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Performers, playwrights with disabilities find a home at ArtStream

Theaters seek to reach out to underserved audiences. ArtStream, Inc., reaches out to potential actors and playwrights who might lack opportunities elsewhere.

Founded in 2005, the nonprofit organization teaches communication and social skills through participation in the performing arts for individuals with IDDA – intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism – said Executive Director Heller An Shapiro.

ArtStream’s “flagship” activities are its six Inclusive Theatre Companies in the area, with two companies performing at a time.  Two of these are in the county, located in Silver Spring and Gaithersburg…


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