Volume 5 | Issue 9, 2021
CADA News and Information!
Welcome to our 2021-22 Season of Events!
Company members visiting Schneider Park which was the site of Akron's Poor House in the early 20th century.
ABOVE L to R: Ruben Ryan, Daniel Seemann, Scott Hudson, Jake Dietz, Samir Hammoud and JT Styles Toomer in front, at Schneider Park in Akron, OH. This park stands on land that once housed Akron's Poor House and Potter's Field.

A Covid-19 delayed Knight Akron Arts Challenge project transforms to an online digital series format! A new Comedy Troupe! Our annual murder mystery returns! Theatre classes continue for youth and adults! Instead of a royal variety show, CADA hosts An Inclusive and Accessible Variety Performance Spectacular in May of 22.

All CADA events and classes will happen online this season. Although we were happy to perform at a couple of live events this summer, Covid rates in our county and state are on the rise as we head into the fall. We want everyone to stay safe. In our Zoom theatre, we don't need masks or social distancing. We can connect with our students, collaborate with theatre artists and companies from around the world -- while creating inclusive and accessible performances!

One day, this Covid demon and its variants will be wrestled into submission and we will be so ready to venture out onto a real stage! But when that happens, CADA will continue to embrace digital performances and classes, along with live opportunities, in order to provide inclusive theatre for all!

With thanks to the JS Knight Foundation, Akron Community Foundation,the Ohio Arts Council and our many individual donors for their support of our work.
Our Mission:   We inspire the growth and empowerment of diverse individuals on the autism spectrum and those with cognitive/physical disabilities through theatre-based programming.

Our Vision: We imagine a world where our diverse community unites to celebrate and advocate for a more inclusive future so people of all abilities can choose to navigate the stage and the world effectively.
One-Act Play Festival Wrap-Up
All eight plays from CADA's FIRST Virtual One-Act Play Festival have premiered, but they are still available to watch throughout the summer!
Fall classes start Sept 13 -- Register Now!
Above: Jabberwocky by the 2021 Summer Voice Acting Class!

Our Online Classes for 2021-22 feature an expanded curriculum designed to encourage growth in theatre arts and in social and emotional development and interpersonal communication skills. Over the course of Fall, Winter and Spring sessions, we will be offering classes that build on prior skills as well as courses for beginners. We are committed to continuing our online programming so that youth and adults of all abilities, no matter where they are located, can join our classes and perform in our productions. And with virtual classes, no masks or social distancing are required!
FALL 2021

Intro to Comedy: Explore the basics of comedy across multiple formats including improvisation, sketch comedy and stand-up. Analyze what is funny and what isn’t in the 21st century as comedy has evolved in multiple forms across Instagram, TikTok and other platforms. The class will create a final project that will be posted on social media. 
John Lynch and Ruben Ryan, Mondays 6 - 7 PM ET

Writer's Room: Collaborative writing is the standard process for all types of television programming. Learn how to bring your special talents to a group process. The class will create a final project that will be shared on social media.
Jordan Euell and Eve Urban, Wed 6:30 - 7:30 PM ET

Intro to Voice Acting: Learn the mechanics of vocal production while exploring the variety of vocal opportunities available for actors with powerful and flexible voices. Students will learn how to prepare a portfolio with sample of their voice work.
Mikaia Ross and Wendy Duke, Saturday 3 - 4 PM ET

Improv for All: For all ages, abilities and levels of experience. Improvisation is naturally inclusive! By learning to “Say Yes!” actors develop scenes that can incorporate favorite characters and genres. Improv helps actors work on communication skills for stage and real life. 
Ruben and Brandon, Sat 11 - noon
Learn More About Creating Inclusive Theatre
In a panel discussion for the 2021 Milestones Conference, four of CADA's One Act Play Festival directors met to discuss the joys and challenges of creating inclusive theatre. With Fran Sillau, Artistic Director of The Circle Theatre, Omaha NE; Camila Kann, Theatre Specialist for NYC ADAPT;, Cary Johnstone director Shopworks Theatre Company, Columbus OH; and moderated by Wendy Duke, Center for Applied Drama and Autism.
Audition for CADA's New Comedy Troupe!
The Center for Applied Drama and Autism is pleased to announce a new project which is a recipient of the Ohio Arts Council ArtsNEXT* grant for innovative and experimental programming.

The Next Stage Comedy Project will provide an opportunity for a group of ten to fifteen actors with autism/disabilities to form an online comedy troupe as a pilot program for our 2021-2022 season. Under the guidance of Ruben Ryan, a professional comedian and improv artist and John Lynch, a former student with autism and now a teacher for CADA, these individuals will be selected via auditions and interviews to develop material, rehearse and perform. The troupe will also meet with guest artists to further their writing, collaborating and performing skills throughout the fall. Their first performance will be a comedy showcase in early December 2021. From January through May of 2022, the troupe will present monthly comedy shows online for which they will receive stipends for each performance.

