetic, touching, and evocative. Over years of collaboration, the Academy of Diversity, was created. This diversity includes culture, theater, dance, education, discussions, and artistic and social development. The mission is to counteract exclusion and to give all involved a professional and social identity.
Collaborations with other theatre groups on a national as well as an international level have been going on for many years. Well-known actors, artists, and choreographers participate in productions, education, and outreach.
NetherlandsTheatre Maatwerk www.theatermaatwerk.nl Artistic Director: Koert Dekker/ Maurice de Jong Started in 1987 & produces theatre with actors with a learning disability. 90 seater theatre in Rotterdam
Northern IrelandReplay Theatre Company www.replaytheatreco.org Artistic Director: Anna Newell
PolandTeatr 21 www.teatr21.pl Art Director: Justyna Sobczyk Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute www./en.instytut-teatralny.pl Manager: Dorota Buchwald
PortugalCiM – Multidisciplinary Integrated Company www.companhiacim.jimdo.com Artistic Director: Ana Rita Barata Born in late 2007, CiM searches diversity and a constant enriching with experiences, being its multidisciplinary approach an impulse to find new methods and answers to creation and exploring, in search of letting go limitations and focus action on the best each one has to offer. CiM’s work has been presented through Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Brazil, U.S.A. and was attended by over 35.000 people in 4 years.
Republic of IrelandBlue Teapot Theatre Company www.blueteapot.ie Artistic Director: Petal Pilley Mission is to effect a positive change in public consciousness concerning people with disabilities through the medium of theatre by allowing our members inherent talent and creativity to speak for itself. Blue Teapot is a place where actors with intellectual disabilities in Ireland. Fishamble www.fishamble.com Artistic Director: Jim Culleton Fishamble is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed company, dedicated to the discovery, development and production of new work for the Irish stage. Since 1988, the Company has produced numerous plays by first-time and established playwrights. Arts & Disability Ireland www.adiarts.ie Executive Director: Padraig Naughton We champion the creativity of artists with disabilities, promote inclusive experiences for audiences with disabilities and work to enhance the disability-related capacity of arts organisations. We work in partnership with the arts sector, and encourage the disability sector to do the same.
ScotlandBirds of Paradise Theatre Company www.birdsofparadisetheatre.co.uk Artistic Director: Robert Softley
Birds of Paradise is dedicated to promoting the work of disabled artists in partnership with non-disabled artists and mainstream theatre venues and companies. Equalities are at the heart of all company activity and cuts across all areas of our work. Grid Iron Theatre www.gridiron.org.uk Artistic Director: Ben Harrison Grid Iron are an Edinburgh-based theatre company who, following their incorporation in 1995 and their first show Clearance at the Traverse, Edinburgh, swiftly gained a reputation for creating high-quality, high profile shows. The Company went on to specialise in presenting shows in unusual locations.
SerbiaApsArt Centre for Theatre Research www.apsart.org Director and Founder: Aleksandra Jelić ApsArt is using applied theatre and game based learning in work with different socialy marginalized groups as a tool for personal development and social engagement. Grupa “Hajde da…” www.hajdeda.org.rs In our work we are trying to connect persons with disability and contemporary dance professionals, so that persons with disabilities can develop themselves as artists. This collaboration is a chance to create something that will be a new quality itself. Till now 650 people attended our inclusive theater workshops, over 1,000 people saw the presentations of principles of inclusive theatre practice, we created two professional theater pieces and thousands of people saw the plays. Over 50 newspaper articles and television reports about the project appeared in the media. Per. Art www.perart.org Artistic Director: Saša Asentić Since 1999, the „Art and Inclusion“ program of Per.Art organization gathers people with learning disabilities, artists (theatre, dance and visual arts), special educators, representatives of cultural institutions, architects and students. The main aims of the „Art and Inclusion“ program are the production of artistic projects in which people with learning disabilities have active role as authors, co-authors and performers, and the promotion of their work on an equal basis within the local and international contemporary performing arts scene. Our projects are based on the idea of art as practice which is defined by, but also defining the social context in which it appears. ERGstatus Dance Theater www.ergstatus.org Artistic Director: Boris Caksiran ERGstatus Dance Theatre was established in 1998, as an educational project of contemporary dance. Since then this project grew as an important independent organization in the field of contemporary dance in Serbia and in the region of South East Europe, which consists of seminars, workshops and artistic production of ERGstatus Dance Theater. ERGstatus also works as an integrated dance company with disabled and non-disabled dancers.
