Mark Stahlman Memorial Theater & Movement Class:
For Students with Disabilities
In Fall 2015 after two years of planning and preparation, THAC launched the Mark Stahlman Memorial (MSM) Theater and Movement Class for students with disabilities. This class was named in memorial of a local and severely disabled, quadriplegic, young man who worked for two summers with our teenagers in their productions. As a member of the cast he brought many great experiences and learning opportunities to our able students. He loved every minute that he was in theater. We were all so inspired and impressed that, when he passed away, the theater committed to serving these populations with established programs. Three very special teachers who are theater professionals and have experience working with students with disabilities taught the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 pilots. Nine students attended the inaugural program, and sixteen students attended the second class. These students represent a broad spectrum of both physical and mental disabilities. The pilots were amazing successes. All of the caregivers of these delightful students said that the experience gave their wards more confidence than they had ever imagined possible. Their artistic efforts for the final performance of each pilot classes amazed audiences. THAC launched its final pilot in Summer 2016 with 15 students. The MSM: Theater & Movement Class will become a regular part of our education programming in Fall 2016.
This class has been a real joy. It is a perfect combination of meeting our students where they are & challenging them to move forward. Based on the first three classes & performances, we are onto something here that brings the magic & connectivity of the theater to all who participate. Plus, we have so much fun!”
Instructor, MSM Theater & Movement Class
Director CMTA Camp Footprint…One Step At a Time!
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