Think someone who can’t hear can’t appreciate the theatre? Think again! At The Joan, we provide theatre training for people with disabilities, through the affiliated Q Theatre Company. For this reason, we were recently included in Connect Hearing’s list of ‘Get Involved with Courses for the Hard of Hearing’.
The Joan is a venue presenting the best in music, theatre and dance and is also home to our teaching facility the Penrith Conservatorium of Music, which provides quality music education for students of all ages and abilities. More recently, the Q Theatre Company (formerly Railway Street Theatre Company and originally the Q) moved to The Joan. Building on the substantial legacy of the Q Theatre Company, we now provide theatre training to young people aged 5-18, and people with a disability, as well as making innovative and community-focused performances.
‘Student-focussed,’ says Connect Hearing of the Access Ensemble program, ‘everyone gets the most out of the training based on their individual needs.’ Our Access Ensemble performing arts course is ideal for anyone who is hard of hearing or deaf. We offer the chance to experience the thrill of the theatre – and to develop your skills in performance arts – in a professional environment. But the best part about the course is the tutors.They are the kind-hearted, compassionate, and professional teaching artists that know how to make the theatre come alive – they make learning acting, movement, and expression as fun as it should be.
Participants in Access Ensemble gain and develop:
- Theatre skills and experience in a professional theatre environment;
- Confidence in their own voice, body and expression;
- Friendships with exciting new people;
- New forms of expression;
- Confidence through engaging with wider audiences.
At the end of the course, students get to perform in front of the public in our state-of-the-art theatre. This gives everyone who becomes a cherished part of The Joan an experience to remember forever.
Access Ensemble builds the classes around the participants. For anyone who signs up, no matter what their ability, we tailor each session around them. We’ve had lots of students of all ages with a hearing loss and have created a perfect space in which to make new friends, build confidence and have some fun.
Come try it out and see what The Joan is about. You’ve got nothing to lose, and the theatre to gain.
PENRITH PERFORMING & VISUAL ARTS
FULL-TIME 12 MONTH CONTRACT (Maternity Leave Cover)
LGA Level 7
(Salary range from $57,185 plus 9.5% super and 17.5% leave loading)
Here’s a great local opportunity to advance your career in arts management and marketing. Penrith Performing & Visual Arts comprises two of Western Sydney’s leading cultural institutions, the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and Penrith Regional Gallery and The Lewers Bequest.
We are currently seeking a motivated and enthusiastic self-starter with a passion for arts marketing to join our team as our full-time Marketing Coordinator. This position underpins the day-to-day marketing activities across the visual and performing arts in an organisation with exciting growth potential at the heart of the burgeoning Western Sydney region.
The Marketing Coordinator will work across a range of activities including publicity, promotion, distribution, communication, social media, content development, advertising, design, writing, editing, website updates, customer relationship management, general administration, database management and reporting.
If you love the arts and thrive on a fast-paced and dynamic work program then this is the job for you. You will need top-notch organisational skills, a solid grounding in marketing principles and the ability to work across multiple campaigns with competing deadlines whilst maintaining a good sense of humour and a commitment to creativity.
Download the Position Description here
Closing Tuesday 18 April (midnight)
HOW TO APPLY
Please carefully consider the Position Description, including the Essential and Desirable Skills, Qualifications and Experience, and prepare an application that references these. Include an up to date Resume and two referees, and email to:
Dave Garner, Business Manager, Penrith Performing & Visual Arts: email@example.com
If you have questions about the role please contact Krissie Scudds, Marketing Manager, Penrith Performing & Visual Arts: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dear Joan patrons
Those of you who attended Go Your Own Way will know that we experienced an air conditioning failure on the evening of 20 January.
First of all, let me apologise for any inconvenience experienced on the night with uncomfortable temperatures and slippery floors.
But you may be wondering what happened? I can assure you this was not a cost saving measure – but a sudden and unexpected system fault.
As you may know, our venue’s air-conditioning system is managed and controlled by Penrith City Council, and at present Council is upgrading and replacing the system right across the building. This includes a whole heap of complicated engineering details that I won’t even pretend to understand.
On the 20th something went wrong – but the system indicators did not register the fault – indicating all systems were working normally. Since then we have been working closely with Council to identify the cause of the failure and on communications protocols to ensure it does not happen again.
Thank you for your patience and loyalty, we are grateful to have you as part of The Joan’s community.