About us

Our History

In early 2004 a group of parents, artists and friends gathered together to create a vision for a community arts initiative in the Adelaide Hills. What unfolded in the ensuing months was the desire to create an Arts Centre which brought together professionals and members of the public to work on artistic projects which have meaning for the community, and Ink Pot Arts Inc was born. Growth and transformation of the individual through arts engagement is at the centre of the vision, based on a holistic philosophy. There has been a focus on arts practice to foster creativity, enhance wellbeing and to develop a sense of community. With this in mind, our programme has offered festival days as well as workshops and performance projects.

Since our beginning over 4800 children, teenagers and adults have taken part in workshops and productions. We promote local artists and specialise in creating original works across a variety of genres. The participants of our workshop programs (drama, dance-drama, ukulele, choir, circus) perform regularly at community events across the region. We are passionate about offering opportunities for young people, including mentoring and skill building for pursuing a career in the Arts.

Our professional tutors have both teaching and performance experience, thus being able to provide expert guidance for all involved. Workshops have been offered in movement, clowning, circus, singing, drama, dance, physical theatre, storytelling, audition preparation and improvisation. We have a gallery space which enables visual arts exhibitions. Performance projects have ranged from street theatre performances, opera, and intimate devised theatre pieces to large scale in-theatre productions.

The founding Artistic Director Jo-anne Sarre has a Creative Speech and Drama Diploma (from The Harkness Studio, Sydney), is a qualified teacher and in 2009 completed her BA Honours, First Class (Drama) at Flinders University. She has worked across Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Europe, China, India, the US and Canada as an actor, storyteller, director and workshop facilitator.

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Meet the Artists

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Jo-anne Sarre

CEO and Co-Founder

Jo-anne Sarre’s professional career has spanned over 25 years, taking her throughout Australia, New Zealand, UK, Europe, USA, Canada, India and China. Now based in the Adelaide Hills, Ink Pot Arts Artistic Director is committed to creating vibrant, innovative theatre with good tales to tell. Specialising in Creative Speech and the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique, Jo-anne has performed as a storyteller and actor. She  has also worked as a free-lance director ran Speech and Drama courses at Emerson College, UK, and is currently an assistant teacher at Flinders University (Voice Work). 

In 2002 Jo-anne co-founded Ink Pot Theatre, as an ensemble member and playwright. Shows have been taken to country South Australia, nationally and to the UK. She completed her BA Honours research project (2008-2009) which investigates the presence of the poetic in Theatre for Young People. As Artistic Director of Ink Pot Arts, she and her colleagues have received a Merit Award for 2015 Community Event of the Year with the Mount Barker District Council (fornew work From Footprint to Footplate) and a Finalist, Brand SA Regional Awards – Arts and Creative Industries 2015.

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Curtis Shipley

Improv

Curtis Shipley has been a performer and entertainer for many years, from theatre, stand up comedy, immersive and interactive theatre and games, to quiz nights and custom birthday parties.  His main passion though is improv, which he performs professionally with his troupe Scriptease and numerous other groups.

Curtis has run improv workshops at schools and community groups, been a part of the recent SA Theatresports Cup for schools and is a teacher and mentor at the local community improv company On The Fly.

Curtis created and plays in Tales of Adventure, an improvised, interactive story created with the children in the audience, to show how powerful imagination, creativity, collaboration and play are, and how important it is to not lose that as you grow up.  Tales has visited schools, family days, libraries the Adelaide Fringe and the Festival Theatre.  He’s even helmed interactive adventures into the real world with Tales of Adventure and Pirate School on The Popeye.

Curtis loves introducing people to the improv mindset as it has benefits when being creative and in everyday life.

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Delia Olam

Theatre Maker, Musician, Songwriter and Performer

Delia Olam is a graduate of Flinders University Drama Centre (Directing), University of New England, NSW (Acting) and AC Arts (Theatre Design). She has been a freelance director, performer and theatre-maker for the past 10 years, working with five.point.one, Vitalstatistix, Act Now, Restless Dance, Anne Tavernier Theatre Ensemble, Wan Smol Bag (international) and including running workshops and directing/choreographing plays for Ink Pot Arts Inc, back in 2006.

