Access Ensemble: For Ages 18+ Living With Disability
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Access Ensemble: For Ages 18+ Living With Disability

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.


We invite parents and supporters of Studio Q to join us for a free Studio Q presentation in our final week of Term 2. Each of our courses share a short 5 – 10 minute “Behind the Scenes” series of activities or scenes, providing an insight into their creativity and the skills they’ve been developing through theatre training. The event is included as part of the standard student course fees and is a wonderful day for our teams to come together. We hope you can join us!

Dates & Times
Participants: Friday 11 June, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Parents and Supporters: Saturday 12 June, 11:30am – 12:30pm

We strongly recommend all staff and visitors (12 years and older) wear masks inside The Joan.

Key Details

Dates & Times
Adults Ensemble: Fridays, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Young Adults Ensemble: Fridays, 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Term 2, 2021
Week 1 – 23 April
Week 2 – 30 April
Week 3 –  7 May
Week 4 – 14 May
Week 5 – 21 May
Week 6 – 28 May
Week 7 – 4 June
Week 8 – 11 June*

*The workshop in Week 8 of Term 2 includes a Studio Q presentation for parents and supporters of students. Participants: 10:30am – 12:30pm. Audience Members: 11:30am – 12:30pm. See above for more information

$184 per student, per term
Creative Kids Vouchers accepted

Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre,
597 High Street, Penrith
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Click here to find out about accessibilty at The Joan

Please contact our Theatre Programs Coordinator, Ian Zammit on (02) 4723 7600 (Tuesdays, 1pm – 8pm or Wednesdays – Saturdays, 9am – 4:30pm) or email


As a registered provider for the Creative Kids program, you can redeem your $100 voucher with us. Vouchers can be redeemed in person or 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 

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A COVID-19 Safety Message

Were COVID SafeThe Joan is a registered COVID Safe venue and is following strict NSW Government guidelines and expert public health advice. Your health and safety is our priority.

Please click here to view our full COVID Safe Plan and our new ticketing Terms and Conditions.

Please note safety measures may change. We regularly update our processes based on the latest government advice.

In accordance with the recent update to NSW Health regulations, The Joan is operating at 100% capacity from 29 March 2021.

There will be no vacant seats between bookings in seated indoor venues for all events at The Joan from 29 March 2021.

It is the responsibility of every individual to help stop the spread of COVID-19. If you have experienced cold or flu-like symptoms in the last 14 days, have a temperature and/or been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, it is our right to refuse you entry into our venue. The health and safety of our patrons and staff is extremely important to us. Please contact us before your event if any of the above applies to you.

We strongly recommend all staff and visitors (12 years and older) wear masks inside The Joan.

For more information on how you can help us keep our community safe, please click here.