OUR STORY

WHY WE STARTED ETC

Exceptional Theater Company, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization known as “ETC,” is recognized as an innovative theater arts program for people with disabilities. Its classes and productions focus on techniques in improvisation, movement and music, giving ETC actors opportunities to enhance verbal skills, improve movement, express ideas and feelings, build self-confidence, think freely, and socialize.

ETC volunteers, known as “shadows,” assist the actors both on and off the stage. Shadow roles are often filled by high school students, who find the work fun and rewarding. Actors, teachers and shadows work together to choose themes and write scripts for their performances.

Beginning In Hollywood, Florida in 1991 as The Quest Drama Club with twelve students led by special education teacher Nanette Mikes, the club was later transformed into a new format under the leadership of Debbie Lombard. Ruben Levy joined forces with Debbie and Exceptional Theater Company expanded! Ruben, with his many years of business acumen, helped ETC become a corporation and then achieve and formalize its 501(c)(3) status.

As part of the Broward County Community Schools and the School Enrichment in Arts and Science Program, ETC now serves over 300 students, conducting weekly theater classes in 14 locations across Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties, and putting on numerous productions throughout the year. It is the organization’s goal to expand its reach in order to enrich the lives of as many special needs actors and families as possible.

OUR ACTIVITIES

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THE EXCEPTIONAL THEATER

OUR STUDENTS MAKE US TRULY EXCEPTIONAL

The ETC drama class is designed to teach theatre to persons with physical and intellectual challenges. ETC creates opportunities for personal growth by teaching theatrical skills of expression.

Each individual class provides a setting for inclusion with the involvment of members of the community as volunteers, mostly high school students, receiving community service hours. The volunteers, also known as Shadows, work with the special needs students on and off the stage.

OUR CLASSES

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Driftwood Community Center – Teens & Adults (8 weeks)

June 11, 2018

Teens & Adults ages 12 and up
Fees: $80 per semester (8 weeks) plus a $25 registration & supply fee
Mondays from 10:00am to 12:00pm


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ETC Private Classes

Private Classes
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Exceptional Theater Company is proud to partner with the following organizations and offer theater classes for their members/participants. These classes are only for members of the organization, closed to the public.
Class Locations

  • Lucanus Developmental Center
  • LIFE
  • JARC
  • JAFCO
  • ELS Center of Excellence
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Michael Ann Russell JCC

October 29 to April 22

Adults ages 16 and up
Fees: $140 per semester (12 weeks) plus a $25 registration & supply fee
Sundays from 10:30am to 12:00pm


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David Posnack JCC Tweens

January 22nd to May 7th or 14th

Tweens ages 10 and up
Fees: $140 per semester (registration through DPJCC) plus a $25 registration & supply fee
Mondays from 4:30pm to 5:30pm


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David Posnack JCC Adults

January 22nd to May 7th

Adults ages 16 and up
Fees: $140 per semester (registration through DPJCC) plus a $25 registration & supply fee
Mondays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm


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Archbishop McCarthy High School

January 8th to May 14th

Adults ages 16 and up
Fees: $140 per semester (12 weeks) plus a $25 registration & supply fee
Mondays from 5:30pm to 7:30pm


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Broward Center for the Performing Arts

January 16th to April 10th

Special Stars Adult Classes
Fees: $120 per semester (registration through BCPA) plus a $25 registration & supply fee
Tuesdays from 6:30pm - 8:00pm


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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

We energize and motivate children, teens, adults, and seniors with disabilities, and their families to achieve creative expression through involvement in the arts and community service, utilizing the power of theater.

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