Racheal is a deaf female circus artist, whom has been training in circus arts skills including aerial skills and ground skills since 2011. She has had a short but noteworthy professional career, which underscores her professional ambitions both in the field of physical theatre and in helping the broader community.
Education and Training
- 2015 – current, Actor’s Dojo
- 2015, Easter Cohort, Incubator Program, Vulcana Women’s Circus
- 2015 – 2018 (expected), Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama), Queensland University of Technology
- 2013 – current, Contemporary Dance and Ballet, 2Ballerinas/Mad Dance House
- 2011 – current, Aerials and Ground Skills, Vulcana Women’s Circus
- 2003 – 2009, Ballroom and Latin Dance, various dance organization
Artist Career background
- 2015, Mentorship for Hands Up Project, Vulcana Women’s Circus
- 2014 – 2015, Secretary, Management Committee, Vulcana Women’s Circus
- 2013 – current, Founder and Project Coordinator of Deaf Arts Network in Queensland
- 2013 – 2014, Ordinary Member, Management Committee, Vulcana Women’s Circus
- 2011 – 2013, Circus Trainee, Vulcana Women’s Circus
- 2011 – 2015, Life Stories Program, Deaf Children Australia
- 2015, Ballet Truss, Ladies Lounge Cabaret (Melt Festival), Vulcana Women’s Circus
- 10 minutes performance involved with aesthetic movement with boxed truss (https://rachealsrealm.com/2015/03/01/vulcana-womens-circus-truss-ballet).
- 2014, Snippets of Small Change, TEDx
- 10 minutes performance showcasing the snippets of Small Change performance using the truss on stage.
- 2014, Small Change, Vulcana Women’s Circus
- Small Change is a show about women’s work. And these women have unfinished business…Rarely seen on stage (or wall), Small Change shares the stories of thirty awe-inspiring women. They labour at domestic chores, fight invisibility, scale great heights, expose their fury and fight, and relish the satisfaction of passion-felt work.
- 2014 – current, Curious Pixie, Individual Project
- Delop new works through the concept of her relationship with sound and the acquisition of a cochlear implant.
- 2014, Devised Performance, “The Roots”, Solar Bear Theatre in Partnership with Royal Scotland Conservatoire
- “Roots” is about exploring different journeys and events that can happen which can hold us back or propel us forward.
- 2013, Rising Star Disability Masterclass, Access Arts Inc (http://youtu.be/82gqHWLuZaM)
- This project was about the exploration of devised theatre based on the concept “Tiny little Lies” thus making the aesthetic accessible.
- 2011 – 2012, Wizard of Auslan, Vulcana Women’s Circus (http://vimeo.com/65351917)
- The project was about creating a unique performance that examines the physical languages of circus and the transition of Auslan from past to today using the Wizard of Oz concept.
Research and Development
- 2013 – Current, Exploring the use of multi-sensory techniques and tools in theatre, Collaborated Artists
- Explores the use of multisensory modalities in theatre for deaf, hard of hearing and wider audiences
- 2012, Open Day at Griffith University, Griffith University (Unpublished)
- 2012, Wizard of Auslan, Vulcana Women’s Circus (Published) (http://vimeo.com/42746870)
- 2009, DSRQ Policies and Constitution, Deaf Sports and Recreation Queensland (Published) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XheN5G97qxY
- Jan 2015, Australia Theatre Forum, Sydney Australia
- 3 and half day of seminar and keynotes speakers discussing theatre in Australia
- Oct 2014, Sync Leadership Residency Program, Sydney Australia
- 5 day intensive leadership training with Jo Verrent.
- Jan/Feb 2014, Solar Bears Theatre, Glasgow Scotland
- Two weeks professional placement with Solar Bears Theatre to learn about the establishment of deaf theatre and its programs.
- Jan/Feb 2014, Various Organization
- Visited various organisations to have a discussion about deaf artists, what opportunities that may exist for others and myself.
- Jan 2014, Candoco Dance Company, London England
- Two weeks professional placement with Candoco to learn about the company’s principles of integrated disabled and non-disabled dancers, the creative development of the new company’s work and to be involved in company class.
- Dec 2013, Ryerson University, TADsinc and David Bobier, Toronto Canada
- Two weeks research into developing better access for deaf audience using various multisensory technologies.
Awards and Nomination
- 2015, SAFE Grant, Access Arts
- 2014, Life Enrichment Grant, Deaf Services Queensland
- 2013, Rising Star Bursary, Access Arts in partnership with Arts Queensland
- 2013 – current, Access Arts Inc
- 2013 – current, Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Association
- 2011 – current, Vulcana Women’s Circus
- 2014 – Empowering a Deaf Artist through Circus Community of Practice, Arts Queensland: http://www.arts.qld.gov.au/blog/index.php/empowering-a-deaf-artist-within-circus-communities-of-practice/
- 2014 – How it all Began for Reacheal Missingham, Access Arts: http://accessarts.org.au/index.php/news/latest-newsletter/
- 2014 – Australian Artists visit Candoco, Candoco Dance Company: http://www.candoco.co.uk/2014/02/australian-artist-visits-candoco/
- 2013 – Deaf Arts Queensland, Access Arts: http://accessarts.org.au/index.php/2013/09/18/deaf-arts-queensland/
- 2013 – Update of Rising Star Masteclass, Access Arts: http://accessarts.org.au/index.php/2013/09/18/update-on-rising-star/
- 2013 – Rising Star Masterclass, ABC Radio: http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2013/07/24/3809863.htm
- 2012 – Circus Trainee Program, Vulcana Women’s Circus: http://vulcana.org.au/introducing-our-trainee-racheal-missingham/
- 2012 – Wizard of Auslan Review, Womyn News: http://womynews.wordpress.com/2012/10/28/the-wizard-of-auslan-by-vulcana-womens-circus-review/