Applications are now closed.
If you would like to submit a late application please contact us before 10am Friday 18th November. 
Contact Aesha Henderson (Program Manager)
[email protected] 
or text or call 0421 222 983

Brand X invites LGBTQIA+ artists who identify as: disabled or with disability, d/Deaf and/or hard of hearing, and/or neurodivergent, to apply for performing arts residency Ground Zero.

This program has been designed in consultation with the Brand X Access and Inclusion Panel

5 artists or groups will be selected to develop and perform a short 10-15 minute work in a night of accessible performance as part of The Flying Nun and World Pride 2023.

We welcome artists with any level of experience to pitch ideas that are brand new, developing or existing across performance, theatre, dance, movement, spoken word, drag, physical theatre and more.

There are a variety of formats to access more information about the program, and we welcome different types of applications.


Residency includes:
  • Flexible program structure and supportive team including professional LGBTQI+ artists with disability
  • Artist fee - $1000 for solo projects, $1500 for groups
  • Stipend - $500 per project for production costs
  • Up  to 10 hours of solo development at City of Sydney Creative Studios (CoSCS)
  • 5 days of group rehearsal at East Sydney Community Arts Centre (ESCAC)
  • Friday and Saturday night accessible performance season at ESCAC
  • Bursary funding on request for access needs like transport, support people and interpretation 


Contact Us

Dan Graham, LGBTQI+ professional theatre director and Chair of the Brand X Access and Inclusion Panel, and Aesha Henderson, Program Manager are available to speak to you about your application, the program, or if you are unsure if this opportunity is for you.

Get in touch by emailing [email protected] or text or call Aesha on 0421 222 983 (calls between 10am-4pm Wednesday - Friday).


Key Dates

Applications Open: 19th October 2022

ESCAC Site Inspection and Q&A: 4pm-5.30pm Thursday 3rd November at ESCAC or online

Applications Close: 8am Wednesday 16th November 2022

Interviews for shortlisted artists: 12th - 16th December 2022

Outcome Notifications: 19th December 2022

Stage 1 Development: Flexible dates between 8am - 6pm 23rd January - 12th February 2023.

Stage 2 Rehearsal: 13th - 17th February 2023

Performance Nights: 17th and 18th February 2023


Register for the site inspection and Q&A

Application Guidelines


Brand X in association with Sydney WorldPride presents Ground Zero.
Ground Zero is supported by The Wales Family Foundation.


Image by Arunas Kulpsas