Undercover Artist:Online

You’re invited behind the scenes to see the inner workings of Queensland’s most exciting performing arts and disability festival.

Undercover Artist:Online raises the digital curtain on 8 innovative disability-led projects, bringing some of Australia’s best artists to your living room. So switch on your screens and take in all the talent the disability arts space has to offer.

Day One: Friday 4 December 2020, 3:00PM – 6:40PM AEST

Day Two: Saturday 5 December 2020, 3:00PM – 6:40PM AEST

Accessibility features for this event will include:

  • Auslan interpretation
  • Captioning
  • Audio Description
  • Post event
    • Panel discussion transcripts
    • Plain English summaries

All events are FREE – join for a single event or stay for the whole program.   

Register now for exclusive access to the two-day Undercover Artist:Online at https://bit.ly/3fwgzQE.

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3:00PM (AEST) Acknowledgement of Country and performance

Undercover Artist:Online begins with an Acknowledgement of Country by students from the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (ACPA)

3:05PM Welcome to Undercover Artist:Online

Official welcome by the Hon. Leeanne Enoch MP, Minister for Communities and Housing, Minister for Digital Economy and Minister for the Arts; Access Arts CEO Pat Swell, and Festival Director Madeleine Little.


3:30PM Conversation #1: Feedback and disability arts

Sometimes it is hard to ask for feedback, it can make artists feel anxious or nervous about their work. This conversation is designed to help artists feel comfortable seeking and implementing feedback as a crucial component of creative development and professional practice. It will also discuss the intersection of arts and disability in the work of artists with disability and/or who are d/Deaf, and how this may impact the feedback process.


  • Lauren Watson, Aerial Artist
  • David Truong, Musician
  • Louise Bezzina, Artistic Director, Brisbane Festival
  • Lee Lewis, Artistic Director, Queensland Theatre

Facilitated by Madeleine Little.


4:50PM Incubate update #1: Jackie Marshall

Project: to develop, write and record new songs for Jacqueline’s songwriting practice.

5:05PM Unite Update #1: Isabel Stankiewicz 

Project: playwriting mentorship with Dawn Albinger and Julie Robson (of Ladyfinger) and access and marketing with Harmonie Downes for the development of her new work, Necklace.


5:30PM Video update: SAFE Grant Allycia Staples

Project: insight into the impact the SAFE Grant has had on her creative practice in an unprecedented year.

5:35PM Incubate update #2: David Waldie

Project: continued development of an original cabaret in collaboration with duo partner, Kate Fletcher.


6:05PM  Incubate update #3: Aspy Jones

Project: development and recording of new songs to boost Aspy’s practice.

6:20PM Access Arts Achievement Award 2019 update: Lauren Watson 

Project: update on her work aerial theatre work Nerve.


3:00PM (AEST) Acknowledgement of Country and performance

Undercover Artist:Online begins with an Acknowledgement of Country by students from the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (ACPA)

3:05PM Welcome and recap of day one

Festival Director Madeleine Little.


3:30PM Incubate update #4: Marissa Ker

Project: next stage development of Bouffon theatre work, Denis and the Deets, a satirical comedy mocking cinema managers who don’t screen movies with open captions and more.

3:45PM Unite Update #2 – Oliver Hetherington-Page

Project: mentorship with musical theatre professional and producer Alex Woodward for the development of a new cabaret, The No Bang Theory.


4:20PM Incubate update #5: Alexandra Ellen

Project: first stage development of a new theatre work, Conversations with My Walker – exploring themes of internalised ableism, shame and disability pride in a funny and relatable story.

4:35PM Incubate update #6: Aha Ensemble

Project: Yoke, by Aha Ensemble. A first stage development of a dance-theatre work exploring relationships, connectedness, and interdependence. Supported by La Boite Theatre Company and informed by a collaboration with Phluxus2 Dance Collective who are supported by Arts Queensland.


5:00PM Conversation #2 : Leading in Collaboration

The vision for Undercover Artist Festival 2021 is that all professional creative projects are disability-led. As such, this conversation will go into what ‘disability-led’ means for a creative project and how it affects those involved. It will touch on the impact of representation in a leadership role and how it supports artists with disability/who are D/deaf in the rehearsal room and on the stage. It will also discuss what it means for allies in the space. What is the role of a person without disability in a disability-led space?


  • Dan Daw, UK dance artist
  • Dr Bree Hadley, Associate Professor,
    Queensland University of Technology
  • Racheal Missingham, theatre artist and

Facilitated by Madeleine Little.


6:10PM Closing 

Festival Director Madeleine Little will recap day two and present a sneak peek into Undercover Artist Festival, September 2021.


Having technical difficulties during the Undercover Artist:Online events or need more information?  
Contact us at undercoverartist@accessarts.org.au or 0403 070 661.

Logos from left to right: Access Arts, Brisbane City COuncil, Queensland Theatre, Deaf Services Queensland, British Council, Queensland Government