Help Inclusive Theater Grow!

 

A young man with Autism, a recently graduated journalism major, a 30 something year old musician and a young man with Cerebral Palsey walked into an Improv class–and surprised themselves and everyone else–with their previously undiscovered talent for improvisational comedy. A writing group started up in the winter of 2015 with five members–two “neuro-typical women, two people with Autism and one woman with Cerebral Palsey. Two years later the group is going strong: wome weeks more than 10 people are present, and this year, 2017, three regular members’ works will be published. two of these members are people with disabilities

Inclusive Theater of Western New York was begun by people whose children have experienced bullying, harrassment, and social isolation by their typical peers. The cumulative results of these experiences have led in many cases to low self esteem, PTSD, anxiety, and continued social isolation into adulthood.

Inclusive Theater of Western New York addresses the need for inclusion of men and women with disabilities who have lacked opportunities throughout their school careers. We accomplish this by providing acting classes and a writing group in an emotionally safe environment that is condusive to experimentation, free of judgement, harrassement and bullying, and one that reflects the population as a whole. As such, all our classes have a mix of people with different ethnic, religious and socio-economic and disability making up the whole.

For the people who have been attending our programs and classes, new worlds have opened up. One woman who has a developmental disability commented after a Saturday workshop in which the group made sets, wrote and acted in a play: “I never thought I could do anything like this!” Another participant, a professional actor who attended one of our acting classes commented, “I never knew what people who depend on wheelchairs went through”.

In big and small ways, Inclusive Theater of WNY is changing minds and perceptions, of people with disabilities, and people from different educational, social and economic backgrounds. Studies have shown that “inclusion” beneftis everyone.* We are seeing this firsthand in increased awareness, esteem and understanding on the part of all the people we serve.

Please consider making a contribution so we can continue to make a difference in the lives of the people of Buffalo—and beyond!

For information on how to make a donation please call Aimée Levesque, Executive Director, 716-218-8129

 

 

*Chandler-Olcott, K. and Kluth, P. (2009), Why Everyone Benefits From Including Students With Autism in Literacy Classrooms. The Reading Teacher, 62: 548–557. doi: 10.1598/RT.62.7.1
Publication History
Issue online: 9 NOV 2011
Version of Record online: 9 NOV 2011
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09620214.2011.543851

The Promise of Inclusive Schooling
http://www.spannj.org/pti/Improving_Education_Promise_of_Inclusive_Schooling.pdf
Moore, C. J. (1997). Educating students with disabilities in general education classrooms: A summary of the research. Juneau: Alaska Department of Education.
GRAPHIC DESIGN BY:
Zemelman, F., Danielson, H., and Hyde, A. (1993). Best practice: New standards for teaching and learning in America’s schools. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

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“In The Garden” Participatory Theater – July 15, 2017!

We are so excited to announce our next theater workshop, “In the Garden!”

So what is the “In the Garden!” workshop? The workshop is a participatory theater event – meaning, we spend time throughout our time together “building” our performance before “staging” our performance later in the day!

We will act, craft, paint, write (and more!) during our workshop time together! It will be a day of play that is open to EVERYONE!!

The workshop starts promptly at 9am and runs until 2pm on Saturday, JULY 15, 2017 at The Foundry. There is a $10 cost for the event, which covers materials and lunch.

Reservation is required to ensure that we have enough materials.

To reserve your space or for questions, please send us an email at inclusivetheaterofwny@gmail.com or call 716-218-8129.

Hope to see you there!

 

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Online Tickets for Fundraiser Now Available!

ITOWNY is proud to announce our first fundraiser and you can get your tickets here: ITOWNY Fundraiser Online Tickets


About the fundraiser:


Come on out on April 24, 2017 from 6pm – 8pm at Pearl Street Grill to help us raise some dough for acting class scholarships, programming, and for our first staged production!

Donations for our theme tray auction are also greatly appreciated! Message us on Facebook or via email at inclusivetheaterofwny@gmail.com if you are willing to provide a basket, gift certificate, or to make a donation.

Can’t make it to the event? That’s okay! Although we would love to have you join us, if you can’t make it, you can still help out by donating a basket/certificate for the auction and/or by purchasing a ticket to the event.

A portion of all sales go to Inclusive Theater and your ticket will be given to someone who may have financial difficulties but still wants to attend the event.Thanks for your help and consideration!

Hope to see you there!

Save the DATE! ITOWNY Fundraiser – April 24, 2017, 6pm – 8pm!!

ITOWNY is proud to announce our first fundraiser! Come on out on April 24, 2017 from 6pm – 8pm at Pearl Street Grill to help us raise some dough for acting class scholarships, programming, and for our first staged production!

Donations for our theme tray auction are also greatly appreciated! Message us on Facebook or via email at inclusivetheaterofwny@gmail.com if you are willing to provide a basket, gift certificate, or to make a donation.

Can’t make it to the event? That’s okay! Although we would love to have you join us, if you can’t make it, you can still help out by donating a basket/certificate for the auction and/or by purchasing a ticket to the event. A portion of all sales go to Inclusive Theater and your ticket will be given to someone who may have financial difficulties but still wants to attend the event.

Oh yeah – another way to help – share the flyer with all of your friends. Help us get the word out! 🙂

Thanks for your help and consideration! Hope to see you there!

ITOWNY Flyer

Four Days till Auditions and Monologues

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We at Inclusive Theater are truly blessed to have the involvement of wonderful people like Aleks Malejs (recently burning up the stage in Tennessee Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth–Irish Classical Theatre Company). We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Aleks as well as Russ Wendell and Dan Greer and the entire board of The Lancaster Regional Players for their support and confidence in our little venture.

Inclusive Theater of Western NY is doing something new. We are creating an atmosphere where beginners and those with experience, neurotypical people and people with challenges, in short, people of all ages and ability come together to learn–about themselves and each other–in a milieu that encourages experimentation and growth: a truly inclusive and natural environment.

While there are challenges, we believe we will be creating new opportunities for people who may  have felt too intimidated to become involved in theater: people who lack confidence, people with various disabilities (physical, emotional, and learning disabilities), older people, people new to this country, etc.

There are theater companies for people with disabilities, but none are truly inclusive. Our goal is to foster growth through classes and help prepare people for auditions and roles–in ways that make them, if they have the talent–truly qualified.  We also will offer opportunities for people to be involved in all aspects of theater.

It’s been a long year of preparation and we have just begun to see the fruits of all that work. Watch this space…14729313_979571822189337_7810489217992446483_n