Improvising Change


Improvising Change is a Sydney based company 

focused on theatre for social development

Artistic Director and Founder
Joy Roberts

Since completing a Masters of Applied Theatre Joy has produced, facilitated and directed a variety of collaborative projects which were performed on stages in both London and Sydney.

When she is not involved in thespian stuff, Joy works in Mental Health Recovery and has also run theatre workshops within Mental Health services. She uses her improvising experience and psychodrama training to encourage participants’ creativity and personal development.

Joy continuously directs plays for Sydney festivals and readings for Sydney events.


Artistic Facilitator & Stage Manager
Anastasia  Kyriakidis

Starting out as a Youth Worker Anastasia has gained great insight about how people deal with pain and illness. It has also led her to working with communities that are marginalised and whose voices aren't heard. She feels lucky to have worked with many different groups; facilitating the sharing of stories and creating opportunities for people to explore issues that they have never been asked about before.  

It is my privilege to have taught drama with many different community groups both here and in Ireland over the last 20 years.”

Anastasia currently teaches in an adult Intensive English Centre and uses drama as a tool for learning english.  

Co-devising Director/Choreographer 

Corinna Galliano

Corinna has over 20 years of acting experience. She has trained by the theatre company “Teatro del Marchesato” (1994-1997) under the artistic direction of Nuccio Cantamutto, where she was exposed to the Stanislavsky and Strasberg methods. Between 1998 and 2004, she was part of “Artisti Associati Teatro San Filippo” theatre company in Turin where she explored avant-garde theatre. During these years she got in touch with the work of artists such as: Eugenio Barba, Jerzy Grotowski, Peter Brook, Meyerhold and The Living Theatre. 

In 2006 she graduated from the School of Musical of the “Accademia della spettacolo of Turin”, where she had the opportunity to study different forms of dance and explore the use of voice.  From 2007 she started training and working with professionals in the physical theatre arena, namely Michela Lucenti, Antonio Castaldi, Antonio Pizzicato. In 2009, she moved to Milan where she met the dancer-actor-director Francesco Villano with who she collaborated for 6 years. Contact improvisation dance and theatre-dance (inspired by Pina Baush work) were the basis of theatre research projects and plays creation. During these years she began leading physical theatre training and directing short plays. In 2015 before relocating to Sydney she directed her first full-length play, “Bambole Spezzate” written by Roberto Cavalieri an emerging Italian writer.

Event Co-ordinator

Sharon Denovan


Achala Green

Marketing Assistance

Simone Smith

Graphic Design 

Abbi D.S