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14th of December 2017

Kathleen’s Top Seven

A guest blog submitted by ArtStream actor Kathleen. My top seven reasons to be a part of ArtStream: We are the Stars of the World. We are Amazing people to be who we want be in the world — in every day life! We have friends and families who are there with you every step…


A Letter from Board Chairman Franklin Myers

Dear Friends, Are you ready to try something completely new? Something that’s never been done before? Step out of your routine? Perform solo? This year, seven ArtStreamers took a giant step into the unknown and auditioned for the very first ArtStream Cabaret.  With courage, confidence and joy, each person shared a skill they are proud…


3rd of November 2017

Guest Blog – Random Acts of Kindness with ArtStreamer Alyson

My name is Alyson. I did Social Club through ArtStream with Nicolette Stearns. She is a wonderful instructor who has taught me many social skills that I have learned. One of the homework assignments we were given at social club was to write down and do seven random acts of kindness. The random act of…


15th of June 2017

“She’s dramatic! I’m a dramatic character.”

ArtStream actor Rachel was interviewed about her role in Lasagnawood. Here are some highlights from the interview. What’s the name of your play? Lasagnawood. The title is called Lasagnawood. So it’s about making a movie in Hollywood? There are two different parts. People are in, like, different scenes from Hollywood and Italy. Some of the…


10th of April 2017

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

In a guest post, volunteer mentor Nick 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 week,…


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 was interviewed about her role in A Stacked Deck. 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 because I am getting older. And, why does she want…


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 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 same…


7th of February 2017

“ArtStream gives me a voice”

When “Big Jon” 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 a lazy…