indelabilityarts is an inclusive theatre company that provides professional artistic and training opportunities for artists and community members who identify as having a disability. Our professional ensemble creates original work that communicates the lived experience of each artist across a range of performance modes to challenge the perceptions of audiences and industry alike. We further nurture the social, personal, physical and mental wellbeing of participants through our workshop series that offers ongoing skills development and training for community members with a passion and interest in the performing arts. Through our inclusive practice, we aim to foster acceptance and understanding for those who usually feel marginalised, discriminated against, or excluded from arts practice so that they can access and make work that both reflects their experience and caters to their needs.
MEET THE TEAM
CORE ENSEMBLE + ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE
Alexandra Ellen is a Brisbane based theatre maker and visual artist. She takes a multidisciplinary approach to her artistic practice which crosses form. She aims to educate, challenge, expose, encourage and delight.
Alexandra Ellen is the Artistic Associate at indelabilityarts and has been a member of
the professional ensemble since 2017.
Karen Lee Roberts
CORE ENSEMBLE + ARTISTIC ABASSADOR
Hi there! My name is Karen Lee Roberts and I am a performer/ writer/ singer living with and surviving bipolar disorder. My artwork aims to convey social and emotional messages to my audience on prevalent topics and trying to educate whilst entertaining.
I have performed extensively in Australia and overseas including acting and singing at the ...
Core Ensemble + Artistic Associate
Karen Lee Roberts
Core Ensemble + Artistic Ambassador
From humble beginnings as “Plum Pudding” - a nuanced performance his mother described as “Spectacular” - Joel has always had a love for performance. This love has afforded him incredible opportunities, from acting in many Community Theatre productions in Brisbane to nabbing the role of “Young Volunteer” in the upcoming TV Show, “Joe vs. Carole”
Michel is an emerging performer. He was a participant in the University of Queensland reference committee three-year study, Constructing Futures: An ARC Linkage Project investigating how young adults with intellectual disability and their parents plan for the future.
In 2017 Michel was honoured to speak at QLD's Parliament Building at the launch of All Abilities Queensland: Opportunities For All-State Disability Plan 2017–2020...
David is a singer, dancer and actor who enjoys playing comedy and writing his own songs. He has been a member of indelabilityarts since it’s inception in 2015. David believes in equality and acceptance – he wants to be seen as a performer in his own right regardless of his disability.
David sings with the Voicebox Choir. He has trained with Backbone Youth Arts and is part of the Light Ensemble...
Oliver graduated from QUT with a BFA Drama (With Distinction) at the end of 2019. Despite a global pandemic since graduating, In 2021 Oliver debuted his cabaret The No Bang at the Bille Brown Theatre as part of Undercover Artist Festival. The rave reviews allowed Oliver to take the Show to the Wynnum Fringe in November 2021, the Adelaide Fringe in March 2022, HOTA at the Gold Coast in September 2022 and the PiP Theatre in December 2022.
Cienda is an award-winning actor and director. She was a resident artist with Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe, performing with its in-school program. As well as performing for G&T in their productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Winter's Tale, Timon of Athens, Pericles Prince of Tyre, and Romeo and Juliet, (Del ArtË award). Other credits include Minefields and Miniskirts, Assassins, Anything Goes, Children of Eden, Richard III, and Antigone.
Rebecca is Co-artistic Director and co-founder of indelabilityarts. She holds both Acting (USQ) and Education degrees and currently works as an actor, workshop facilitator, producer and director.
As a director, Rebecca’s major theatre credits include Look Mum... No Hands!!! (Indel-ABILITY arts; Co-Director) & Love me;. Rebecca was also co-artistic director and actor of award winning ThreeSisters productions...
Catarina holds both Arts (Acting) and Education degrees from QUT and Griffith respectively and has worked in Brisbane as a freelance director, actor, voice-over artist, mentor and teacher for over 20 years. As a Director, her most recent credits include: Anatomy of a Suicide (BC Production and Metro Arts), Diving for Pearls (QT online Play Club), Children of the Sun (QUT), Poison (EG & Metro Arts), Spike Heels (QUT)....
Laura has been working with the indelabilityarts team since its inception in 2015 and brings a diverse background of skills to the company. She spent many of her young years dancing, holds a teachers certificate in tapping and after she left her hometown of Boonah moved into Brisbane to expand on her repertoire of skills.
She spent three years studying Musical Theatre with Harvest Rain Theatre Company..
Georgina has been working in the community and arts space for over 10 years. She has facilitated programs and coordinated events for organisations specialising in homelessness, LGBTQIA+ youth, animal rescue, correctional support, children's health, eating disorder treatment, and rural services.
After graduating with a degree in theatre from USQ in 2011, Georgina worked in children's theatre for 8 years before shifting focus to education and management. She is currently completing her master's degree in social impact marketing. Her goal at indel is to create a safe environment for participants to develop their creativity on their own terms.
Swim free, dear Wilbur, you beautiful soul,
An amazing person completely and whole.
So kind and caring, with humour and love,
He’s missed by so many, cherished beyond and above.
A fellow with challenges, nothing stopped him achieving,
In himself and others, he was always believing.
He gave praise and compliments freely to others,
Such a warm-hearted person to his sisters and brothers.
I remember in Adelaide Jack wandering out of reach,
Loosing track of time on a trip to the beach!!
And at a picnic, asked to bring a plate,
He brought a packet of them- no food- it was great!!
He shone in his role playing Wilbur the Whale,
And will always be the original, in that particular tale.
A fantastic ASM in Look Mum, No Hands,
He gave it his all in SA and Queensland.
A wonder in workshops, everybody loved him,
As did the whole community, on more than a whim.
He touched people’s lives in such a marked way,
The love that Jack gave would simply make your day.
He was such a close part of indelability,
We miss him so much, a member of our family.
Swim free, dear Wilbur, you beautiful soul,
That you are now in calmer waters does console.
- By Karen Lee Roberts
Providing creative opportunities for Queensland artists with disabilities.
indelabilityarts seeks to fill a gap within arts and disability service provision, particularly for school leavers, by offering ongoing, skills-based training in the arts and creating professional artistic opportunities for community members with disabilities. In undertaking actor training, our workshop participants improve their physical and spatial awareness, develop their social and communication skills and therefore their confidence, and by expressing their identity and discovering a place where they belong, they also improve their mental wellbeing. Our professional ensemble members take a leadership role within the workshops, mentoring less experienced participants, passing on their skills, and being positive role models within the community. Our workshop series directly benefits participants, their families and social networks, but also has a broader social impact by working to overcome barriers to participation in the arts and therefore wider social prejudices.
More broadly within the community we are working to connect different organisations – from the arts industry to the disability sector – to promote accessibility and inclusivity within arts practices and community spaces. So far we have connected culturally across arts, disability, and other foundations including: the Endeavour Foundation, Billy Blue School of Design, Brisbane Powerhouse, La Boite, MND and Me Foundation, Redland Performing Arts Centre, Arts Centre Gold Coast, Creative Access, Communify, Homunculus Theatre, and the Down Syndrome Association of Queensland to help bridge the gap between artists and audiences with disabilities and arts and cultural organisations.