WHO WE ARE
Ink Pot Arts offers high quality opportunities in the performing arts for people from diverse sections of the community led by creative professionals. With a focus on excellence in community-accessible arts and a belief in the arts to bring self-determination, transformation and community building, Ink Pot Arts runs classes and events that celebrate stories with meaning across cultures, generations and life experiences. We believe in arts for life.
As a community arts not-for-profit organisation, we place social inclusivity at the forefront of our practice.
Jo-anne Sarre – Actor, Storyteller, Director and Playwright
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tony Hannan – Theatre Spectacle Artist, Circus Trainer and Visual Artist
Designer, director, puppeteer, circus teacher and more, Tony is a respected community artist working with multi-arts companies in Brisbane and Adelaide for over 30 years. Tony is a skilled developer of creative events, performer in circus and other media, designer, engineer and circus equipment builder. He is the co-founder of Cirkidz, Adelaide’s youth circus school and circus theatre troupe and in 1995 founded KneeHIGH. KneeHIGH has now performed in every major Australian city and in 17 countries. With expertise in staging regional multi-arts events, Tony has worked as director and leading designer for the inaugural Berri Fluviafest in 1999, the Barossa end of Millennium Click! Event at Tanunda, the inaugural Festival of the Coast for the City of Charles Sturt and Arts Plus P/L in 2001. In 2004 he was co-ordinating designer of the mammoth 2004 Adelaide Fringe Parade, a role he had undertaken previously in 2002 and was lead artist and parade float consultant for the 2006 Fringe parade.
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.
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!