Improvising Change



We are proud to bring to a stage, and to the public arena, marginalised stories of being children of parents with Mental Illness.

Corinna Galliano directs our creative ensemble using physical theatre to explore a script written by Joy Roberts, based word-by-word on real life interviews about childhood trauma, burden and struggle.  Cast: Antony Press, Cormac Costello, Debra Bryan, Jackie Nader, Olga Olshansky


Co-devising Director/Choreographer 

Corinna Galliano

Corinna has over 20 years acting experience. She trained with “Teatro del Marchesato” theatre company (1994-1997) under the artistic direction of Nuccio Cantamutto, where she was exposed to 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 Corinna graduated from the “Accademia della spettacolo of Turin” Musical School, where she had the opportunity to study different forms of dance and explore the use of voice.  From 2007 she began training and working with professionals in the physical theatre arena, namely: Michela Lucenti, Antonio Castaldi, Antonio Pizzicato. After moving to Milan in 2009 she met 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 play creations. She has led physical theatre training and directed 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.

Marketing Assistance

Simone Smith

Simone completed her Diploma of Theatre certificate at Sydney Theatre School in 2010 and then was employed in the event management world where she refined her production skillset mainly working for experiential marketing agencies. Simone has in recent years returned to the Theatre world, lending her craft to Maddworld Productions where she was the Marketing and Promotions Manager for “Life of The Party”, which also explored themes of mental illness and showcased at the Sydney Fringe Festival in September 2015. 

 Simone has a lived experience of being a child of a parent with a mental illness and is excited to be part of Improvising Change’s latest production “Minding Madness”, as this is a topic close to her heart and that she feels is important for the wider community to understand the experience of the child in such circumstances, whilst also being empathetic to the parents who suffer from mental illness.

Stage Manager & Artistic Facilitator
Anastasia  Kyriakidis
Anastasia is an experienced drama facilitator and teacher. She started out as a youth worker where she gained great insight into how people deal with pain and illness. It also led her to working with marginalised communities and those whose voices aren't heard.  

Currently, she works for the Department of Education and uses theatre as a teaching tool. Throughout the last 20 years she's been involved in a range of Theatre Projects: In Ireland, she facilitated theatre projects with  Graffiti Theatre Co. and Cork Opera House. In Sydney, Australia, she has delivered workshops with Asylum Seekers and Youth.  Anastasia  enjoys facilitating the sharing of stories, and creating opportunities for people, to explore issues that they have never been asked about before.

Event Co-ordinator

Sharon Denovan

Sharon has lived experience being a child of a parent with mental illness. She is a carer, wife, mother, and a speaker/educator with Remind, a part of One Door Mental Health. 

For the past 10 years, She has been an active member of ‘Beautiful Minds’, a community volunteer group, based in South West Sydney. Beautiful Minds raise awareness and funds to support mental health recovery in SWS in particular- the MH units at Campbelltown hospital. 

Sharon is the Events Coordinator at Beautiful Minds and has organised many events, such as: high teas, gala dinners and ‘Waratah Day’ (where every year 5,000 waratah plants are sold throughout SWS in one day during mental health month in October). 

Project Minding Madness is based on face-to-face interviews and a series of grass-roots workshops.

 This project is being developed in collaboration with communities, health services and sponsored by Beautiful Minds. 

Our work progress showcase 18th October 2018, 7pm @ Giant Dwarf Theatre, Redfern