rebus theatre

We have joined the 2023 Canberra Day Appeal to raise much needed funds for our charity!

This year, the Canberra Day Appeal’s 48-hour Hands Up for Canberra Giving Day begins on Wednesday, March 8. So please, give where you live and donate here during the 48h Giving Day donation drive.

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About Us

Rebus Theatre creates social change through powerful, inclusive theatre. We run theatre programs with marginalised communities, create original performances and deliver theatre-based accessibility and inclusion workplace training.  

Theatre is uniquely powerful. It can bring about change, in an individual, a community, or a whole society. Theatre engages the body and the emotions, as well as the mind. It makes deeper and more lasting change possible. A stage is a place where we can imagine any reality, any future. It is where we can be the change we want to see in the world.  

We practice radical empathy through theatre and other arts to stimulate healing and provoke social and environmental change. We aim to create a sustainable and ethical society that is inclusive, creative, compassionate and accessible to everyone. Together with our donors and friends, Rebus is embarking on a bold new path to reach more of our marginalised than ever before.

How your donation will help

Acting Out On Screen is a free school holiday filmmaking program for LGBTQIA+ young people led by two drama tutors and two trained counsellors, a majority of whom identify as LGBTQIA+, in partnership with Meridian. The mentors guide the participants in writing, directing, shooting and editing their original short film.

During previous programs, participants formed solid bonds quickly, sharing stories about experiences of being misgendered or bullied in school and creating a social media group chat to continue connection beyond the program. This was their first time knowingly interacting with other LGBTQIA+ people their age for some of the participants.

This program received seed funding grants which have now expired. With your help, we hope to continue and expand the program to reach even more LGBTQIA+ young people.

Participant feedback:
We were supported by both peers and facilitators.
I think it is a really good space to be in and just be you

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Thanks for supporting and celebrating the sharing of stories in our community Rebus. Diversity enriches us all.


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