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Sally Hardy

Playwright, Director

Sally Hardy is a playwright, author and teaching artist living in the Adelaide Hills and has been writing professionally for over 15 years. Her plays, predominantly for children and young adults, have played in theatres and schools throughout Adelaide and Victoria, including the Come Out Festival and the Adelaide and Melbourne Fringe festivals. Most recently Sally collaborated with award winning theatre-maker Alirio Zavarce to create ‘A Kid Like Me’ for the 2015 Come Out Festival, and in 2014 she won the Trinity College of London’s International Playwriting Competition for teenage audiences with her play ‘Gone Viral’, which was published and produced in London. In 2006 her play ‘Fallen Sky’ was included on the VCE playlist, and in 2004 her first feature film screenplay was nominated for the Monte Miller Award by the Australian Writers Guild. 

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Tony Hannan

Theatre Spectacle Artist, Circus Trainer and Visual Artist

Delia Olam is a graduate of Flinders University Drama Centre (Directing), University of New England, NSW (Acting) and AC Arts (Theatre Design). She has been a freelance director, performer and theatre-maker for the past 10 years, working with five.point.one, Vitalstatistix, Act Now, Restless Dance, Anne Tavernier Theatre Ensemble, Wan Smol Bag (international) and including running workshops and directing/choreographing plays for Ink Pot Arts Inc, back in 2006.

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Robert Bickle

Ink Pot’s AHUG (Adelaide Hills Ukulele Group) Tutor

Robert Bickle’s love of music began when he joined a primary school band as a Bb fife player. Since then he has learnt to play piano, recorder, flute, penny whistle, uilleann pipes, guitar, ukulele, mandolin and bodhran. Recently retired after some decades of teaching in Waldorf-Steiner Schools, Robert now has time to immerse himself in the art he loves by teaching music and hosting ‘song sharing sessions’ at various venues around the hills.  He enjoys sharing what he has learnt about music and helping people become self-directed learners.

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Max Tulysewski

Ukulele

Max Tulysewski is an Adelaide-based musician, composer, producer and teacher. He took up drumming at age 7, started playing professionally in his early teens and entered his 20’s as one of South Australia’s busiest and most in-demand musicians. Max first began experimenting with the ukulele in 2011 and has brought it with him into a variety of different musical situations both on stage and in the studio. As a songwriter, he has used the instrument in acoustic and electric formats to gain access to new sound and ideas. As the drummer for Donnarumma, the front man of Superdose Gangway and the manager of the Heathfield Renegades, Max has garnered a wide range of musical and professional experience, something he proudly brings to his work as an educator. This coupled with his enthusiasm and unique approach to the ukulele is sure to open the door to a world of uke-inspired fun!

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Jo-anne Sarre

Actor, Storyteller, Director, Playwright, Artistic Director

Jo-anne Sarre’s professional career has spanned over 25 years, taking her throughout Australia, New Zealand, UK, Europe, USA, Canada, India and China. Now based in the Adelaide Hills, Ink Pot Arts’ Artistic Director is committed to creating innovative theatre with good tales to tell. Specialising in Creative Speech and the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique, Jo-anne has performed as a storyteller and actor. She has also worked as a free-lance director, ran Speech and Drama courses at Emerson College, UK, and was an assistant Voice Coach at Flinders University (2016). 

Jo-anne completed her BA Honours research project that investigates the presence of the poetic in Theatre for Young People in 2008- 2009. As Artistic Director of Ink Pot Arts, she and her colleagues have received a Merit Award for 2015 Community Event of the Year with the Mount Barker District Council (fornew work From Footprint to Footplate) and a Finalist, Brand SA Regional Awards – Arts and Creative Industries 2015.

The latter is “for outstanding achievements and significant contributions demonstrating excellence in South Australia’s regional communities.” The former was a new theatre work, which placed the history of the Adelaide Hills in the context of the custodianship of the traditional owners of the land, the Peramangk people.

As co-founder of Ink Pot Theatre and founding Artistic Director of Ink Pot Arts Inc, she has been actively engaged in bringing high quality theatre as a catalyst for personal transformation, cross-cultural learning and Community Cultural Development.

