Volume 4 | Issue 7, 2020
CADA News and Information!
Join the Jubilee!
"What if there was a yearlong, nationwide theatre festival featuring work generated by those who have historically been excluded--including but not limited to artists of color, Native American and Indigenous and First Nations artists, women, non-binary and gender non-conforming artists, LGBTQIA2+ artists, Deaf artists, and artists with disabilities?"

The above question was posed on Howlround Theatre Commons in 2019. Theatre people around the world were encouraged to sign up and commit to developing a season of inclusive theatre in 2020. CADA/Theatre on the Spectrum signed up and looked forward to presenting Along the Graveyard Path as part of the Jubilee. You can join the Jubilee at their website.

Well, we all know how 2020 turned out for theatre groups. Over the summer, the Jubilee organizers invited participants to attend a virtual forum for participants to discuss how we move forward in a year or more of pandemic roadblocks. After spirited discussion and sharing of visions, the group realized that the Jubilee should be extended for at least 50 years -- in order to have a chance at evening the playing field for all the marginalized people who have been excluded from so many stages around this country and the world. The above sketch of all there to participate was made during our Zoom session. (Where in the world is Wendy?!

For disabled/autistic theatre workers, there are so many missed opportunities to be turned about. Whether on stage, back stage, in creative or business roles, people with disabilities and autism demand to be included! So many times, we have seen an able-bodied performer winning acclaim for portraying disabled people. It is only within the past five years, that we have seen persons who actually are autistic or live their lives in a wheelchair cast in television shows and movies. More of this needs to be taking place.

It was very affirming to meet with like-minded theatre folks, especially with Regan Linton, artistic director of Phamaly Theatre Company in Colorado. From their website: "In 1989, PHAMALy (Physically Handicapped Amateur Musical Actors League) was founded by five students from the Boettcher School in Denver, all living with disabilities, who had grown frustrated with the lack of theatrical opportunities for people living with disabilities." Check out their work here.

A Very Special Open Mic!
You can read more about Sean in the latest edition of the Hudson Hub! We'd like to thank Sean for his generosity and for inspiring us all with his passion for poetry.
Register for New Teacher Workshops Now!
Free Bollywood Dance Workshop with guest artist Bhawna Sudhir

The Center for Applied Drama and Autism is proud to announce that In Motion: Embracing Skill Display and Performance, and The Art of Bollywood, is now a weekly class taught by Bhawna Sudhir. Ms. B is the founder and director of Dancing Bells, LLC, a platform to sensitize individuals with different capabilities to express themselves and interact with each other through dance and movement. If you are interested in signing up for this class or for her free Bollywood Workshop, please contact us at info@centerforada.org

The Art of Bollywood Workshop explores the history of India's dance traditions from temple dance to Bollywood, Saturday, October 17 at 3 pm in Zoom.

The event is free, but capacity is limited to ten individuals, so don’t wait! You won’t want to miss this!

Above: Bhawna Sudhir
Below: Bhawna pictured with CADA students.

CADA's Fall Classes Meet the New Demands of Online Learning!
Pictured above: Ruben Ryan and Dean Coutris lead the Tuesday evening Improv for All Class!

Pictured below: Jordan Euell's The Writers' Room class is developing a collaborative script.
Pictured above: Students activating brains, body and creativity in Bhawna Sudhir's In-Motion movement class.

Pictured below: Students creating comic characters in Brandon Meeker and John Lynch's Comedy Class.
Become a Murder Mystery Sponsor!
Our next project is Total Newsense: A Murder Mystery Podcast, directed by Jordan Euell. This topical take on a classic form will be performed live over Zoom on December 5, 2020. You’ll recognize many familiar faces! Ruben Ryan plays the titular role of Joe Newsense, a Joe Rogan-esque podcast host who is mysteriously murdered, forcing an intern to separate and question everyone in the studio. 

“It’s a fun show of satire and intrigue plus, of course, murder,” says Ruben. 

We are also offering affordable sponsorships with unique benefits to individuals and companies, including free tickets and, at the highest level, a commercial written and recorded by the cast that’s yours to keep forever!
Now Seeking Submissions for our One-Act Play Festival!
CADA Staff Spotlight: Shannon Uphold
Shannon Uphold teaches Speak the Speech on Thursdays 6-7PM, an exploration of Shakespeare's words as a vehicle for improving articulation and making communication enjoyable.

She has an MFA from the Professional Actor Training Program at University of Houston. She has trained in The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Summer Professional Theatre Program Next Stage Ensemble and recently completed CADA's Drama for People with Autism and Disabilities teacher's training.

She is passionate about her work as an actor, teacher and mentor. For as long as she has been doing theatre, she has witnessed the transformative power that practice and performance can have on students' lives. She believes Applied Drama creates an open, active, and safe space to express a full range of emotions and experiences with trained professionals, allowing students with autism the chance to practice how to deal with these situations in their daily life and preparing them to enter society with more confidence, understanding, and readiness. She plans to continue her education in Drama Therapy, and is excited to take this next step in her journey!
CADA Appreciates Your Support!
.5% of your online purchases at Amazon will be donated to the Center for Applied Drama and Autism. All you have to do is click on the link below that takes you directly to CADA's Smile.Amazon site. Smile.Amazon.com has all the same products and services as Amazon's regular page -- the difference is you will be giving a percentage of your purchase to CADA. It's an easy way to support us!
Center for Applied Drama & Autism | (866) 844 - 8327 | info@centerforada.org | centerforada.org

Theatre on the Spectrum is CADA's performance wing. For further information, please visit us at centerforada.org