Monday 18 Sept 2017
All the World's a StageBorn with a rare form of dwarfism, actor and dancer Kiruna Stamell has faced ridicule and discrimination all her life. But her determination to be a performer has never wavered and she has overcome every hurdle with dignity and grace.
Monday 5 June, 2017
Panellists: Christian Porter, Minister for Social Services; Anthony Albanese, Shadow Infrastructure Minister; David Leyonhjelm, Liberal Democrats Senator for NSW; Judith Brett, Emeritus Professor, La Trobe University; and Kiruna Stamell, Actor, dancer & advocate.
GOT TO DANCE
Kiruna’s self-choreographed tap dance audition for Got to Dance.
Kiruna began with an interest in performing as a dancer from the age of three. She faced prejudice early with many dance schools just not thinking it was worth training a little girl with dwarfism to dance. Eventually, her mother found Ultimate Dance/Beryl Ellis Dance Studios and from the age of eight Kiruna had found a place to dance.>
As Kiruna got older she continued to dance but realised she wanted to explore the human experience and tell stories in other ways. She discovered her voice at high school, where she was an avid public speaker but her speeches and debating arguments were beginning to turn evermore into performances, which lead her closer to acting. However, Kiruna still loves to dance.
PIRATE & PARROT
A LITTLE COMMITMENT
Pirate and Parrot was produced by A Little Commitment (ALC), a production company run by Kiruna and her husband Gareth Berliner. ALC is a producing and touring company, with an interest in comedy and theatre for children and adults.
The show was a family friendly romp for ages 4+. Co-devised by A Little Commitment and Red Earth Theatre and Text by Wendy Rouse. Directed by Amanda Wilde. Design by Laura McEwen. Starring Gareth Berliner as Parrot and Kiruna Stamell as Pirate.
BBC RADIO 5 LIVE
Stephen Nolan interviews Kiruna Stamell
Kiruna Stamell successfully sued the Post Office for discrimination because she could not reach the chip-and-pin machines at the counter. Kiruna was born with a rare form of dwarfism.
BBC OUCH PODCAST
Podcast 28 05 Jun 08
Presented by Kiruna Stamell and Mat Fraser. Changing the rules of disability talk, this month Kiruna tries to work out why she was refused Disability Living Allowance by going through the forms on air for all to hear. Playwright Donna Franceschild talks about the DVD release of her '90s BBC2 drama Takin' Over the Asylum. Opinionated news from Rob Crossan and a Vegetable, Vegetable or Vegetable contestant who isn't disabled! Huh? Find out how that'll work by downloading the show now...
BBC OUCH PODCAST
Podcast 26 03 Apr 08
Guest host Kiruna Stamell joins Mat Fraser for April's podcast, featuring disabled UK rapper MC Wheelz talking to US hip hop combo 4 Wheel City in New York. Chat includes: anaesthetic, surgery, assistance dogs, wolves and much, much more. Heck, it looks really crap written down, but trust us it's very entertaining!