WHOOSH! Residency

*This work is currently in development


WHAT do you want to talk about?

Developing a community capacity building residency model which seeks to leverage the impact of our theatre tours to build more inclusive communities


WHY do you want to talk about it?

Sensorium Theatre would like to explore how to effectively add value to regional and outer metro presentations of theatre shows by developing a residency model that includes building community engagment and connection, capacity building and training local artists, librarians, venue staff and educators. We would like feedback, support and collaboration to tailor this residency package for different communities.

We are developing a residency model that offers:1. Pre Residency planning, networking and development. 2. THEATRE offering WHOOSH! for a two week season to both neuro-diverse and inclusive audiences 3. Sensory Storytelling and Rhyme Time for very young children with and without disabilities ( 0-5yrs).4. TRAINING offerings tailored to the community – eg: Senses Awakening & DYI Sensory Storytelling 2 x 1/2 day workshops ( for educators and Library staff) 2 day Masterclass ( for Artists) if relevant, plus targeted mentoring and follow up, to enable local artists. ( 6-18), The aim of this program is to offer a deeper level of impact for both neuro-diverse and inclusive audiences, and to enable local artists to explore and develop a sensory theatre practise. We are keen tho discuss the model we have developed and to seek feedback and advise on the ongoing development of this model tailored for regional and outer metro communities.


What is your driving force in creating this work?

To deepen our level of impact in key regional and outer metro communities (where the love is) and to provide an introductory product to a small number of regional and outer metro communities.

Is what you want to discuss time-sensitive, or does it have a date for commencement or completion?


Often when Sensorium tours a work to a regional or outer metro venue it can be the first time young people with disabilities have attended an event specifically created for them. Sometimes it is the first time that they have attended the venue. In seeking to market and develop the audience for this work we are often engaged in community relationship building – we would like to really deepen this aspect of our engagement with different communities and build capacity locally to engage with and create art for young people with disabilities by building capacity locally amongst artists, venue staff, educators, library staff and other


Are you looking to engage in particular regional areas?

Sensorium has been to the Bunbury area x 3 times ( in 2014, 2016, 2019). We would like to work with BREC, City of Bunbury, schools in the Bunbury?busselton area to Albany, Bunbury, Armadale, Rockingham, Mandurah (???) with Kalgoorlie and Geraldton as intro level regions.


Is what you want to discuss time-sensitive, or does it have a date for commencement or completion?

March to May 2021, March to May 2022


What do you see as the next steps?

Sensorium Theatre are submitting an application with Lotterywest shortly, but are keen to continue to develop the offering and the model in partnership with regional and outer metro WA. We will begin conversation with friends both old and new to start shaping up partnerships and tailored residency packages. We would like to share where we get to at the showcase.


What do you hope this project will achieve, and how will you know if it has been a success?

We go on tour, and the impact in local communities is extraordinary.


Tell us about any supporting materials that will help illustrate the work.

We will introduce the company, our philosophy and our practise, then introduce this residency model and then engage in lots of discussion on the model.


Tell us about the skills and experience of the people involved

Artistic Director/CEO Michelle Hovane – cofounder of Sensorium since 2010 Artistic Director/COO Francis Italiano – cofounder of Sensorium since 2010 General Manager Guy Boyce – former Artistic Director of Mandurah PAC





Children / Family, Participatory / Interactive

Company Contacts

Guy Boyce
0408 013 870

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