At New Village Arts, it is our goal to create an inclusive arts experience for all members of our community. We welcome all to our village, and strive to develop programming that will ensure everyone has access to quality arts education and entertainment. The following inclusive programs are available throughout the year:
MONDAY NIGHT LIVE
Developed by NVA Artistic Associate and Teaching Artist Samantha Ginn, “Monday Night Live!” is an improv class for teenagers and young adults with neurodiversity, and their neurotypical peers. Working in a collaborative and safe environment, this program aims to give students the tools they need to enhance self-expression, collaboration, and confidence. Each course culminates in a live performance for students’ friends and families.
In Monday Night Live!, neurodiverse students will explore themes (anime, musicals, etc) through different acting forms (stand-up, scene work, show hosting, movement, music, etc) to acquire more acting techniques based on material that interests the individual students. Of course, we end with our own comedy sketch show… Monday Night Live!
THE STAGEDOOR ACADEMY
Designed as a program to transition Monday Night Live! students into the world of professional theatre, NVA’s The Stage Door Academy works in collaboration with NVA’s season offerings. Students will audition for roles, rehearse their parts both with teaching artists and with the cast and crew, and then will have featured, professional performances in select NVA shows.
NVA teaching artists work directly with adults living with early-stage Alzheimer’s and dementia, putting theatre into practice as a way to boost mood, enhance memory, and create community. Theatre and improvisation have been linked to increases in memory retention and cognition, and some studies have shown that such activities are beneficial to those living with early stages of cognitive decline. Using music, games, acting, and improvisation, we seek to bring joy, comfort, and enthusiasm to participants and their families.
To inquire about future Mindful Theatre classes, contact New Village Arts.
SUMMER THEATRE PRODUCTIONS
NVA has partnered with Kids Act to develop fully-staged productions for teenagers and young adults with neurodiversity, and their neurotypical peers. Working with top-quality arts educators and NVA has partnered with Kids Act to develop fully-staged productions for teenagers and young adults with neurodiversity, and their neurotypical peers. Working with top-quality arts educators and designers, students will rehearse and develop fully-realized productions. Past performances have included adaptations of The Little Prince, The Great Smelly Slobbery Small-Tooth Dog, Stellaluna, and an original musical entitled Secret Superheroes.
Coming in 2021, NVA will host a variety of workshops, each focusing on a specific subject matter, from Shakespeare to Devised theatre, with the intent to give students an in-depth experience in a variety of theatre topics. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.
For more information about our Inclusive Education Programming, contact Joy Yvonne Jones