Volume 2 | Issue 3, May/June - 2018
CADA News and information!
A Day of Free Theatre for All!
June 2nd at Highland Square!

Summit Stage Fest : Theatre companies from Summit County join together to give the public free performances at Highland Square! Theatre on the Spectrum performs on the Blackfriars Stage at 2 pm and 3 pm. Our Adult and Youth companies will present previews of our latest work! Look for our Theatre on the Spectrum booth for info about upcoming classes and events. Hope to see you at the Square!

Theatre on the Spectrum presents
"There's No Business Like Show Business!"
Theatre on the Spectrum’s Adult Company presents “There’s No Business Like Show Business” — a fun-filled cabaret-style show with songs, comedy and monologues for a two week run June 18 - 29 at our Blue Box Studio, in the New Seasons Plaza at 1501 S Hawkins Ave, Akron 44320. 

Performance times and dates are:

Monday June 18 at 1 PM — Sold Out!
Tuesday, June 19 at Noon
Thursday, June 21 at 7 PM
Friday, June 22 at 7 PM
Monday, June 25 at 1 PM
Tuesday, June 26 at Noon
Thursday, June 28 at 7 PM
Friday, June 29 at 7 PM

Tickets are Pay What You Can! 

Seating is limited. To make reservations please call 234-678-7830. Leave your name, date of performance, number of tickets and your phone number to make reservations.
Join Us for Summer Drop-In Classes
Summer Drop-In drama classes on Saturdays throughout the summer. No need to register. Just drop by for an all ages class from 10 - 11 AM. We'll be working with improv, masks, and favorite theatre games. All classes are $25. Dates for summer drop in classes are:

June 9, 23, 30
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 25

Contact us via email at info@centerforada.org or by phone at
234-678-7830 if you have questions.
Theatre on the Spectrum’s director, Wendy Duke and company member Samir Hammoud will be presenting a workshop at Milestones National Autism Conference at the IX center in Cleveland on Friday, June 15. Their topic is “Improvisation for Social Development -- Listicles as Scene Starters for Transitioning Youth and Young Adults.” Duke and Hammoud will engage their audience in interactive improvisation situations based upon social skills essential for success in school and the workplace. They are honored to be featured presenters during the Professionals Luncheon at noon on Friday.

Photo: Wendy and Samir performing improv at the 2017 Summit Stage Fest.
Meet Ruben Ryan!

Ruben will be our new Assistant Program Director for Theatre on the Spectrum Adult Day Theatre Company starting this June. Ruben is a graduate of Kent State University in Theatre Arts.In college he was co-founder and president of Portage County Players, an improv group. He Has been a professional improv artist since 2002. He has worked with such groups as Something Dada, Point of No Return and Just Go With It. He also does stand-up comedy locally and has appeared at the Grizzly Pear in NYC and the Laugh Factory in Chicago. Ruben is an all round theatre person, who has tech experience in sound and lighting. He has worked with people of all ages including the New World Children's Theatre in Kent. He has been teaching Saturday improv classes for CADA for the past year! Welcome aboard, Ruben!

Photo Credit: John R Aylward Photography www.jray
JT "Styles" Toomer -- Theatre on the Spectrum Company Member and Disability Rights Activist
JT "Styles" Toomer is an advocate for disability rights. He participated in On the Table Akron's lunch at Theatre on the Spectrum last fall. He was very interested in the survey results compiled by the event's sponsor, the Akron Community Foundation . We attended the results announcement at the J S Knight Center where JT discussed advocacy with audience members.

We were thrilled to find JT's photo (in bottom left corner) on The Signal, ACF's quarterly news magazine! JT will help us host another On the Table Akron this fall as we continue to explore ways to make our community more inclusive and accessible.
Center for Applied Drama & Autism | 1501 S Hawkins Ave, Akron 44320 | 234-678-7830 | info@centerforada.org | centerforada.org
Applied Drama and Autism Teacher Training Workshop --
August 4 & 5
A 12 hour intensive training session for teachers who would like to incorporate applied drama techniques to help their students develop communication and social skills, collaboration and creativity. !0 am to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday. Taught by Laura Valendza and Wendy Duke, co-founders of the Center for Applied Drama and Autism. Participants will observe a drama class and a youth company rehearsal and will be given hands-on exploration of useful drama techniques such as improvisation and mask work. For teachers of all ages and subjects. Drama in the classroom is a proven immersive method of learning for youth and adults of all abilities. This workshop will focus on working with those on the autism spectrum. Workshop fee: $300. To register: email info@centerforada.org or call 234-678-7830.

Theatre on the Spectrum is CADA's performance wing. Our youth company rehearses on Saturdays. The adult company operates Monday through Friday from 10:30 am - 3:30 pm as a day theatre program for people on the spectrum of abilities, in collaboration with Ardmore, Inc.

For further information, please visit us at centerforada.org