Our Mission

The mission of the Exceptional Theater Company is to 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. The organization’s purpose is to work toward fulfillment of the vision of a fully inclusive accessible program that meets artistic needs of the special needs community. Through its work, ETC develops and promotes independence, dignity, and self-respect in order to create, and develop more fulfilling lives.

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.


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.


Hollywood Stars “The Greatest ETC Show On Earth”

June 1, 2019



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.

Under the direction of Debbie Lombard, the one class became a program and was renamed the Exceptional Theater Company (ETC) and was established as a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization. Over the past 19 years, its membership has surged past 200, with 20 classes throughout Florida’s Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, and a summer program in Asheville, North Carolina. The performers, and volunteers usually pick the themes and Write the scripts for their annual performance. In 2010, the ETC Actors performed the full length play “Cinderella” for an audience of over 600 people — and everyone was thrilled! Most of the classes meet once a week for a minimum of one hour.

The Exceptional Theatre Company continues to grow and make a difference, one star at a time.


We sincerely appreciates the support of our generous sponsors!

“Give the actor a leading role on stage,
give the actor a leading role in life.”





12663 NW 18th Manor
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028