Arts Access

​AMPAG companies celebrate and support access to patrons of all abilities and economic circumstances to the performing arts.

Arts Access


A large proportion of AMPAG companies' tickets are subsidised by philanthropic and government support to ensure young people, marginalised and unemployed people and people living in regional Australia have access to excellence performing arts shows and the opportunity to participate in community or school workshops. They provide free outdoor and community events as well as provide access to additional support content online.

Malthouse, Sydney Theatre Company are in 2013 again collaborating with world leading theatre company. Back to Back. Back to Back Theatre's work is rich, challenging, surprising, beguiling and intelligent. It employs a full time ensemble of six actors perceived to have a disability and creates work that focuses on moral, philosophical and political questions about the value of human lives.

Initiatives adopted by WA Ballet, Melbourne Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company include tactile or touch tours where vision impaired patrons can experience the costumes and set before the show with their other senses.

Companies are also partnering with communities to host performances which are Auslan interpreted, audio described or captioned. There are special dates for these shows throughout their seasons - visit the companies' websites or phone the box office to enquire.

AMPAG has strong connections with Arts Access Australia (AAA), through the national Arts Peak network. AAA supports Australian artists with disability.

Since 2010 Musica Viva has conducted an innovative music education program for students at Furlong Park School for Deaf Children in Sunshine North. The project explores how students in this school can learn to develop, respond to, and enjoy music in an ongoing and meaningful way. The results have been overwhelmingly positive and beyond all expectations.

OA's Oz Opera and Deaf Children Australia have a long history of engagement with the deaf community through a ten year ongoing partnership that has spearheaded the development of the new technique of presenting opera performances with Auslan Shadow Interpreters. By incorporating Auslan interpreters centre stage, interpreters are fully immersed and directed into the action, literally 'shadowing' the cast on stage, rather than taking up a position to the side. They dress in costume, and use signs, facial expression and movement to convey the storyline, which offers a richer, more engaging experience for deaf and hard of hearing children and their families, and is enjoyed by all.

This innovative and breakthrough program has recently been acknowledged by being awarded the 2013 Creative Partnerships Australia Victorian Award for Arts Access.

By bringing this style of performance to a wider audience OA is leading the way and shows our firm belief in the value of taking this style of performance to the deaf community, with plans to roll out the program to NSW in 2014, in addition to the current Victorian season.

Create your Disability Action Plan

Disability Action Plans (DAPs) are being developed by cultural institutions all over Australia. Companies have found that they are opening up opportunities to both expand their audience base and be more creative in programming. To find out how to develop a DAP you might want to check out the Victorian Government Office for Disability guidehere.

Companion Card Scheme

All 28 AMPAG companies take part in the National Companion Card scheme which allows people with a disability to purchase a concession ticket for themselves and receive one free for their companion carer. The companies do not receive extra funding to take part in the scheme.

For information on which arts companies and venues are affiliated with the scheme visit theCompanion Card web page.


Arts Access, MPA Activities