Sparc Theatre is a company of diverse performers, many of whom experience barriers to social and cultural participation, including for those who live in supported accommodation.
Recommencing 23 April 2021, Sparc Theatre meets one day a week on Fridays from 10.00am to 1.00pm at the wheelchair accessible Baxter Hall at Christchurch Community Centre, corner Acland & Eildon St, St. Kilda during Victorian School terms (see 2021 Term Dates).
Sparc Theatre participants explore and develop skills in drama, acting, singing, improvisation, script, dance, movement and choreography in a socially, creatively and culturally inclusive, safe and welcoming environment.
Sparc Theatre participants are also provided opportunities to perform in productions, films and live events, collaborating with other professional artists and companies in a variety of settings, public and online domains e.g. festivals, theatre venues, community & industry events.
Sparc Theatre is managed and supported by highly qualified disability arts practitioners and specialists. The team is comprised of Nilgun Guven (Program Manager & Acting Artistic Director), Nikolaos Panos Alexandratos (Operations Manager & Culture, Health & Wellbeing Officer) and Disability Arts Support Workers- Angelina Lodge and Marjetka McMahon-Krizanic.
On average, 10 performers participate in the program on an ongoing basis.
Entry to Sparc Theatre is determined by the process outlined in Accessing the Service section in the Sparc Theatre Operational & Welcome Information Pack.
Sparc Theatre is a fee-for-service activity that may be supported through participant's NDIS Plans (Core Supports) and/or Aged Care Packages (Planned Activity Groups).
Participants who are NDIS plan approved who Self Manage or pay for Plan Management and/or Aged Care Package approved are welcome to engage in Vitae Veritas’ programs, supports and services.
Sparc Theatre is a community-based performing arts program for adults with disability managed and delivered by Vitae Veritas Pty Ltd in agreement with City of Port Phillip (Memorandum of Understanding is available on request). Vitae Veritas acknowledges the vital support and management provided by The Port Phillip City Council for Sparc Theatre between 2004 and 2020.
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Image by Paul Dunn of Sparc Theatre's Are You Lonesome Tonight? production at the Greyhound Hotel 2015