Theatre Horizon’s Autism Drama Program inspires imagination and social development in individuals on the autism spectrum. Capitalizing on the strengths and interests of participants, our classes encourage interpersonal relationships, verbal expression, flexible thinking, and a sense of self worth and accomplishment. Class size is limited to provide a small student to teacher ratio.
Through improv games and creative play, students develop flexible thinking and valuable social skills. Actors learn to collaborate and share ideas as they participate in lively theatre games in an environment that celebrates their unique talents and interests.
Youth Drama classes draw on theatre methodologies in combination with core principles of the Son-Rise autism treatment approach and the Floortime autism therapy model. Activities involve imaginative situations that require students to use their voices and bodies to play characters individually and in relation to their fellow students. Participants in Youth Drama play more cooperatively with others; more readily accept others’ differences and mistakes; become better able to take turns and more flexible when needed; attempt new experiences; express a sense of accomplishment; and express a desire to continue exploring theatre arts.
A partnership between Theatre Horizon and Philadelphia Young Playwrights, this class is for anyone who loves to tell a good story! Participants learn the fundamentals of storytelling as they develop the skills necessary to communicate their thoughts and feelings. Through improv games and writing exercises, participants learn to create strong characters, rich dialogue, and engaging story lines. Class culminates in a final showcase of participants’ work.
With regular one-on-one support from teaching artists, writers read and analyze published plays, share their own work during “Reader’s Theatre,” and are challenged to collaborate on ensemble-written pieces.
The true cost to run the Autism Drama Program is $180 per student. Thanks to funding from individual donors and foundations, Theatre Horizon can make the program accessible to all families regardless of household income by offering sliding scale tuition of $65-$180.
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For more information on the Autism Drama Program, contact Angela Coleman, Education Director, at Angela@TheatreHorizon.org or 610-283-2230 x708.