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Kelsie Acton

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Image 1: Kelsie, a white woman with short curly brown hair and glasses looks fondly over her shoulder at Finn, a black and white cat perched on the back of the couch Kelsie is sitting on.

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Kelsie Acton is a neurodivergent access consultant, researcher and choreographer. She is currently the Inclusive Practice Manager at Battersea Arts Centre, the world's first Relaxed Venue. Her PhD research into the accessibility of timing in disability dance rehearsal was funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and she recently published a report for the Edmonton Performing Arts Accessibility Ad Hoc Group mapping the access needs of Edmontonian (Canada) audiences. As an access consultant she has worked with the Edmonton International Fringe Festival (Canada), the Citadel Theatre (Canada), Canada Dance Assembly, Caisson and Friends (UK), Arcade(UK) and Freelancers Make Theatre Work (UK). Her choreography has been presented by CRIPSiE and Nextfest and she is currently working on her first dance film in collaboration with Harmanie Rose. She was a member of the inaugural Dancing Disability Lab at UCLA and received her DanceAbility certification in 2017.

Areas of Interest:

  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Dance / Movement Arts
  • Graphic and Web Design
  • Video Production
  • Installation / Sculpture

Roles:

  • Practicing artist or maker
  • Trained professional service provider or consultant
  • Community member
  • Researcher
  • Instructor

Expertise:

  • Captioning
  • Relaxed Performance
  • Consulting
  • Research
  • Event Planning
  • Communications
  • Policy Development
  • Environmental or Organizational Audits
  • Advisory Support

Identifies with:

  • Disabled
  • Neurodiverse
  • Queer