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Inclusive theatre symposium: a day full of action!

  • Theatre
  • Education in Art
  • Research

What a great day at the inclusive theater symposium at ArtEZ in Arnhem! The bachelor of Theatre in Education Arnhem was delighted to host such a diverse and inclusive programme at ArtEZ Academy of Theatre & Dance in Arnhem. Big thanks to everyone who participated and attended.

Inclusive theatre symposium: a day full of action!

Well visited

Theatre-makers, actors, researchers, care workers and teachers came from all over the country - from Groningen to The Hague - to attend the symposium. Because when actors with and without disabilities are on stage together, it can result in wonderful theatre productions and yet this inclusive art form still receives little recognition. To further develop and spread this form of inclusive theatre, researchers from Hogeschool Rotterdam and ArtEZ University of the Arts have joined forces.

Symposium full of action

During the Symposium on 19 September, the results of the research were presented in a lively way. 

Students from the Theatre in Education course in Arnhem and players from Klare Taal participated in a moving radio play based on research interviews. Composed by Ines Sauer and Hélène Meyer, directed by Elsa May Averill and Paul Koek. Selma van Huijzen and Monique Bussmann (Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences) were particularly successful in presenting the analysis on all interviews inclusively. The afternoon was lively and humorously chaired by Thijs de Lange.

Future recommendations

The symposium concluded with strong recommendations for the future to policy and theatre makers, followed by drinks and live music. A great conclusion to the day and a lively start to the week!

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Online tool

A preview was given at the symposium of an online tool to be launched, to which initial reactions were promising. The online tool - an inclusive website accessible to all - shows the possibilities of inclusive collaboration in theatre. More on that in November.

Thanks to all research partners

Thanks to Klare Taal, Theater Babel Rotterdam, ArtEZ Professorship for Art education as Critical Tactics (AeCT), Hogeschool Rotterdam, Kiem Kunst, Gemeente Rotterdam, Pameijer, Nationaal Regieorgaan Praktijkgericht Onderzoek SIA en LKCA.