Heritage Talk: Accessibility and the Theatre
With Jenny Sealey, Artistic Director and CEO of Graeae Theatre, and Plymouth based Producer Dan Baker, we will discuss accessibility and the arts, particularly for people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and disabled people; how this has been approached historically and what needs to change moving forward. Chaired by Guy Newman.
Jenny Sealey has been Graeae’s Artistic Director since 1997. She has pioneered a new theatrical language and coined the ‘aesthetics access’ as an artistic expression, experimenting with bilingual BSL and English, pre-recorded BSL, creative captioning, in ear/ live audio description methods.
Jenny co-directed the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony alongside Bradley Hemmings (GDIF). She also won the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award.
Jenny is also the founder member of Where’s My Vagina? women’s collective www.wmv.org.uk
Dan Baker is a Plymouth-based producer who specialises in artist development and outreach, and has worked across the UK and internationally. As hard of hearing person from a working class background, he is a passionate advocate for inclusivity and access within the arts .