Accessible Arts

In-Conversation: Deb Roach + Katia Schwartz + Sam Martin

Deb Roach and Katia Schwartz are soaring high as two of Australia’s most exciting performers with backgrounds in erotic dance, aerial dance, circus and burlesque.

Together these unique artists are trailblazing their own performance path, fusing sensuality and athleticism as well as d/Deaf and disability pride.

Deb and Katia will discuss their development as performers, their approach to their creativity and careers, what it’s like being a performer with disability and how Australia’s live performance industry is responding to the need for diversity and authentic representation.

Deb and Katia will be interviewed by filmmaker/writer Sam Martin.

This is the first edition of our FREE In-Conversation series for 2021. Our In-Conversation program profiles arts practitioners with disability.

When & Where


Deb Roach (pictured right)

Deb Roach is 3 times Ultimate Pole Champion in the International Pole Dancing Championships. She toured the world with Extraordinary Bodies Circus throughout 2015 and 2016 and presented a TEDx talk on where the disabled and able-bodied worlds intersect. Today she is the owner of Stargazer Pole Studio in Blacktown and teaches barre, pilates and yoga across the city.

Katia Schwartz (pictured left)

Smooth, silky and sensual, the owner of Sydney’s “Sky Sirens” Katia Schwartz is the hypno-teasing siren of the sky. This foxy fatale is known for melting her erotic roots with aerial artistry, creating slinky performances that are both provocative and dreamy. With her strawberries and cream silhouette, Katia’s unique erotic-esque style has mesmerised audiences across Australia since 2008. As a Deaf artist, Katia remembers every count and pattern of the song, the placement of her moves and relies on vibrations as cues. She says, “Being Deaf is my superpower”.

Sam Martin (pictured centre)

Sam Martin, is an alumni of the Australian Film TV and Radio School with an aspiring passion for creating and supporting diversity within arts, media and performance spaces. Identifying as Queer and Hard of Hearing/Deaf, Sam’s art practice explores the contradicting and intersectionality of identity, including his own, hoping to create discussion and encourage others to do the same. Sam was a recipient of the 2021 Screen NSW Screenability Filmmakers Fund and has recently directed a short documentary called Deafying Gravity.


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This event will have live closed captioning and Auslan interpretation. Please advise any other access requirements during the registration process.


Please email or call (02) 9251 6499 if you have any questions.

Event starts
Wednesday 12 May, 2021
Event ends
Wednesday 12 May, 2021
Venue Address

New South Wales , N/A

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