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Theater for Neurodivergent Adults

Tuesdays 6-8 p.m., Oct. 25-Nov. 15

About the Class

Through improvisation, basic script analysis, and the study and performance of monologues and scenes, students are introduced to the fundamentals of theatrical and social performance. This class is geared towards autistic adults/adults with autism, but is open to all.

Understanding the difficulties people with autism face at school, home, and in social settings, our program aims to  create an environment that allows for the appropriate structure, opportunity, and guidance for students with unique perspectives of the world. Through our program, students will learn practical social skills, conflict resolution, and interpersonal connection through the training of verbal and physical communication. Our pedagogical approach is based upon established actor training techniques. We believe that actor training opens up opportunities for our students to safely participate in “real-life simulations” under the guise of a theatrical context. Our students will rehearse the imaginary circumstances of plays and  the “real-life” circumstances of the world they encounter outside of the classroom/theater.


At the completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Enhance individual and collective verbal and non-verbal communication skills in socially interactive settings
  • Use traditional acting methodologies which will help students to discover social goals, recognize social obstacles, and use communicative tactics
  • Confidently approach various common interpersonal scenarios


Curriculum Copyright: © 2019 Michael Schraeder, Director of KD Conservatory College of Film and Dramatic Arts, Dallas, TX, with the support of Trinity Rivers Arts Center (TRAC)


Sensory Friendly Performances

If you’re interested in this class, you might also be interested in our Sensory Friendly Performances! These performances are geared toward adult audiences with sensory sensitivities.

Saturday, December 10 at 2 p.m. for Mr. Dickens and His Carol
Saturday, February 25 at 2 p.m. for Metamorphoses

Meet the Teaching Artists

Annie Jankovic

QuiQui Dominguez