Who’s Involved

Alison Richardson

Alison is the founder and Artistic Director of sliced bread attraction. She directs, teaches, performs, produces and mucks about. Most recently Alison directed & produced the My Space, My Place project- a four stage project spanning across Western Sydney engaging over 50 people with disabilities in photography, sound, performance training and theatre making. Alison also works for NSW’s peak arts and disability organisation, Accessible Arts as the Creative Programs Coordinator for Western Sydney. She was most recently awarded the 2007 Australia Council for the Arts Young Leaders Award for her commitment to community arts.  She also likes to knit (scarves only).

Tim Baines
Graphic Designer

Tim designed the Bakehouse program.

Go Tim.

[email protected]


Craig Anderson
Introduction to Film Making

Craig is an actor, director, producer and writer. He co-wrote and directed the AFI winning comedy series Double The Fist and has just finished making the second series. Craig recently produced the international award-winning shorts The Picnic and The Sister. He was also Associate Producer on the ABC Comedy series- Review with Myles Barlow.

Mircalla Havier
Contact Improvisation

Mircalla Havier is a teacher with Danceplay Australia. She is a dancer and performer who teaches moving meditations and martial arts and co-teaches Contact Improvisation with John. She is currently completing a Masters of Dance/Movement Therapy and Counselling (October 2009), specializing in autism/Aspergers in children and depression in adults. She has been working with people with disabilities through Wesley Institutes’ community movement therapy program.

John Addis
Contact Improvisation

John Addis is founder and Director of Danceplay Australia, a non profit organisation of dance, theatre and improvisation. John teaches Contact Improvisation in Sydney and is a passionate dancer and performer in the community. John also teaches young people at PACT youth theatre, Australian Theatre for Young People, the Australian Sports Commission and within the school curriculum.

Scott Wright
Mask & Character

Scott Wright, Artistic Director of erth. Scott has been a theatre maker all his life and has worked with the mask and puppetry art forms for most of this time. As an artist and teacher Scott’s experience is vast and encourages a positive and conducive environment for exploration, development and learning.

Website: http://www.erth.com.au/

David Clarkson
Stilt Walking

David Clarkson co founded Stalker in 1988 and during that time has led Stalker to become one of Australia’s top internationally touring outdoor theatre companies. David has over 25 years experience as a physical performer and devisor whose work has ranged from Olympic Opening Ceremonies to large scale community outreach projects. He was recently awarded the Rex Cramphorn Scholarship for an outstanding life long commitment to innovative theatre.

Nick Power
Break dancing

Nick Power has been representing Australian Hip Hop for the past 15 years as B*Boy (Breakdancer and Activist). He currently works with several companies across Australia as a dancer, choreographer, teacher & producer. He most recently was the Artistic Director of Platform 1 Hip Hop Festival, a large-scale, 2 day festival featuring over 70 artists held at CarriageWorks.

Genevieve Clay
Introduction to Film Making

Genevieve is an actor and director and is currently completing a degree in Media Arts & Production at UTS. She is currently working on a documentary for Down Syndrome NSW to be shown at Sydney Opera House in 2009.

Trofest Winner 2009 for short film  Be My Brother Read more…


Emma Hawkins
Model & Performer

Emma is a short statured performer, an all-rounder; actress, dancer and singer.  She has worked with many professional companies as an actress, including Sydney Theatre Company and Arena Theatre Company. She’s also Artistic Director of Atypical Theatre Company, her own company that represents fair representation of disability in the Arts. The latest, an award winning dance theatre piece, One More Than One, has toured to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, and Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival.  Last year also included roles in Sideshow Alley (new Oz musical) and King Lear in Tasmania. She has also been involved in many events as her alter ego The Divine Miss Em, most known for her tap dancing prowess, appearing in the Crusty Demons tour, Good Drugs & Bad Women (Sugartime) and with the League of Sideshow Superstars. She has been the poster girl for various festivals including this years “Other Film Festival” and “Short and Sweet”. She trained in performing arts at Ballarat University and received a ‘Diploma in Arts’ – Small Companies and Community Theatre. Emma is constantly building and challenging herself as a performer, learning new skills such as stilt walking, acrobatics and is currently training in hip hop and latin dancing.

Denise Beckwith

Denise has worked in the area of Disability rights for 6 years.

She currently works at People With a Disability Australia and she has won a bronze medal in the 2000 Paralympics for the 4 X 50 m relay.

Tracie Sammut

Tracie is an actress who has appeared in All Saints, House Gang and most notably G.P for which she was awarded a Logie.

In 2007 has also appeared in the feature film Clubland.


Yoga In the Community

Yoga in the Community is a not-for-profit organization that aims to support the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of at-risk groups within Australia using the techniques of yoga and meditation. The Yoga in the Community program will work in conjunction with other modalities (for example counselling and rehabilitation) – working to support activities within existing systems rather than outside of them. Check out www.yogainthecommunity.org for more info. Samadhi Yoga is proud to administer the Yoga in the Community programs.

Melissa Hunt
Toydeath (making noise with toys)

Melissa Hunt is a musician and sound artist. She completed a Bachelor of Arts-Music (hons) at UWS in 2002, majoring in composition and musicology. A double bassist and clarinetist, Melissa has performed and recorded with various contemporary ensembles including Lobsterman and Machine Translations. In 2003 she joined the all-electronic toy band Toydeath, and has been writing and performing with them nationally and internationally. In recent years Melissa has developed several interactive sound installations including Fortune Telling Sound Booth for the Performance Space NightTime Markets, 2007 and Overhear, for Liquid Architecture 2008.

Jennifer Teo
Website / Special Access Kit

Jennifer is an Occupational Therapist and has worked in the disability sector for over fifteen years. She works for Accessible Arts  as the Strategic Initiatives Coordinator for Western Sydney, alongside Alison Richardson. She works as a tutor at the SoundHouse VectorLab, Powerhouse Museum using the Special Access Kit. She is the Sydney director for Liquid Architecture, Australia’s premier sound arts festival. She also runs Plum Industries and programs an  experimental music radio show & podcast.

behind the scenes puppetry tour

erth visual and physical Inc are creative theatrical innovators continually producing large scale unique work. erth experiences include giant puppets, huge inflatables, aerial and flying creatures, and stilt-walking costumes. erth have a diverse history of creating original theatre at the forefront of new performance practice. Continually in demand for all types of events and festivals, erth have built an Australia wide reputation based on exceptional work.

Museum of Contemporary Art
Good Vibrations Caravan

Good Vibrations is a multi-sensory environment created specifically for the MCA’s Bella Program for Youth with Specific Needs. New York sound and new media artists, Bruce Odland and Michael Luck Schneider created this unique art installation of vibration, light, colour and sound housed in a modified caravan. This is what the artist’s say about the Caravan: “When you enter the caravan you experience the environment through your perceptions, quite differently through colour, vibration, and sound, and patterns of the elements that the caravan has collected in its journey. The level of mediation, resolution and clarity will all be controlled through interacting with a simple vibro-tactile interface inside the Caravan. Our previous work together went well beyond accessibility requirements into communication with populations previously thought unreachable, and we are very interested in keeping this wide accessibility at the centre of our new work, including wheelchair access.”