Theatre for Change’ an innovative theatre workshop program for South Australian veterans and emergency service personnel.

A joint initiative of the State Theatre Company of South Australia, veterans and emergency services charity The Road Home and the Office for Ageing Well, ‘Theatre for Change’ gives participants the opportunity to explore a range of theatrical pathways including acting or performance, scriptwriting, set, costume, lighting and sound design, production and technical elements in a safe and supported environment.

Inspired by the work of respected post-traumatic stress researcher and psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk, the program provides a creative outlet that gives participants an opportunity to express themselves in alternative ways when they might find communicating difficult, explore different personas and modes of behaviour, reduce isolation, increase social networks and improve self-esteem.

Developed and delivered by two professional theatre artists with extensive experience in acting, directing and devising professional theatre productions plus film and television productions, the program’s primary goal is for participants to have fun, increase social connections and enjoy learning more about the theatre and themselves.


Dates: Wednesdays 9.30am to 12.30pm commencing 11 September, 2019 for 10 weeks.

Venue: SPF Hall, Repatriation General Hospital, Daw Park (Goodwood Road Entrance, behind the Chapel).


If you would like to participate, please complete the attached Expression of Interest form and return by no later than COB 9 September, 2019.




Artists’ Biographies

Jo Stone graduated from Flinders Drama Centre and works in theatre, television and film as an actor and director. She formed Stone/Castro with Paulo Castro in Europe 2002. Jo has taught and created works for various institutions over the last 20 years including disability arts, professional workshops and programs for schools (primary to secondary years 1-12) through to tertiary institutions.

Her theatre credits include: Welcome the Bright World by Stephen Sewell (Charles Sanders/ House of Sand, State Theatre Company South Australia Umbrella), The Country by Martin Crimp (Stone/Castro,  Adelaide Festival 2016), Infected by Stephen Sewell (Charles Sanders), White Rabbit, Red Rabbit (Nassim Soleimanpour), Blackout (Paulo Castro, Adelaide Festival 2014, Information for Foreigners (Benedict Andrews),  Danton’s Death (Paulo Castro), Congratulations (Stone/Castro), B-File (Paulo Castro, for which Jo was nominated Best Performer Green Room Awards 2007), Superheroes (Stone/Castro), Pyjama Girl (LadyKillers) and Please Continue by Duncan Graham (David Mealor), MiWi 3027 development (State Theatre Company South Australia/ Country Arts SA with Julian Meyrick).

Directing credits includeDis-integration (DanceNorth), Untitled (AC Arts), Private Lives (Feast Festival 09), Superheroes (Stone/Castro), Fury by Joanna Murray Smith (AC Arts).

Dance theatre/ Opera performances include: Foi (Sidi Larbi Cherokaui/ Co les Ballet C de la B), Blue Love (co-directed/performed with Shaun Parker), Big in Bombay and Back to the Present (Constanza Macras), Writing to Vermeer (Peter Greenaway), Madam Butterfly (Moffatt Oxenbould, Matthew Barclay, State Opera SA.

Film acting credits include: The Big Nothing (Sharptooth Pictures, nominated Best Actress FirstGlance Film Festival Hollywood), Grounded (Luke Wissell), Going for Gold (Glen Pictures) and Double Happiness Uranium (Cole Larson).

TV acting credits: Children’s TV series Music Shop (Series 1, 2, Ch9), “Changed Forever”, Plonk (Series 2, Ch9), guest role on both ABC mini-series Anzac Girls and Pine Gap.


Paulo Castro is a Portuguese theatre director, actor and playwright living in Australia since 2006. Paulo has taught acting, direction and self-devising for over 15 years to many arts tertiary and school and private institutions including 10 years in the disability arts sector. He has worked with community groups, including drug rehabilitation scheme Portugal and Mental Health project through the European Capital of Culture and the Portuguese National Theatre, to create new works with participants who are not in the arts sector. He has been commissioned to direct and create works for various festivals, venues internationally.

As Associate Director and Actor for the Portuguese National Theatre, he directed Red Black and Ignorant (Edward Bond) and Chaos is near god (Lars Noren), and performed Giants of Mountains (Pirandello), Lessons (Inonesco), The Hour We Knew Nothing (Handke), Endgame (Beckett), Licence to Kill (Noren) and Go To Heaven (Paul Auster).

Other directing credits include Happy Days by Samuel Beckett (Category 3.1/Noren for the Capital European of Culture Porto Portugal), Blackout and The Country by Martin Crimp for the 2014 and 2016 Adelaide Festivals respectively), Wake Up Hate by Jan Fabre (which toured Iceland, Spain, France, Germany, Mozambique, Belgium and Austria), Cada Sopro by Benedict Andrews (Alamada International Festival Lisbon), Mission and Mauser by Heiner Muller (Awarded best director in Portugal), B-File by Deborah Levy (nominated for Green Room Awards Best Direction 2007).

Paulo’s Australian performances include: Black Marrow (Chunky Move, Melbourne Festival 2009) and I only Came to use the Phone (Netta Yaschin). Film and TV performances include: Double Happiness (Cole Larson), The Strangest Alien on Earth (Anthoney Fith), Plonk (Series 2, Ch9). For AC Arts he has directed: Underground, Motortown by Simon Stephens, The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico García Lorca, Crime of the 21st Century by Edward Bond, Hamletmachine by Heiner Muller, Phaedras Love by Sarah Kane, Roberto Zucco by Bernard-Marie Koltès and La La Luna (Castro).