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Success Stories

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…

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…

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…

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…

2nd of September 2016

The rewards of volunteering are priceless

In a guest post, ArtStreamer Pam Young reflects on her time as volunteer mentor three years down the road, and how it led her to pursue a graduate degree in Theatre and Drama Therapy. ArtStream is the reason I have the career that I do now. It is the reason I want to help people…

14th of June 2016

The challenge was putting everyone’s ideas together.

We interviewed first-time actress Katy Donahue from the 2016 Inclusive Theatre Company production Parks & Inspiration. Here are some highlights from the interview: This is your first ArtStream musical, but have you ever been in a play before? No, actually, I have not. But I have seen a lot of plays. So what made you…

6th of June 2016

The “Wind Beneath My Wings” at WRNMMC

ArtStream’s Allies in the Arts artist-in-residence program brings creative arts opportunities to patients and visitors on the 4th Floor at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), which include military personnel and their families. ArtStream artists rotate according to their schedules and lead sessions in music, creative writing, visual arts, and improvisational storytelling. We visited…

9th of December 2015

Defining “Wellness” in Social Club

“What does wellness mean to you?” When I asked our Arlington Social Club members, some of them said it was maintaining hygiene and health. Others took “wellness” a different way to mean feeling whole – like you belong. This is when our quick weekly check-in turned into something more. One by one, club members talked…