04 Feb - 17 Jun 2022
120 Minutes
$184 - $320

Access Ensemble:
For Ages 18+ Living with Disability

Semester 1, 2022

Access acting, music and movement exercises designed to stimulate the creative imagination and develop skills in personal and creative self expression. Designed to cater for people with mild to moderate physical and/or intellectual disability, these workshops are a fantastic weekly creative outlet, which allow participants to work towards a performance outcome.

Run over an 8-week term, we are proud to offer two programs as part of our Access Ensemble. Choose from:

  • Young Adults Ensemble for emerging artists aged 18 -26
  • Adults Ensemble for artists aged 26+

Support workers are welcome to sit in on all workshops.

Click here to view our 2021 Studio Q Online Showcase, first streamed on Saturday 27 November 2021, to see what you can achieve by being a part of our Accelerate class.

Studio Q classes will be proceeding in-person at The Joan in 2022. Should the current NSW Health Order change and restrict activities on site at The Joan, classes will instead be delivered online via Zoom.

Before enrolling in Studio Q 2022, please download and read the Studio Q Information Kit including the Terms & Conditions and Covid Safety Plan, and contact us if you have any questions at creativelearning@penrith.city

Click here to download the Information Kit


Term 1
Each Friday, 4 February 2022 1 April 2022
Adults Ensemble (Ages 18 – 26): 10:30am 12:30pm
Young Adults Ensemble (Ages 18+): 1:30pm 3:30pm

Term 2
Each Friday, 29 April 2022 – 17 June 2022
Adults Ensemble (Ages 18 – 26): 10:30am 12:30pm
Young Adults Ensemble (Ages 18+): 1:30pm 3:30pm

All Acccess Ensemble students will participate in a Special Presentation on Friday 17 June 2022, 10:30am – 12:30pm, as their final class for the semester. More details will be available closer to the date.


Enrollments for Term 2 of our Access Ensemble are available through The Joan’s Box Office.

  • Phone: Call Box Office on (02) 4723 7600; or
  • In Person: Visit Box Office at Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, 597 High Street, Penrith

If you are using a Creative Kid Voucher, have NDIS funds or are having trouble with booking online please call Box Office on (02) 4723 7600 and select Extension 3.

For all non-booking related enquires, including course material, notification of absence, or scheduling questions or please email creativelearning@penrith.city or call the Studio Q-Coordinator on (02) 4723 7600 and selecting Extension 2.

Please note our regular Ticketing Services phone hours are:
Monday – Friday
9am – 7.30pm (during school term)
9am – 4.30pm (school holidays)

Online bookings 24 hours

Phone (02) 4723 7600
Email boxoffice@penrith.city

Creative Kids Vouchers

As a registered provider for the Creative Kids program, you can redeem your $100 voucher with us. Vouchers can be redeemed by calling the Box Office on (02) 4723 7600.

Click here to apply for a Creative Kids Voucher

For more information regarding the Creative Kids program, or to learn more about the more than 40 government savings and rebates to help with your cost of living, visit service.nsw.gov.au 

COVID Safety

The health and safety of everyone at PP&VA venues including The Joan remains our top priority, and we’re grateful to our community for working together to help keep everyone safe. We follow NSW Government Health advice as well as our own risk assessment processes and policies to ensure we are providing the safest conditions for our audiences, visitors, volunteers, students and staff.

Here’s what you need to know about visiting The Joan:

  • We strongly recommend that all visitors be fully vaccinated.
  • We strongly recommend face masks are worn by all over 12 (unless exempt) and are encouraged for those under 12 years of age as well.
  • Please check in using our QR code – it’s not required but it helps in identifying exposure sites.
  • We strongly recommend patrons to maintain a safe social distance, you may move to seats away from others once the audience is seated. If in doubt our friendly ushers are there to help.

And remember,

  • Our air conditioning system has a UVC system in place for added sanitation and safety; and
  • By staying local, you decrease your travel and exposure to risk!

We encourage everyone to take precautions and to monitor your health to ensure we all stay safe. Please check the Health and Safety Guidelines for more detailed information.

Click here for more information

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