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.
In 1991, special education teacher Nanette Mikes came up with the idea to start a drama class for young adults with special needs, so that they would have a place to socialize after they graduated. The Quest Center in Hollywood was excited about the idea and agreed to house the 3-hour evening class. “The Drama Class for Adults with Special Needs” began with a mere 12 students that met once a week. As the years passed, the class grew in size. ETC has also been acknowledged by the Very Special Arts (VSA) of Florida as an innovative theater arts program for persons with disabilities and also by the School Enrichment in Arts and Science (SEAS) Program. ETC continues to teach at a Broward County Community School location.
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