First Stage Theater Academy announces autism program

Written by admin   // July 11, 2012   // Comments Off

Next Steps classes to help autistic students experience drama, music and movement through life skills through stage skills philosophy

Milwaukee, WI – This summer First Stage Theater Academy launches its Next Steps program, classes specifically designed for students with autism.  Guided by the Academy’s philosophy of teaching life skills through stage skills, students will experience the joy of drama, music and movement each day with a team of specially-trained teaching artists and special education professionals.  Classes will be offered August 27-31, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center located at 325 W. Walnut Street, Milwaukee.  Classes are open to students entering grades 6-12 in fall 2012.

The Next Steps program answers a need that existing Academy families / students with high functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome expressed an interest in.  “Parents were excited after seeing the confidence First Stage’s life skills through stage skills approach instilled in their children.  Some even noted their ability to interact socially with peers and adults had improved,” said Jennifer Adams, First Stage Academy program director.  “The program enables students with autism take their next steps as an artist and as a person,” continued Adams.


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