Over the past 8 months I have been increasingly drawn to the relatively new field of "Dramautism," a phrase sometimes used, when talking about applying theatre to individuals on the Autism Spectrum. I have done some research on both Applied Theatre and Autism. (If you are wondering what Applied Theatre is, I started a Ning Network called appliedtheatre.org that you can check out) Through a series of highly fortunate events, I have been able to volunteer at a home/academy for men and women with learning disabilities. I help out in their drama class, teaching improvisation and theatre skills. It has been incredible. Most of the men and women have Asperger Syndrome. I am learning so much and seeing how theatre can be such a powerful tool for them. Their plans for a musical fell through, and I think I may now be assisting the teacher/director in devising a piece with them--which is such a wonderfully validating process, that I am so excited to be a part of. I am learning much about these learning disabilities, how to better interact and love people no matter their struggles, and that maybe this is a field that I could enter professionally. I love it. I can't wait to see what happens and what they create.
northern california sunflower child. i grew up reading stories, writing stories, drawing stories, and then acting out stories. my parents are travel-lovers and that was passed on to me. studied lots of things at brigham young university in provo, utah. got my dream jobs right out of the shoot and am currently working with people with autism using the arts. i work on projects i'm passionate about on the side, love my family and friends, and try to LIVE this messy thing called life.