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Week Two: Your Story

Join Kiruna Stamell and Zac James as they explore the importance of inclusivity and respect in both the creative process for artists and for audiences.

Inclusivity with Kiruna Stamell

Kiruna is an actor, dancer, singer and disability advocate who works across theatre, film and TV based in the UK. Most recently she appeared in The New Pope on Netflix. In this tutorial she will explore the importance of inclusivity in both the creative process for artists and for audiences.

 

You can hear more from Kiruna here!

Resources

Kiruna has suggested the following resources for you to continue your exploration and learning:

> WATCH Stella Young’s Ted Talk, great talk, a crash course in disability and entertaining.

> WATCH “I have cerebral palsy. I shake all the time,” Maysoon Zayid announces at the beginning of this exhilarating, hilarious talk.

> READ Wiki’s page on Disability Representation, a neat summary of stereotypes and tropes.

> READ United Nations statement about disability and representation.

> READ ‘Hello?’ Disability Representation in the media

Kiruna’s current project Pirate and Parrot is now live, you can watch Episode One here.


Storytelling and First Nations Perspectives with Zac James

Zac is a Wonguktha, Yamatji and Murri man. Currently he is Creative Director at Yirra Yaakin Aboriginal Theatre Company. In this tutorial he will explore and unpack cultural protocols and safety when writing from First Nations perspectives and about First Nations stories.


Week Two Tutors:
Kiruna Stamell

Head shot of artist Kiruna Stamell

Kiruna Stamell is an Australian actor, dancer, singer and disability advocate who works across theatre, film and TV based in the UK. She has just completed a season in the West End, performing in The Jamie Lloyd Company’s production of Cyrano de Bergerac starring X-Men’s James McAvoy. This followed a very exciting production of Them starring Kiruna in the lead for the National Theatre of Scotland. Kiruna is recognisable as the Head Abbess at the Vatican in HBO’s The New Pope. And Australians 5 years and under will know her as a Play School presenter on the Australian series.

 


Zac James

Headshot of artist Zac JamesZac James, a TO Wongi, Yamatji man, studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, specialising in acting and performance. After several years working as an actor for the Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, he made his playwright debut as the writer of Kaarla Kaatijin. He continued with several other works showcased in the Yirra Yaarns project. After performing the role of Jampajinpa in the ABC/Netflix TV series 8MMM: Aboriginal Radio and the SBS/NITV series Shadow Trackers he delved into Screenwriting. As Yirra Yaakin’s Creative Director, he has recently written Ice Land and Bilya Kaatijin. During this time he has developed the Moorditj Wirlya workshops, facilitating the exploration of Culture and the importance of belonging and identity in community mental health.