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James Andrews – Creative Arts Director

As well as being the Creative Arts Director of YourDNA Creative Arts, James also conducts research at Monash University. James has worked in the area of arts and disability for over 10 years. His experience working with disability covers a range of fields but his passion is the potential of the arts to enrich lives and build social skills.

In his PhD research, the Theatre of Articulation research project, he examines the efficacy of theatre-based training methods in improving the social awareness of people with a variety of physical and intellectual disabilities. The students participating in the program are aged between 18 and 65 and have a variety of disorders including Autism, Down syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. Over a three-year period, James facilitated a variety of theatre-based training sessions with the students. The theatre-based training comprised of improvisation, movement, clowning, voice work and stage combat training sessions.

Through detailed analysis of the students within the training sessions and in their self-devised performance pieces, James measured the students’ awareness of and engagement with each other. It is hoped that the findings of this research can provide applied theatre practitioners, drama therapists and community-based performance artists with a set of exercises that have been shown to be effective with specific disorders and learning difficulties. In doing so, it is hoped that more theatre-based practitioners and community groups feel more comfortable and equipped to facilitate theatre programs involving people with a disability. James is due to complete his Doctorate of Philosophy in early 2017.

Manager

Sally Fantulin

Business Operations

Business Services Coordinator – Rachel Lee

Creative Arts

Creative Arts Coordinator – Brittany Swettenham

Creative Arts Program Facilitator – Lachlan Morrison

Creative Arts Program Facilitator – Narelle Oberin

Creative Arts Program Facilitator – Scott Alexander

Creative Arts Program Facilitator – Robert Merecer

Creative Arts Program Facilitator – Troy Williams

Creative Arts Program Facilitator – Emma Tokell

Creative Arts Program Facilitator – Angela Hastas

Creative Arts Program Facilitator – Ruby Jones

Creative Arts Program Facilitator – Alison Stock

DigitalArts

Digital Arts Coordinator – Hannah Reekie

Digital Arts Program Facilitator – Bree O’Connell

Digital Arts Program Facilitator – Briana Wernham

Digital Arts Program Facilitator – Isabel Collis

Digital Arts Program Facilitator – Sam Pierce

Digital Arts Program Facilitator – Rhiannon Stevens

Digital Arts Program Facilitator – Andrej Morgan

Digital Arts Program Facilitator – Miranda Darrer

Performing Arts

Performing Arts Coordinator – Carlee Williamson

Performing Arts Program Facilitator – Zoe Boesen

Performing Arts Program Facilitator – Felicity Gibbons

Performing Arts Program Facilitator – Fleur Dean

Performing Arts Program Facilitator – Susannah Breaden

Performing Arts Program Facilitator – Mackenzie Fonstin

Performing Arts Program Facilitator – Lauren Misso

Performing Arts Program Facilitator – Emily Dimattina