Curriculum Vitae

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

Performance Project

  • 2015, Ballet Truss, Ladies Lounge Cabaret (Melt Festival), Vulcana Women’s Circus
  • 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

Filming Project

Professional Development

  • 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

Membership

  • 2013 – current, Access Arts Inc
  • 2013 – current, Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Association
  • 2011 – current, Vulcana Women’s Circus

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