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17th of April 2017

“Inclusive-theater troupe gives audiences reason to cheer”

Thanks to Scott McCaffrey with The Arlington Connection for writing this great article about the Arlington Inclusive Theatre Company productions: Out of Monet and A Stacked Deck! Here are some great quotes from the article: “It’s fun,” [actor, Jill] Arnott said of the experience. “I like the costumes, I like to make new friends.” “I’m…


10th of April 2017

“ArtStream gives people a sense of belonging in a beautiful way.”

In a guest post, volunteer mentor Nick Gillespie talks about the friendships he’s made with the Gaithersburg Inclusive Theatre Company. I am so forever grateful to be a part of an organization as awesome as ArtStream! The smiles that the actors always have are so contagious and the volunteering environment is welcoming and inviting. Every…


27th of March 2017

The King says “No!”

When working with adults with disabilities, you have to make adjustments to accommodate their needs and help them to participate at their best. Usually these are minor and go unnoticed. But sometimes these little changes steal the show! Last year, I was directing our original inclusive musical The Legend of Blarnia and Eric was in…


17th of March 2017

Positively Speaking receives award for “Best Teen/Adult Program”

ArtStream and the Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County (DSNMC) are thrilled to share in an award for “Best Teen/Adult Program” from the 11th Annual Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action (DSAIA) Leadership Conference, held in Cincinnatti, Ohio in February 2017. The award honors “Positively Speaking,” a workshop series that is a partnership between ArtStream and…


9th of March 2017

“The company is like my third family!”

ArtStream actor Merry Casillas was interviewed about her role in A Stacked Deck. Performances April 6-9 and 13-15: Tickets and info » Here are some highlights from the interview. Who is your character? I’m Madison Bonjour, a famous actress. I’m a diva. How has her acting career been going? I am, like, a fading star…


7th of March 2017

“I learned quite a bit about the world around me.”

Cassie’s family was always involved in community theatre, but they never dreamed Cassie would be able to perform onstage. With ArtStream, Cassie’s learning differences are not a hindrance. She is a vital member of the cast. In the Inclusive Theatre Company, Cassie played a narrator, a reporter, a professor, and a fashion model — all…


2nd of March 2017

Sample Exercises – Shakespeare for All

Shakespeare for All makes the Bard accessible for everyone. Here are just a few of the exercises you might work on. MORE TO COME SOON! Standing in character Does your character stand with feet together or spread apart? Does your character hold their shoulders back or forward? Does your character look away or look right…


1st of March 2017

“I found another friend because of my first ArtStream class”

ArtStream participant David Krever was interviewed about his experience in ArtStream’s performing arts classes on February 9, 2017. This blogpost is from his perspective, based on the interview. I found another friend because of my first ArtStream class. It was in the Inclusive Comedy class last summer in Arlington. Ricky and I had, like, the…


8th of February 2017

$7,500 Grant from The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

ArtStream is the proud recipient of a 2016 Quality of Life Grant from The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Quality of Life Grants, conceived by the late Dana Reeve, strive to empower individuals with disabilities and their families by providing grants to nonprofit organizations that improve quality of life through inclusion, access, independence, opportunities for community…


7th of February 2017

“ArtStream gives me a voice”

When Jonathan “Big Jon” Frederick takes the stage with ArtStream’s Inclusive Theatre Company, he is supported by a cast of 22 actors. Among them are his brother-in-law, Danny, and his nephew, JP. “Big Jon” has played many different characters in his time with ArtStream. He was a tough mobster in The Vegas Way. He was…