Expansive Access & The Outdoors In Theatre For The Very Young

This workshop invites participants to find out more about the project ‘The Garden,’ and to learn from the ways in which it was able to be so radically accessible.


1) Welcome/Agenda: We will welcome people into the space, do quick introductions and go through the agenda for the session.


2) Introduction of Facilitators and Topic: The presenters will introduce themselves and the project ‘The Garden,’ which they have been working on for the last year. Radical and expansive access was something that developed partly unintentionally, by creating an abstract multi-sensory show which played outdoors in public spaces. We will identify specific performance and producing techniques that made this outdoor work so radically accessible.


3) Devising for access: Participants will devise a 2 min ‘moment’ in small groups, with a specific access area in mind. We will use our bodies, our voices and simple materials found in nature. Three groups will all be assigned one of the following access focuses:


Intergenerational - serving many ages at once;

Multi-sensory - engaging all the senses;

Choose your own adventure - many different ways to experience the same performance.


4) Producing for access: The presenters will share some of the producing and community engagement strategies we used to strive for access and inclusion. Participants will then reflect on a project, show or class of their own, and which steps or strategies they could implement to make it more accessible in terms of language, space, age and content.


5) Closing: We reflect in small groups and close out with an embodied activity.

Production Credits

Jess KAUFMAN, Artistic Producing Director
Susanna BROCK, Director

About the Artists

Susanna Brock is a Swedish artist, based in New York. She is a theatre maker, performer, director, administrator and educator, who creates multi-sensory and interactive theatre with and for young audiences. She aims to create spaces where young people can dream and play and critically reflect and comment on our world. For the past 14 years, she has had the opportunity to work in many different parts of the world including Stockholm, Paris, Kampala, Nairobi and New York, facilitating and performing in school and community-based programs. In addition to her work at Flying Leap, Susanna is an ensemble member and administrator at the award-winning company Spellbound Theatre. She has served as a teaching artist and led professional development and trainings at places like ArtsConnection, The Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Brooklyn College, Bank Street College of Education and NYU. In 2020, Susanna graduated with a Master’s of Applied Theatre from CUNY School of Professional Studies.


Ana Cantorán Viramontes is a Mexican-born, Brooklyn-based Artist. She holds an MFA in Theatre and Contemporary Performance, and a BFA in Dramatic Arts, and is Co-artistic Director of Nekyia Theatre. Ana has collaborated and performed in award-winning national and international devised theatre and performance art pieces in America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Her devised works have been selected and highlighted by multiple festivals, theatres and publications, including: Singapore Fringe Festival, New Victory Theatre LabWorks, Barn Arts Collective, Time Out, The Quarry: Contemporary Arts International, The Tank, Dixon Place, IRT Theatre, and more. She is a teaching artist with numerous organizations across New York City, including The New Victory Theatre.


Jess Kaufman makes, produces, and researches thoughtful, playful, and ambitious theatre for families. Her site-specific work invites young people and families to cross boundaries. As a queer, Jewish artist, she is particularly interested in the intersection of social justice and identity. In addition to frequent guest lectures in the United States of America and Europe, she has participated in many conferences and workshops. These include: the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, Creative Interruptions London, NYU Forum on Educational Theatre, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Theatre and Dance for the Very Young Conference, TYA/USA conference. Her publications include ArtsPraxis and Theatre and Performance Design, and she is the co-editor of Embodied Cognition, Acting and Performance (Routledge, 2017). She teaches theatre at Lucy Moses School. Her own academic credentials include a Masters from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (London), a BFA from the University of Miami, and a Certificate from the Moscow Art Theatre (Russia). 

Publicity Info

Audience testimonials for The Garden, an inclusive outdoor play for very young children and their families. Our workshop will explore access principles developed in this work.
The agenda for our workshop, Expansive Access and the Outdoors
    • Professional Content
Primary Language
English & Spanish
Accessibility Information
  • Not Applicable
Event Format
All Contributors ‘On the Ground’