Troupe members will also learn the practical aspects of forming a comedy troupe. They will take turns in the roles of stage manager, technical director, and will also learn basic marketing and advertising techniques. The troupe will also develop a YouTube presence and will learn the essential aspects of developing revenue streams from online performing.

CADA is very grateful for the support from the arts council and our state legislators! The theatre company is currently planning a variety of fun and entertaining ways the public can help us match this grant to fund the Comedy Troupe’s first year!  


*The ArtsNEXT program provides competitive funding for innovative and experimental projects. Awards support big ideas that push boundaries, engage participants in unexpected ways, pilot new solutions to challenging problems, improve program design with calculated risk-taking, or result in the creation of new work. These forward-looking projects help define Ohio as an exciting, cutting- edge place to make, consume, and experience the arts.

We're inviting YOU to audition for CADA’s Comedy Troupe, an innovative and groundbreaking project funded in part by the Ohio Arts Council, on September 21 and 23 from 6-8PM. This project is for ages 16 and above.

The virtual audition will consist of an interview with Director Ruben Ryan and Assistant Director John Lynch, followed by an improv session with three applicants at a time. You may sign up for a time slot by clicking the button below.

Please bring your availability and your contact info, including:
  1. Email address
  2. Phone number
  3. Physical address

Prior to the audition, you may send us samples of your work to Ruben@centerforada.org.
Stipends of $100 per performance; you won't want to miss this opportunity!
Last Friday Improv Night on Zoom
Call-Outs for a Cause was such a fun and successful event, we've decided to host an Improv Night + Fundraiser on the last Friday of EVERY MONTH! Will you join us?
CADA Thanks to the Ohio Arts Council
The Ohio Arts Council recently awarded the Center for Applied Drama and Autism two grants: An ArtsSTART award in support of our 2021-22 season and an ArtsNEXT award to develop a comedy troupe for performers with disabilities. You will be hearing more about the comedy troupe in our next newsletter! We would like to thank the OAC along with Governor Mike DeWine, Lt Gov John Husted, and members of the Ohio General Assembly for recognizing the power of the arts in communities across Ohio. We are so grateful for the support!
Teacher Spotlight
Writer's Room teacher, Jordan Euell hosts a weekly showcase in Tremont with Imposters Theater.
A new song by Jeff Moyer, disability rights advocate and musician: Climate Crisis
NEW One-on-One Opportunities!
Thanks to all our corporate and individual sponsors who have contributed to our continuing success!

Tessa Gaffney 
Teresa McCormish Hurray 
Janet Juliano 
Danny Paparella  
Jordan Bryce James 
Rose Langstaff 
Shannon Costa Kotradi 
Saul Caplan

Jennifer Bozeka 
Jeannette Loretitsch 
Robert Keith 
Josh Gippin 
Shelly York 
Lysa Mulloy 
Shannon Uphold

Rachel Scalish
Samantha Honaker
Brittany Jackson
Lysa Mulloy
Sandra McPherson
Jamie Filisko
Georgianne Hudson Smith
Gregory Rees
Jeff Moyer
Mary Kate & Fred Donnelly
Dominic Leone
Kathy Moran
Rick Woods
Pamela Warrick
Diana Wilson
Carolyn Johnston
Amelia Polzella
Animita Saha
Gonzalo Hidalgo
Marie Curry & Brant Lee
Logan Shamberger
Karen Magner
Colleen Foy
JL Dorrian
Nancy Archey 
Alice Altwies 
Mark Greer 
Dane Leasure 
DeAndre Hairston-Karim
Jamie Gellner 
Andrea Klein
Dean Coutris 
Laura Beahn McFalls

Michael Gatto 
Steve Karangis 
Heather Cross

Jen Snider
Chris Fornadel
Bill Smith 
Maria Krenz Smith 
Stephen Dolan 
James Slowiak 
Larry Marks 
Tina Lattimer 
Paige Wilson
Eve McPherson
Michelle Herter
George & Jamie Coutris
Annie Gustley
Pooja Rajpal
Emily Durway

Lauren Mathis 
Howard Parr 
Laura Yeager 
Mark Wilt 
Paige Giannetti

Russ Henley
Bhawna Sudhir
Mac Love
Kristin Kranz
Philip G Duke

Elsie Hammoud
Debra Bugenske
Andrew Shahriari
Margo Snider
Bev Brown

Laura Dolan
Kristin & Steven Kranz
Stephen Benjamin
Debbie & Steve Bugenske
John Ballard

Nancy & Leon Kranz
CADA Appreciates Your Support!
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Theatre on the Spectrum is CADA's performance wing. For further information, please visit us at centerforada.org