Barrier-Free Theatre Adults (ages 17+)
is a 7-month drama therapy process engaging ensemble members in activities such as improvisation, creative dramatics, theatre games, role-play, and character development to enhance social-emotional growth. The program culminates with an original play developed by the participants and creative team! The play is performed in the Spring of 2019 on the Mainstage!
Rehearsal Dates: Wednesday Afternoons October 17 – April 17, 2019
Technical Rehearsals: April 22-25, 2019
Performance Dates: April 26-28, 2019
Registration Deadline: August 15, 2018
Registration is now closed. Tracena Marie (Barrier-Free Theatre Director) will start reviewing applications on August 16th. Due to the high level of interest in the program, not all participants will be guaranteed a spot. All applicants will be notified by August 20th of their status in the program.
Individuals not selected into the program for this year will be placed on a waiting list. If any available slots open up, those slots will be filled via a lottery process.
Including Everyone in the Arts
What is Barrier-Free Theatre?
Barrier-Free Theatre offers therapeutic arts programming for children and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. The programs provide an inclusive space for individuals to share their voices in a creative way! The mission for Barrier-Free Theatre is to enhance overall wellness of everyone involved, provide an opportunity to boos self-esteem, validate talents, establish life skills, as well as create lasting friendships. Our wish is for Barrier-Free Theatre to continue to give participants, volunteers, and audience members the platform needed to work together to break down the stigma of disabilities in our community
National Barrier-Free Theatre Programs:
Barrier-Free Theatre of Manhattan, KS
Barrier-Free Theatre of Maryland
Barrier-Free Theatre of Muncie, IN
Barrier-Free Theatre of Carmel, IN
“Opening night arrived, and I felt comfortable as my character from our play, Super Ability: My Power Within. I didn’t feel unsure anymore. This program brought me back to the theatre and reignited my passion, which I thought was long lost.” Allison Haire, Barrier-Free Theatre Adult Participant
“I believe it is a wonderful program for not only the people involved, but for the community as well. The program has had a significant emotional impact on the my participating clients, who have demonstrated very positive changes in their lives and daily routines.” Anna Wamhoff, MT-BC Music Therapist at Hillcroft Services