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

Academic Resources

Mattaini, Molly. "Creating Autistic Space in Ability-Inclusive Sensory Theatre." Youth Theatre

Journal. 30 July 2019. 

Brown, Mark, ed. Oily Cart: All Sorts of Theatre for All Sorts of Kids. Trentham Books, 2012.

Shaughnessy, Nicola. “Imagining Otherwise: Autism, Neuroaesthetics and Contemporary

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/

Country-by-Country List

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



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