Relaxed Performances welcome patrons who are often excluded from cultural events because of repetitive behaviour, anxiety or their requirement for a more "relaxed" environment. Learn the benefits of offering relaxed performances, the components of an inclusive patron experience and take back an action plan template for Relaxed Performance implementation in your venue.
In this interactive workshop, access checklists, pre-visit strategies, ticket sales, flexible house rules, training on expected behaviour of patrons and responses of dignity, performance adaptation and marketing opportunities will be presented. You will leave with knowledge, practical tools and confidence to make a Relaxed Performance part of your theatre experience offerings.
With over 30 years of experience in disability management, Christine Karcza has helped to transform organizations into banner destinations for people of all abilities. Before starting her own company, she had a varied career at RBC Financial Group, the Ontario Provincial Government and the Ontario March of Dimes.
Christine’s I can do this! attitude, shaped by managing the challenges of her own disability, has helped inspire countless individuals and organizations to find innovative, yet realistic solutions to overcoming barriers that prevent full participation by people with disabilities.
Christine has worked extensively in the cultural sector. Clients include the Stratford Festival, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Toronto Fringe Festival, Canadian Stage, the Luminato Festival, The Gardner Museum of Ceramic Art and the Royal Ontario Museum.
She is the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Community Volunteer Award, a Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Adrienne Clarkson Public Service Award, and many Volunteer Service and Leadership Awards.
Christine is a world traveller and has climbed the Great Wall of China, sat at the edge of the Grand Canyon and fallen overboard out of a zodiac in the Arctic.