The core of our program are our stage performance ensembles. Throughout the course of a 10-week semester, each actor will discover and hone his/her own personal performance skills, while developing the social skills necessary to contribute constructively to a group. Classes incorporate movement, vocal, and improvisation exercises to engage different learning styles. While specific activities vary week to week, each class follows the same basic format: dance party, physical & vocal warm ups, check in, theater and improvisation games, and group activities. Actors participate side by side with a staff of teaching artists and volunteer facilitators who share their own professional performing experience to create a final production staged in a professional theatre. Performances showcase each actor’s strengths through scenes, monologues, songs and dances, giving everyone a chance to be in the spotlight!
As we work together and support each other to create a show, actors build lifelong skills that will help both onstage and in their day-to-day lives, including:
- Speech & Communication
- Focus & Concentration
- Teamwork & Cooperation
Classes are open to individuals with Down syndrome and cognitive special needs ages 14 - 22. Each class has a maximum of 10 actors staffed by 2 teaching artists and 3-5 volunteer facilitators for a 2:1 ratio ensuring each actor gets personal attention and support from our staff. We offer two semesters a year one in January-May and another September-December (coinciding with the CPS calendar). Each semester is comprised of
- Ten 90 minute classes once/week
- One 2 hour dress rehearsal
- One Public Performance
Check back soon for information about our 2017-2018 season!
We will be accepting new actors. Click here to contact our Programming Team if you are interested in joining our ensemble.