About the Speaker:
Kelsie Acton | @kelsieacton
Kelsie is a neurodivergent access consultant, researcher and choreographer. She is currently the Inclusive Practice Manager at Battersea Arts Centre, the world’s first Relaxed Venue. Her PhD research into the accessibility of timing in disability dance rehearsal was funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and she recently completed a residency at Siobhan Davies Dance Centre (UK). She is a member of the Critical Design Lab, a multi-national, multi-institutional collective focused on access, disability and design. As an access consultant she has worked with the Edmonton International Fringe Festival (Canada), the Citadel Theatre (Canada), Canada Dance Assembly, Caisson and Friends (UK), Hot Coals Productions (UK), Scarborough Museum Trust (UK) and Freelancers Make Theatre Work (UK).
Harshadha Balasubramanian | harshabala.co.uk
Harshadha is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology, UCL, collaborating with the School of Communication at the Royal College of Art. Her research addresses the role of imagination and sensory experience in social and technological transformations. Harshadha’s current project, funded by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership, explores the emerging experiences and practices of performing artists who are adopting virtual reality (VR). Previously, while at Cambridge University, she investigated how vision was being reimagined by audio describers and sight-impaired theatregoers in the West End. This research has been shared in multiple practitioner-facing workshops and academic publications.