Image caption: Madeleine Little. Promotional image from Hold’s 2018 run.
Madeleine Little is a passionate theatre-maker who is currently researching accessible theatre practice at the University of Southern Queensland.
Madeleine recently adopted the motto "Disabled-led is the way ahead" when her master’s research revealed that d/Deaf or disabled leaders create the most supportive and beneficial environment in which d/Deaf and disabled artists and arts workers can create and develop their practice.
Madeleine strives to encompass her research findings into her artistic practice. Her recent work Hold, which Madeleine wrote, directed, produced and performed the lead role in, tested accessible theatre practice in an original theatre work. This approach created a safer, better rehearsal room for artists and created a show that resonated strongly with audiences.
In 2018, Madeleine was awarded the inaugural Arts Access Victoria Stella Young Award. She is also a member of ‘The Last Avant Garde’ research team, assisting in co-producing and co-facilitating performance-making workshops across Australia, including the creation of a unique five-day creative residency in Brisbane.
Madeleine has been a member of the Indelability Arts Ensemble since 2015, with her first paid performance in the co-devised show Look Mum…No Hands!!! [The Legless Bar Years]. She has also performed in Restless Dance Theatre’s Helpmann-Award nominated work Intimate Space, which was presented in association with Bleach* Festival and Festival 2018.
Madeleine is dedicated to a disability-led future and says the Arts Access Australia National Leadership Award will amplify her voice to pursue greater opportunities, resources, advocacy and recognition for all d/Deaf and disabled artists and arts workers in Australia.