The Seeing Place

Theatre in Times of Conflict: Festival Edition

Performance Art


From individual trauma to global warfare, theatre can be a powerful weapon in any conflict. The Seeing Place founder Sammy Moynihan has delivered theatre workshops in Palestine, Brazil and diverse communities around Australia. In this drop-in workshop designed exclusively for Art Not Apart, participants will gain insights about creating art in times of conflict, learn unique skills from around the world and, for artists, add an exciting edge to their work. The workshop is designed so people can pop in and out at any point and no participants are required to stay for the entire duration (though of course they are welcome to). Easily seen through the windows of the Shine Dome, participants will experience games, exercises and interactive performances that help us understand and overcome the darker sides of life.


Sammy Moynihan is a theatre-maker/performer with a particular interest in working with and for diverse communities and young people. As well as directing work, he has facilitated and performed theatre workshops in schools, detention centres, remote Indigenous communities and other contexts. In 2018, he toured France with Palestinian organisation, The Freedom Theatre before staying at their headquarters in Jenin Refugee Camp on the West Bank in Palestine.

He completed his Master of Fine Arts (Cultural Leadership) at NIDA and was the recipient of NIDA’s Lynne Williams Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cultural Leadership. He is a strong believer in the transformative power of the arts and enhanced his practice at the Centre for Theatre of the Oppressed in Brazil, where he facilitated performance workshops with homeless communities in Rio De Janeiro. In Canberra, Sammy is an associate artist with Rebus Theatre and he is the Live Programs Officer for Belco Arts including their new Theatre opening in 2020.



1:30 pm - 3:30 pm | Jaeger Room