Ability-Inclusive Sensory Theatre
Ability-Inclusive Sensory Theatre is an emerging genre within Theatre for Young Audiences which creates work from the ground-up for children on the autism spectrum and with other cognitive disabilities. Through sensory immersion, empathetic improvisation, and a structure which focuses on soft transitions and consent, artists are able to create rich theatrical landscapes for audiences who are not served well in a tradition theatre space
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Performance.” Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, vol. 38, no. 4, December 2013, p. 321- 334.
--- and Trimingham, Melissa, "Imagining the Ecologies of Autism." Routledge Companion to Theatre,
Performances, and Cognitive Science. Routledge, New York, 2019, p. 316-329.
Shaw, Kerry. The Red Kite Project. DVD. Rascals and Rogues with Chicago Children’s Theatre, 2010.
Upfront Performance Network: https://upfrontperformancenetwork.wordpress.com/manifesto/
Who is practicing Ability-Inclusive Sensory Theatre near me?
The lines on this map indicate known history of theatre companies learning practices from one another
Do you know of a company that is producing ability-inclusive sensory theatre which is not on this list? Please contact me