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MICHAEL FAZACKERLEY

Chairman

Michael Fazackerley was born and raised in Hobart, Tasmania.  He obtained a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts majoring in Theatre from the University of Tasmania – Academy for the Performing Arts in 2009. He is an actor, playwright and theatre maker who has performed with a number of theatre companies in both Tasmania and South Australia; performances include, Pillow Man by Centre Stage (2010) 27 Wagons Full of Cotton by Centre Stage (2011), The Wordsmith’s Cats by Inkpot Arts (2017/18) and  A Series of Awkward Encounters by Play.Every.Day Actors Studio (2018). As a playwright, Michael has written for the 24 Project, first with the farcical comedy, Huskey Hits the Road Amid Electric Dreams (2017) and Catagory is: Cotton Mouth (2018)

Most recently Michael has been developing his writing for both the stage and screen. His writing is comedic and satirical, he explores weird and wacky elements of society and integrates social and political events and incidents that have affected his life or those around him. 

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SIMON MARTIN

Treasurer

Simon has been treasurer of Ink Pot Arts for a many years now. He came into this position after a number of years as a bookkeeper in a small/medium Adelaide business. His involvement in community theatre goes back to 1988. He has been part of local productions as well as a 6 month season touring in a big London based show. He was able to closely watch the producer manage the finances of a show with a cast of 30 touring Europe and North America. He then worked in admin for a smaller UK dance company. Simon can always found behind the scenes or at the front-of-house but never onstage in the spotlight unless he is hiding behind a ukulele! In his day job he is a horticulturist on an organic farm.

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PHI THEODOROS

Secretary

Phi fell in love with the performing arts at a very young age. At 13 she was a founding drama student at Ink Pot Arts in the Adelaide Hills and has performed with and has performed in/ produced and hosted countless projects with them since 2004 

As an Arts Worker at Life Without Barriers and coordinator of community arts & engagement events Phi understands the transformative power of the creative. As an artist, she understands the power of stories and shares these with music to open conversations and challenge social stigma. 

When she’s not producing community projects or events or sharing her cabaret shows you can find Phi playing various variety shows around Adelaide with her ukulele-storytelling or MCing quirky events such as the Art Battle Spectacular Live Art Event.

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JESSICA FORSTER

Board Member

Since graduating from a Bachelor in Creative Arts/Theatre Performance at the University of Wollongong in 2002 Jessica has worked as an actor, creative, facilitator, director, theatre maker and visual artist. A focus has been in exploring contemporary forms and performance making with young people through her role of Artistic Director of Rising Damp Youth Performing Arts. Jessica has developed a number of new works, including site specific hybrid works ‘Virus Detected’, and ‘Focalize’, dance theatre work ‘Iris’, and a viewpoints exploration which resulted in the physical theatre work ‘I Am Here… Waiting’. Jessica is a key creative, actor and story consultant for the complex and exciting hybrid work ‘If There Was A Color Darker Then Black I’d Wear It’, winner of the Ruby Award for Innovation in 2013. She has undertaken professional development with My Darling Patricia, a Jump mentorship in design for hybrid contemporary performance, and an Australia Council Community Partnerships program with Darwin Community Arts.   Jessica has developed animation and projected image installations for the CHAN Contemporary Arts Space, design for theatre, and live projection/new media collaborations with the Mimi Artists. And PUNCTUM. In 2011 her digital work was featured at the Australian Business Arts Foundation State Awards in SA.

In 2013/2014 Jessica was contracted by Country Arts SA to work on the Cultural Places program in the Alexandrina, working with youth arts organisations in the area in program development and project management and mentoring young artists and facilitators. Most recently she has been engaged in the SPINBACK arts and health project for Country arts SA.

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PAT PEARSON

Board Member

Pat joined the Board in 2019 after moving to Nairne from Victoria. She brings with her a passion for having systems and partnerships in place that ensure vulnerable and disadvantaged children have access to programs that build their confidence, skills and emotional well being. Pat worked from a strong community development background  in child and family health, child protection, both on the front line service delivery and in service management,  Pat’s career has taken her to  UK, Africa and into Aboriginal communities in both rural and central Australian desert country and has extensive experience in building service and community partnerships .

Throughout her career Pat has worked from a belief that communities and individuals must have a say in developing programs they believe would work for them and their communities. In joining the Board of Ink pot Pat will contribute her community development skills to help build future partnerships that have the capacity to further increase Ink pots capacity to include more disadvantaged children into our programs.   

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