Core Creative Team

Alison Richardson

ALISON RICHARDSON is a co-collaborator and director with RUCKUS since it’s inception in 2011. Alison has worked extensively as a theatre director and tutor for community theatre companies, Powerhouse Youth Theatre, Shopfront Theatre, PACT Theatre and Australian Theatre for Young People. Due to Alison’s interest and passion for working with people with disability in 2007 she established sliced bread attraction which created creative opportunities for people with disability in all art forms. In 2008 she produced Bakehouse, a week long inclusive arts event held at Carriageworks in Sydney that consisted of workshops, forums, film nights and satellite events. From 2007 to 2010 Alison was the Creative Programs Coordinator for Western Sydney for NSW peak arts and disability organisation, Accessible Arts and during this time she established the hip hop group, First Flight Crew. Alison has also worked as a Community producer & tutor for Milkcrate Theatre, Australia’s only theatre company dedicated to working with the homeless and disadvantaged.

In 2007 Alison was awarded the Australia Council for the Arts Young Leaders Award for her commitment to community arts and in 2012 was a finalist in Improving Social Participation for people with disability at the National Disability Awards. Alison sought and garnered her own funding to create the position of Creative Director of Beyond the Square at Riverside Theatres a position of which she held for four years. It was during this time she established RUCKUS. Alison has most recently been awarded a prestigious 2015 Churchill Fellowship which will enable her to research disability led theatre practice and inclusive training programs in UK arts and disability companies and organisations.

Dean Walsh

DEAN WALSH has been a co- collaborator and choreographer with RUCKUS since 2012 and was the movement consultant on RUCKUS’ 2013 major production, See In Me. Dean also works as mentor for young and emerging artists living with and without disability across Australia and is artistic consultant for integrated dance company, Murmuration Dance Theatre. Dean completed an Australia Council 2 year Fellowship in 2012 with which he extensively researched and developed new methods in how his dance and choreographic practice might engage with and reflect upon marine ecology and submerged human practices. His new choreographic system, known as PrimeOrderly, embraces the philosophies of embodied environmentalism.

Dean has been an influential member of the Australian dance and contemporary performance communities for the past 25 years. He has collaborated with many reputable Australian and international companies, individuals & festivals in performer / collaborator / designer / choreographer / director / mentor & teacher capacities, including: DV8 Physical Theatre in London & Australian Dance Theatre in Adelaide. He has a repertoire of over 30 solos and a full-length group piece, Back From Front. His works have been commissioned by major national and international festivals.

Suzy Dunne

SUZY DUNNE is a co-collaborator and artist support for RUCKUS. Suzy is an interdisciplinary performer and arts educator who specialises in physical theatre, drama and movement direction. She graduated with Distinction from BA Dance at UWS and has diverse experience working in arts education, facilitation and creation.

She has devised and directed performances for various education programs including Beyond the Square (Riverside Theatres), Starefest (Riverside Theatres), Westmead Children’s Hospital (Ausdance NSW), Western Sydney Regional Drama Festival and Flannofest (Q Theatre). She also facilitated the 2011 Fast+Fresh Dance Festival for FORM Dance Projects.

In 2015, Suzy has been developing an original work, ‘Bananas in the Bedside Table.’ The work explores the impact of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and has been supported by the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre (Q Lab) and the Inter-Arts Residency program at Blacktown Arts Centre.

Suzy currently tutors at Beyond the Square, working with people who identify as having disability.


“I have found the RUCKUS facilitators- Alison, Dean & Suzy to be extremely devoted to their work. They are not only artistic teachers and mentors but they really care for the ensemble members. This whole of life approach is a rarity not only in life in general but in the disability sector in particular.”

Leon Sugrim (RUCKUS member Rachel’s father)


Associated Artists

Craig Anderson

CRAIG ANDERSON has twice won the Australian Oscar (AFI- Best Comedy TV Series 2004/ AACTA- Best Director- Light Entertainment or Reality 2015) and an International Gold Promax for his network promos for Showtime Australia. As an actor Craig has won Best Actor at the world’s largest Short Film festival (Tropfest 1999) and appeared in many of the most recent award winning television comedies in Australia. Craig has a First Class Honors in Performance from UWS and has currently deferred the writing of his PhD on Comedy. He has conducted numerous slapstick, physical theatre and video sketch comedy workshops for Riverside Theatres and RUCKUS leading into the Just a Bit…Funny comedy nights at Sydney Comedy Festivals in 2014 and 2015.


