Francis is a Hybrid Artist with Writing, Design, Performing and Visual Arts skills that have lead him to design/devise for over 30 Theatre, Large-Scale Spectacle Events and Short Films, and have over 20 of his scripts for plays and short films produced. In particular, he has developed his practice as a Community Cultural Development artist, working with many marginalized groups to produce theatre, films, performance events, publications and exhibitions. He has also been a core artist of WA’s spectacle & CCD collective, SWERVE. He has worked extensively for DADAA-WA, leading numerous projects in writing, visual arts, and theatre for children and adults experiencing disabilities. Most recently he performed with Spanish company Teatro de los Sentidos in the Perth International Festival Show Oraculos.
Michelle is a performer, project initiator, deviser and facilitator with an extensive history of working with indigenous communities and communities experiencing physical and intellectual disabilities. She is fascinated by making work that is community and site-specific ranging from intimate political cabaret to large-scale outdoor spectacles. She has been a driving force of the SWERVE multi-arts collective since its inception in 1999. She is passionate about multi-sensory and immersive theatre and excited about being a core artist of Sensorium.
Rachel is an internationally experienced visual theatre artist who creates work for all ages using traditional and contemporary puppetry techniques. She was the special needs outreach education artist for the Little Angel Theatre, London, and has also has worked with Oily Cart & Horse & Bamboo specialist sensory theatre companies in the UK. Rachel is also a specialized Early Years Arts creative consultant with her ‘Imaginary Leaps’ family engagement project successfully programmed at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, and the State Library of WA. Most recently her early years show Atishoo had it’s Australian premiere in the Perth International Arts Festival.
Jamie’s personal creative odyssey has included touring internationally with music acts, collaborating in theatrical, circus and dance productions, film soundtrack composition, musical studies in West Africa and Southern India and plenty of community arts work. The latter has seen him working with a diverse range of groups around Australia including children and adults with developmental and/or physical disabilities, indigenous and migrant communities and at risk youth. Although primarily a multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer and songwriter, his greatest satisfaction has come from multiple art form collaborations that engage specific communities in in subtly – and sometimes deeply – transformative processes.
Amity has been performing in the Arts since she could walk and sing. Touring and collaborating with Steps Youth Dance Company for many years, Amity studied her BA in Dance at WAAPA before completing a BA Education (Special Needs) and becoming a Special Needs teacher. As a performance artist Amity has developed works in local and rural communities across the country, working predominantly with at risk youth and children with special needs.