START A THEATER

LAUNCH A PROGRAM FOR performers WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES through comprehensive PLU curriculum and coaching

 
 
 

You community can start and sustain a theater program for people with disabilities using the following tools:

 
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Raising the Curtain

Raising the Curtain is a comprehensive curriculum that combines years of research, development and expertise to equip theaters to teach, cast, rehearse, and perform alongside individuals with intellectual disabilities. From waivers and applications to casting evaluation guides, this resource is an indispensable component to each troupe’s success.

 

Request a sample of the curriculum by messaging us here


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Strategic Coaching

PEOPLE LIKE US affiliates begin their programs with confidence and clarity. Two to six months prior to beginning a troupe, PEOPLE LIKE US provides personal coaching to the Director, Choreographer, Music Director, Stage Manager and Theater Assistants (TAs) through a variety of training workshops. Upon completion, the artistic leaders become PEOPLE LIKE US Certified and are prepared to start their own troupe for people with disabilities.

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Folklore and Fairy Tales

It’s not long after a troupe begins that members are ready to perform. Yet popular productions do not lend themselves to the language or non-verbal nature of people who have disabilities. Furthermore, copyright restrictions do not allow for lines, language, or characters to be adjusted from the original script. Therefore, PEOPLE LIKE US crafted Folklore and Fairy Tales, a collection of twelve shows that cater to the interests, humor, potential, and ability of people with disabilities. PEOPLE LIKE US Production grants full permission to alter the scripts’ language upon email confirmation from the Executive Director, so it best caters to the unique abilities of each particular troupe. The original songs are supplemented by rehearsal tracks, accompaniment tracks, and instructional choreography videos.


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The Visionary and Director

Two focal roles are required to bring this transformational program to your community. The Visionary understands the opportunity this program provides for these unique individuals and eagerly sponsors the program. The Director is an artistic leader who enthusiastically embraces the opportunity to facilitate this social and artistic endeavor for people with disabilities in their community. He or she oversees the week-to-week program activities and instructors.

Typically, a community provides both The Visionary and The Director. However, if you need help supplementing one of those roles, we are happy to help find you the perfect pair.

For an in-depth exploration of program activities, watch the PEOPLE LIKE US documentary.

 

“The PEOPLE LIKE US team has done a phenomenal job showcasing the strengths and abilities of special needs individuals. I feel so blessed to have a film we can now use as  a tool to educate others about these incredible people.”
— Maureen McGowan, Lakeland Community Theater, Education Director