SpainPaladio Arte www.paladioarte.org We are charity that works for the social and work integration of people with phisic, psiquic or sensorial disabilities via theatre. Despertar de los Sentidos www.despertardelossentidos.com Choreographer: Sarah Ramirez Dance company that uses movement and corporal expression to practice both daily and artistic activities in favour of the personal wellbeing and the social integration. Compania Danza Mobile www.danzamobile.es The company wants to integrate people with intellectual disabilities in the professional circuit. Contando Hormigas www.contandohormigasteatro.blogspot.com Artistic Director: Ignacio Calvache Company formed by 6 blind actors. Principal objective is to integrate the disabled into society through the scenic arts.
SwedenMoomsteatern www.moomsteatern.com Artistic Director: Kjell Stjernholm Professional integrated theatre based upon actors with intellectual disabilities. The Swedish national Touring Theatre Tyst teater www.riksteatern.se Artistic Director: Josette Bushell-Mingo Riksteatern is an idea based cultural organization with over 40,000 dedicated members. Many of these members are active in one of Riksteatern’s local non-profit theatre associations, working to make drama, dance and performing arts available to all people, all over Sweden.
SwitzerlandBewegGrund www.beweggrund.org Main Contact: Susanne Schneider BewegGrund is an inclusive dance organisation from Switzerland which was founded in 1998. COMEDYexpress www.COMEDYexpress.ch Management: Peter Wenk Comedyexpress is an inclusive theatre company from Switzerland which was founded in 2003 look&roll, int. Kurzfilmfestival zum Thema Behinderung www.lookandroll.ch Management: Gerhard Protschka A short film festival with a focus on disability. The festival is organised every two years. Theater HORA – Züriwerk www.hora.ch main Contact: Giancarlo Marinucci A theatre company working with performers with mental health issues
WalesHijinx www.hijinx.org.uk Executive Director: Clare Williams
Hijinx is a professional theatre company, based at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, which tours small scale theatre throughout the UK and Europe. Hijinx’s work is distinctive because its casts always include actors who have learning disabilities. The ability of these effortlessly talented performers is at the heart of every show the company produces, creating work that is utterly absorbing, surprising and provocative. Hijinx pioneers this inclusive theatre because it makes much of the skills and raw talent of people who often get overlooked in today’s world and gives them a platform to make and perform stunning theatre alongside actors who don’t have disabilities. The Touch Trust www.touchtrust.co.uk Artistic Director: Dilys Price Touch Trust is a pioneering charity that offers unique creative movement programmes for individuals with learning disabilities, those affected by autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), complex needs, behaviour which challenges, and other vulnerable groups in the community. Taking Flight Theatre Company www.takingflighttheatre.co.uk Artistic Director: Elise Davison Our aim with this company is to work with groups of people who have traditionally been under-represented in theatre, film and television.Most of our courses include a performance element however this is not always a necessity as we believe the process is as important as the end product.
GuatemalaArtes Muy Especiales www.fundacionartesmuyespeciales.com Executive Director: Sonya de Peter
JamaicaVSA Arts of Jamaica www.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/affiliates/international.cfm?co=jamaica
Executive Director: Brian Heap Dedicated to providing art activities for people with disabilities in Jamaica, VSA arts of Jamaica organizes a variety of programs geared to facilitate environments conducive to self-expression.