Pat Rix

Inclusive Arts pioneer

2007 SA Local Hero

Pat Rix founded Tutti Ensemble ten years ago to give people the opportunity to live out their dreams through music, theatre, and performing to audiences. The ensemble is a vibrant community where people from all backgrounds and abilities come together, create music, and perform with pride. With more than half of its members identifying with a disability, it has become an internationally acclaimed model of integrated arts with a truly unique voice in Australian music theatre. Under Pat’s leadership, the group’s strength comes not only from a shared love of singing and adventure, but also from an acceptance of difference. From small beginnings, the Tutti Ensemble has evolved into a socially and spiritually enriching arts community that brings joy to all who see and hear them perform. Through her hard work and dedication, Pat has shown how people with disabilities can be recognised as individuals capable of great achievements in their community.