Fog Theatre is a dynamic and diverse interdisciplinary performing arts program for adults with disability where participants explore and develop skills in drama, acting, singing, improvisation, script, dance, movement and choreography.
Through Fog’s bold artistic practice individuals are supported to grow and develop as authentic artists, embracing their inherent talents, strengths, interests, creativity and goals; and together, as an ensemble, to devise and make new and original performances for family, friends and the public to experience and enjoy.
Fog Theatre participants are provided opportunities to perform in films, other productions and projects, festivals and community events, collaborating with other professional artists and companies in a variety of public and online domains.
"At Fog we dance, do acting, sing, warm up, stretch, do solos, move, have adventures, make movies, rehearse, do shows, use our voice, talk, play instruments, do duets, celebrate birthdays, meditate, share our energy, share our feelings, work with other artists, performers and volunteers.
When I perform on stage inside of me is like a star and my heart comes out. Fog Theatre gives each individual a story to tell. Being at Fog helps me to tell my story and come out. I like spending time with my friends. I like being happy and learning in a good way.” - Melissa
Fog Theatre meets one day a week on Thursdays from 11.00am to 3.00pm at a wheelchair accessible Port Phillip Council-owned facility, during Victorian School terms.
On average, 15 members participate in the program on an ongoing basis.
Fog Theatre also embeds leadership development opportunities where self-identifying members fulfil Peer Facilitator roles and responsibilities.
Peer Facilitators provide support to participants and staff, attend meetings, design, plan and lead workshop exercises, demonstrate positive role modelling and healthy peer-to-peer communication and relationships.
Fog Theatre is managed and supported by highly qualified and experienced disability and inclusive arts practitioners. The team is comprised of Artistic Director Nilgun Guven (2012-present) and Disability Arts Support Workers David Maney, Rachel Edward and Marjetka McMahon-Krizanic.
Fog Theatre staff and volunteers will not engage in restrictive practices. People for whom restrictive practice is necessary are ineligible to participate in Fog Theatre.
Venue and other information: Fog takes place in a secure venue, entrance on the ground floor, with several accessible bathrooms and a kitchenette that has a fridge, microwave and kettle. We supply tea and coffee. We also celebrate each person’s birthday, purchasing cake that meets people’s dietary and faith requirements.
Fog Theatre is a fee-for-service activity that may be supported through participant's NDIS Plans (Core Supports). Participants who are NDIS plan approved who Self Manage or pay for Plan Management are welcome to engage in this program.
Entry to Fog Theatre is determined by whether there is a vacancy, and interested people are always welcome to come for an initial visit, before discussing enrolment.
To find out if there is a vacancy and how Fog Theatre can match NDIS supports, please contact Nilgun to request Fog Theatre's Quote & Information Sheet for NDIS planning purposes, or to arrange a time to visit.
Header image by Paul Dunn
Performers of Fog Theatre on stage at Temperance Hall dancing energetically in their 2019 production called Signature. Mark in foreground is caught mid-motion with stylish legs criss crossing one way, arms front and behind criss crossing the other way. To his right Jordan is caught mid-air in a high jump with one arm elevated too. All thirteen performers wear sporty clothes in the colours of yellow, black and white, some with geometric patterns on their clothing.
Browse Fog's gallery of images, videos and CV.
- Body Here
- Power Up!
Alumni & Acknowledgements:
Vitae Veritas acknowledges the vital support and management provided by The Port Phillip City Council for Fog Theatre between 1991 and 2020.
Jenna Carole, Founding Artistic Director 1991-2002
Kate Sulan, 2003-2007
David Wells, 2007-2012
Danni von der Borch, Associate Artist 2003-2007
Nilgun Guven, 2012-2020 w/ City of Port Phillip
Cathy Horsley, 2006-2012
Rosemary Joy, 2003-2006
Marie Hapke, 1991-2002
Cara Lipson Dvorjak, film
Eugene Schlusser, film
Nick Papas, music
Dayna Morrisey, design
Tim Humphreys and Madeleine Flynn, composition and sound design
Codie Orger, film
Emily Barrie, set and costume design
Fiona Brooks, photography
Paul Dunn, photography
Dan Witton, music
Issie Hart, cabaret
Fabio Motta, clowning
Kate Geck, multimedia
Milizzza, projection art
Jonathan Sinatra, dance
Student Placements & Volunteers-
Daniel Tynan, Music Therapy
Amelia Malong, Disability Services
Emma Faylecaun, MIECAT Creative Arts Therapy
Deborah, MIECAT Creative Arts Therapy
St Martins Youth Theatre
Inclusion Melbourne (formerly known as Gawith Villa)
Department of Human Services
Centre for Creative Ministries