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.
Meet the Teaching Artists
Annie Jankovic (she/her) is a multiply disabled, multi-hyphenate theater artist working in the Seattle area. She is currently working as an Accessibility Coordinator for Sound Theatre Company, and the Lead Front of House Manager for Book-It Repertory Theatre. Annie also has done work as an Accessibility Consultant and a panelist for many theaters both in Seattle and outside of it, including The 5th Avenue Theatre, Reboot Theatre Company, and the National Disability Theatre. She was also one of the founding members of the Washington chapter of T1International, a diabetes advocacy group focused on tackling the insulin price crisis and other barriers to health equality. She is passionate about disability justice, access, and equality in all areas of life and art, and centers that in all the work that she does.
QuiQui Dominguez (they/them) is thrilled to return to Seattle Rep to teach, and they are beyond excited to be teaching this class! They received their B.F.A. in theater from Cornish College of the Arts, and their M.Ed in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. They are a theater artist and behavioral analyst working throughout the Pacific Northwest. QuiQui has been working professionally in theater since 2012, and with individuals on the autism spectrum since 2013. You can hear QuiQui and their co-host on the Monthly Podcast: "The Mirror Stage Podcast" where they explore the Pacific Northwest and the unique characters that make up the Emerald City.