Who We Serve
ArtStream teaches acting techniques and communication skills in inclusive classes designed for people of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) — including autism. Previous acting experience is not required to take a class or workshop. Classes build skills that are applicable in all aspects of life: from the stage, to the family dinner table, to Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings and the workplace. Class subjects may include comedy, music theatre, improv, public speaking, role-play, party dancing, and social skills.
Participants should be able to function in groups of up to 30 people with 1:4 staffing; independently meet self-care needs; follow directions; and demonstrate respectful, safe behavior at all times.
Registration for ArtStream classes and performing companies are open to adults 18+. Classes for younger students are frequently offered in partnership with local organizations or schools.
“My son has many challenges with social situations and making new friends is very difficult. I see a really positive change in him since he began this ArtStream class! He looks forward to the class and feels comfortable with the teachers. They are fabulous.”
–Parent of a 20-year-old ArtStream student, active since 2019