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.
EXCEPTIONAL THEATER COMPANY
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.
TAKING A LEADING ROLE
The volunteers, also known as Shadows, work with the special needs students on and off the stage. The class teaches techniques in improvisation, movement and music. With easy, fun exercises, the special needs actor has the opportunity to express ideas and feelings.
The program enhances verbal skills, improves movement, builds self-confidence, and advances socialization while stimulating free thinking. The actors and volunteers/shadows pick the themes and write the scripts for the performance.
Most of our classes meet once a week for a minimum of one hour. The size of the class can vary; actors of all ages are welcome.
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