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New York 2018 ISPA Congress - Jenny Sealey
New York 2018 ISPA Congress
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Jenny Sealy

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Session 6 | In Balance: Art, Community, and Leadership
Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Jenny Sealey | Provocateur

Graeae Theatre Company
(United Kingdom)

CEO / Artistic Director

Jenny Sealey has been Graeae’s Artistic Director since 1997. She has pioneered a new theatrical language and aesthetics of artistic access experimenting with bilingual BSL and English, prerecorded BSL, creative captioning, in ear/ live audio description methods. Two, The Fall of the House of Usher, peeling, Bent, Blasted, Diary of an Action Man, Blood Wedding (Japan) Romeo and Juliet (Japan and Bangladesh) are particular examples but this ‘aesthetic’ now influences all Graeae’s independent and co produced work. Recent thea-tre credits for Graeae include: The House of Bernada Alba (Manchester Royal Exchage), Blood Wedding (co-produced with Dundee Rep Ensemble, Derby Theatre), The Threepenny Opera (co-directed with Peter Rowe, co-produced with the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, Nottingham Playhouse, Birmingham Rep and West Yorkshire Playhouse); Belonging (with Circo Crescer e Viver) Reasons To Be Cheerful (2010 co-produced with The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and Theatre Royal Stratford East)

Outdoor productions include Against the Tide; The Iron Man; The Garden, The Limbless Knight – A Tale of Rights Reignited - with disabled veterans. She works nationally and internationally to share and continue to develop the accessible ethos within performance and use this form a global cohort of Deaf and disabled artists to challenge and change the perception of possibility and push for a cultural shift and an equal playing field.

In 2009, she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Honours list. Jenny co-directed the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony alongside Bradley Hemmings (GDIF). She also won the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award.

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