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The Artistry of Accessibility: Creating Theatre with and for Students on the Autism Spectrum

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Date Issued:
2015
Abstract/Description:
Theatre is a place where all can come together and have an experience regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, or ability. As a theatre maker and teaching artist, how do I create inclusion and augment social awareness by designing and implementing theatrical experiences for a specific audience? In this personal exploration of inclusive theatre practices (Sensory Friendly Theatre, Inclusive Arts Integration, and Multi-Sensory Theatre) I will examine my experience of creating and adapting theatre with and for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. My process has a three-pronged approach: adapting an established production using a Sensory Friendly model; adapting an arts integration facilitation in an inclusive elementary classroom; and collaboratively creating a sensory-based theatrical experience with other artists and students with cognitive disabilities. Through these experiences, I strive to uncover how developing theatre for this specific audience has challenged me to grow as an artist and activist.
Title: The Artistry of Accessibility: Creating Theatre with and for Students on the Autism Spectrum.
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Name(s): Brunow, Sara, Author
Listengarten, Julia, Committee Chair
Ingram, Kate, Committee Member
Niess, Christopher, Committee Member
Kovac, Kim, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Theatre is a place where all can come together and have an experience regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, or ability. As a theatre maker and teaching artist, how do I create inclusion and augment social awareness by designing and implementing theatrical experiences for a specific audience? In this personal exploration of inclusive theatre practices (Sensory Friendly Theatre, Inclusive Arts Integration, and Multi-Sensory Theatre) I will examine my experience of creating and adapting theatre with and for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. My process has a three-pronged approach: adapting an established production using a Sensory Friendly model; adapting an arts integration facilitation in an inclusive elementary classroom; and collaboratively creating a sensory-based theatrical experience with other artists and students with cognitive disabilities. Through these experiences, I strive to uncover how developing theatre for this specific audience has challenged me to grow as an artist and activist.
Identifier: CFE0006027 (IID), ucf:51003 (fedora)
Note(s): 2015-05-01
M.F.A.
Arts and Humanities, Theatre
Masters
This record was generated from author submitted information.
Subject(s): Theatre -- Theatre for Young Audiences -- Autism Spectrum Disorder -- Inclusion -- Sensory Friendly Performances -- Arts Integration -- Multi-Sensory Theatre -- Theatre in Education
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0006027
Restrictions on Access: campus 2016-11-15
Host Institution: UCF

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