Theatre On The Spectrum

A company for all abilities

TS1.jpgCADA is partnering with Ardmore,Inc. to develop an adult theatre program for people of all abilities with an interest in learning and creating theatre. By encouraging individual and collaborative success through theatre in an inclusive, safe environment that celebrates diversity and the joy of the creative arts, we support social and emotional well-being, growth and empowerment.

The program will provide training in skills essential for creating theatre and enhancing the quality of life. Through role play, theatre games, mask work and character study, participants will strengthen their social and emotional awareness. The theatre provides a safe space for practicing the ability to self-advocate, follow directions, collaborate and to create and meet deadlines. These are skills that apply to all jobs, not just theatre.

This program will lead the way in demonstrating the power of inclusive theatre. We will be taking field trips to visit Akron’s professional and community theatre companies. Theatre on the Spectrum will be actively seeking partnerships to create more inclusive theatre for area audiences.

We will be focusing on doing original work by people with autism and other disabilities. Our mission will be to provide a powerful voice for those who are often marginalized — by creating material that will resonate throughout our community.

Theatre on the Spectrum — Opening May 1st, 2017

If you have an ability or an interest in developing any of the following skills, the theatre could be a great place for you

  • Acting, Designing Sets
  • Making and Maintaining Props and Costumes
  • Stage Makeup
  • Mask-making
  • Carpentry
  • Painting
  • Sewing
  • Operating Lights/Sound boards
  • Writing
  • Research
  • Stage Crew
  • Stage Management
  • Videography
  • Business skills (Box Office
  • Stage and House Management
  • Marketing and Publicity)

Program Hours:
10:30 AM – 3:30 pm Monday through Friday,

Location: New Seasons Complex
1501 S. Hawkins Ave. Akron, OH 44320
(234) 678-7830

Program Director:
Wendy S Duke, Program Director
BA & MA in Theatre Arts University of Akron, co-founder of the Center for Applied Drama & Autism and directed the Drama Program at Miller South School for the Visual & Performing Arts in Akron for 22 years. 

If interested in attending this new and exciting program please contact:

  1. Your SSA from Summit DD and tell them you are interested in this program.
  2. Laura Gerlich, Director of Adult Day and Community Employment for Ardmore Inc. via
    Phone: 330.630.3859