KATE SHANAHAN (Set/Costume Designer) has designed set and costume for numerous and diverse theatre works, films and dance performances including See In Me for Parramatta Riverside Theatres, Queen C for B Sharp, costumes for Richard III and The Wild Party for Siren Theatre Co, Dance Hall Days and Mash Up for The Q Theatre, award winning One More Than One for Atypical Theatre Co, Mother Fish with Powerhouse Youth Theatre and Khoa Do, costumes for Hi 5 The Suprise! Tour, Out of Body Exp for Keith Lim, Darlingwood Tales for Loose Cannon Arts and The Opera House, costumes for Helpmann award winning Thursday’s Child for Monkey Baa, also Il Campanello, As You Like It, Julius Caesar, Picasso At The Lapin Agile, Zetland, shows at PACT including Crime Site, Song of Ghosts, Suspect and Before The Lights Go Out, and numerous Babies Proms for the Opera House. Kate has also designed for the Royal Easter show, mentored students at UNSW and helped facilitate visual arts workshops for people with a disability. Her costumes in Queen C were nominated for Best Costume design in the Sydney Theatre Award. Kate is working with RUCKUS on the Speed of Life project.


PETER KENNARD (Sound Designer) is a composer, producer and musical director with a career in theatre and musical performance spanning 25 years. He holds a Masters in Contemporary Improvisation degree from Macquarie University and has composed and recorded countless soundtracks, and has created sound designs and musically directed live performance for many of Sydney’s major theatre companies, high profile public events, film and video.
Clients include Darling Harbour (SHFA) New Year’s and Australia Day Fireworks – Sydney Olympic Park, children’s theatre company Theatre of Image, Bell Shakespeare, Legs on the Wall and Q Theatre to name but a few. His compositions and performances have been heard throughout Australia in multiple productions for Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane Arts Festivals as well as extensive international touring through major arts festivals in Europe, Asia and South America since 2001. Peter tours internationally regularly with Stalker Theatre Co. and has on numbers of occasions toured with performances for Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
He is also highly regarded as a percussionist in the Sydney “world music” scene – playing regularly with Lulo Reinhardt (German based gypsy guitarist) the late Kim Sanders (Turkish and Balkan styles), the exciting Mongolian / Arabic fusion of Equus, Bobby Singh (tabla), Kurdish Turkish fusion band Heval and pioneering Australian “world folk” legends Sirocco.
Peter has a passion for teaching rhythm – and has been involved in many community events and local festivals teaching rhythm skills and drumming. He was sound designer of RUCKUS’ 2013 production See In Me at Riverside Theatres and ran community workshops in regional NSW with ruckus for The Blue Grotto project. Peter is working with RUCKUS on the Speed of Life project.


MARTIN FOX (Co-collaborator/Video) has a thirty-five year career span as a video artist, professional editor, sound recordist and director, mostly for film and documentaries as well as for a number of dance productions. Martin has been video artist for De Quincey Co’s Metadata and Linda Luke’s solo Still Point Turning, Dean Walsh’s Fathom and edited video for several dance works, including Margie Medlin’s dance film Morphing Physiology; Ros Warby’s dance performances Monumental and Tower Suites. Recent film directing credits include William Yang’s My Generation, Blood links and Friends of Dorothy and editor for feature films 6Plots , Dalkeith, and Deeper than Blue. Television documentaries include, Riot or Revolution: Eureka Stockade, (ABC), Bob Brought the War Home, MeMeMe and ADHD, The Choice: Personal Stories About Abortion, Alter Ego and Endangered (all for SBS). Martin’s interests lie in the dialogue between the audience and the work, and how this communication can be nurtured and formed, such that the audience brings much of themselves to the story being told. Martin is working with RUCKUS on the Speed of Life project.

Jerome Pearce

JEROME PEARCE has worked at the intersection of technology and design for the past 10 years. During this time, Jerome has worked in both the community and corporate sectors in the fields of audio production, sound, graphic and web design and interaction of physical and digital creative spaces. Based in Western Sydney, Jerome has collaborated with international, and Australian artists and has worked extensively on community based initiatives.

Tim Dennis

Tim has worked in production work all over Australia for over 20 years. Although Tim has worked in the more corporate arena he always allocates time each year to work on smaller and creative productions with innovative teams. He has worked with The Smith Family, Coast Care, Powerhouse Youth Theatre, Information & Cultural Exchange, Vibewire, Wollongong – Sydney City Councils, Viva La Gong, Planet X Channel Ten, Crusty Demons Of Dirt, Griffin Theatre, Stables Theatre, The Old Fitz, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Unima World Pupperty Festival, Chinese New Year Sydney, Sydney Fringe Festival, The Sounds Unsound Festival, Globe Laneway Festival and many smaller festivals, arts organisations, bands and creative groups.

Tim primarily work across all aspects of technical and digital production, in live performance, lighting, video & editing, projection, audio, event management, stills photography, social media & promotion, and is a graduate in Business and Information Technology.



RUCKUS are hosted by PACT centre for emerging artists
(2015 – Present)

RUCKUS are engaging in a week long intensive at EPIC Arts Cambodia
(January 2016)


RUCKUS were based at Riverside Theatres in Parramatta(2011-2015)
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