A Voice for Everyone
Episode Summary: In a recent theater performance of autistic and neurotypical adults, Dr. Bluestein saw the results of Brian Haney’s work with the group through the processes of creating, rehearsing, and performing a script. In this podcast, Haney talks about the cast, the project, and the model he developed. He also discusses the social and therapeutic value of his ensemble-based program, reactions of the participants’ parents and families, the importance of the arts to education (and in particular, the value to individuals with special needs), and the different ways in which the process is able to give even non-verbal participants a voice. Right-click on this link to download a copy of this mp3 file to your hard drive, or click on the bar below to listen.
Program Notes: Click here for a PDF handout with information and a list of resources related to this topic.
Brian Haney has been acting, directing, writing, and teaching in Albuquerque, New Mexico for 16 years. As Theatre-in-the-Making’s Creative Director, he has taught numerous workshops focused on ensemble acting, clowning, applied drama, and Shakespeare. From 2007-2011, he was an artist-in-residence at Amy Biehl High School working with teachers and students to help bring the texts of Macbeth and Othello to life. For the last 4 years, Brian has continued to develop the Spectrum Project, an innovative program in which people with autism spectrum disorder create an original work of dramatic art. Brian has taught with both the Albuquerque Little Theatre and Albuquerque Academy.
This program was recorded on March 16, 2012. The content is also available on the Energize Students Web site.
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