Loving Our Valued Elders

Presented by Milk Crate Theatre in Partnership with ACON's LOVE Project



We invite all LGBTIQ+ people aged 50 and over to a free workshop series exploring performance, movement, improvisation, writing, and visual arts. Express yourself and connect with others in a safe creative environment.

These weekly sessions are led by renowned choreographer, performer, educator, movement researcher and disability arts access / access for all advocate, Dean Walsh (pronouns he/him - gender non-conforming).

In this series of creative gatherings we aim to discover, promote and nurture an artistic playful balance and delving into deeper expressions of ourselves, entirely prejudice free, tenderest of guidance and care, that engages and celebrates our unique natures.



Thursday 1:30pm - 4:00pm 

Round Two: 16 June - 11 August 


East Sydney Community and Arts Centre

34/40 Burton Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Darlinghurst Community Space (July 21, 28 + August 4, 11)

277 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

To register, contact:

Russ Gluyas - Program Coordinator Ageing (The LOVE Project) 

02 9206 2017



Jessica Saras - Artistic Program Manager (Milk Crate Theatre)

0481 348 218



Additional Information:


What to Wear

Loose-ish fitting clothing or tights. Reveal flesh if you're daring and love it, or cover up as you 'oh-so' desire.

What to Bring

Your own bottle of water. Tea, coffee and snacks provided.


Dean Walsh (he/him - gender non-conforming) - Lead Facilitator

Lucy Watson (she/her) - Support Artist

Andrew Batt-Rawden (he/him - gender non-conforming) - Composer

About ACON's LOVE Project

LOVE Project - Living Older Visibly and Engaged

ACON aims to be a global leader in community health, inclusion and HIV responses for people of diverse sexualities and genders.

The LOVE Project, ACON's ageing initiative, aims to empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) seniors to lead healthy, active and more social lives. Understanding your needs and preferences helps us to deliver better community programs. We invite you to join the LOVE community for:


Healthy ageing information

Events and activities

Sharing stories and experiences

Make new friends

Finding LGBTQ welcoming services

About Dean Walsh

Dean is an award-winning Australian professional contemporary dance and performance practitioner, educator, movement researcher, writer, arts access advocate and marine environmental activist.

In 2009 he commenced working with various disability-inclusive arts companies and organisations and, in tandem to his marine environmental studies, he has delved deeply into working in many diverse arts access capacities. Throughout his career as an artist, Dean has held a strong interest in wider community engagement through the performing arts. He has facilitated many workshops in these spaces across Sydney, Australia, in NYC, Edinburgh, London, Amsterdam and Matsuyama, Japan.

Dean has worked with several leading disability-inclusive companies, including Restless Dance Theatre  (Adelaide), Murmuration (Sydney) and was a key collaborator with the famed disability-led performance ensemble, RUCKUS. During the 7 years with RUCKUS Dean led weekly movement sessions and choreographed / co-directed two major works, See In Me (2013) and Speed of Life (2016). As part of that latter production, RUCKUS toured to Epic Arts Centre in Kampot, Cambodia to work with EPIC Encounters dance ensemble.

Many of his works have toured nationally and/or internationally. In tandem with his extensive solo career, he has worked for companies; ADT (Adelaide), Stalker Theatre (Sydney, as choreographer + performer), Sydney Dance Company (teacher and lecturer for their pre-professional year program), Sydney Theatre Company (choreographer), DV8 Physical Theatre (London) & No Apology (Amsterdam) - both made possible through his being awarded the coveted Sir Robert Helpmann Scholarship 2002 - among many other reputable project-based Australian companies.



Participants must abide by the guidelines provided upon entry to the space. Facilitators of the program reserve the right to refuse entry or request the removal of anyone not abiding by COVID-Safe guidelines.


Milk Crate Theatre is an approved WDO organisation. Individuals eligible for WDOs must contact Milk Crate Theatre's Social Worker to be registered. Individuals must fulfil the criteria for being a Milk Crate Theatre Participant in order to undergo activities for WDOs.

For more information please email socialworker@milkcratetheatre.com 


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