Volume 3 | Issue 2, March, 2019
CADA News and information!
Clowning Around --
A clown show for all ages!
Be sure to check out our adult company's new show, Clowning Around! Last fall, traveling commedia/clowning expert, Gale McNeeley, stopped by our studio for an afternoon clowning workshop. Our company members really loved this work and so we decided to create our very own clown show!

We researched clown history and experimented with different styles of clowning. The result is a one hour show filled with original clown sketches plus some scenes inspired by Shakespeare, Samuel Beckett and the greatest rock and roll band to come out of the UK, the Kinks!

We have two evening shows on Fridays at 7 pm, scheduled for March 22 and 29 for those who can't catch our day time performances. Please call to make reservations as our space is very limited: 234-678-7830.

Theatre on the Spectrum Day Theatre Program for adults is a partnership between the Center for Applied Autism and Ardmore Inc.

Presented by Theatre on the Spectrum Adult Company

March 20, 21 at noon
March 22 —7 pm
March 25, 27, 28 at 1 PM
March 29 at 7 PM

At the Blue Box Studio
1501 S Hawkins Ave
Akron, OH 44320
Call 234-678-7830 for info and reservations
Suggested ticket donation - $3.00
Register Now for Spring Youth Classes!
Above: Members of All the World's a Stage class developed a performance based upon an African American fable This class is for students ages 8 - 13. It incorporates masks, puppets, and use of props and costumes to create stories that enhance collaboration and other social skills.

There's still time to register for Spring Session beginning Saturday, March 23 and running through May 25. New students and their parents/guardians are invited to observe a class before signing up! Call us at 234-678-7830 to register or go to our website .
Community and Advocacy!
Above: JT "Styles" Toomer, Samir Hammoud, Scott Hudson and Ruben Ryan demonstrate improvisation games for attendees at the All Abilities Arts Expo on March 8.

Members from Theatre on the Spectrum's adult company recently participated in the Art Speaks All-abilities Arts Expo held at The Church in the Falls. Organized by Alicia M Hopkins, these series of events showcase the incredible talents of people with disabilities. We were particularly impressed by the displays of art created by students not yet in high school! We hope Alicia continues to host more Art Speaks events and that other communities are inspired to hold their own all-abilities arts events.


Below: Company member JT Styles and assistant program director Ruben Ryan initiate an improv based upon physical positions. All of our improv games and exercises are inclusive and adaptable for all abilities.
Applied Drama for Autism
Teacher Training Workshops
Above: Debora Totti acts the part of the wolf in the Fable "Four Friends!"


Teacher training workshops series continues at CADA!

The Center for Applied Drama and Autism held the second in a series of workshops for teachers and teaching artists on March 16. We were pleased to be joined by volunteer students who take our Saturday drama classes. These students participated in a simulated class session, allowing our teachers in training to lead exercises and experience working with students on the spectrum. They were all very happy to assist us in providing drama techniques for classroom teachers to utilize during the school day.


CADA will continue to offer teacher training sessions on a quarterly basis. These workshops are taught by co-founders Laura Valendza and Wendy S Duke. The workshops will cover methods and techniques for working with youth and adults on the autism spectrum and other special needs populations. The workshops will take place at CADA’s studio located at 1501 S Hawkins Ave. Each 6-hour workshop focuses on a specific topic:

Coming up:

June 22, 2019: Improv for Autism/Special Needs
Sept 7, 2019: Emotion games/exercises for self-advocacy and dealing with bullying

The six hour workshops are held on Saturdays. CEUS available on request.

Cost of workshops: 6 hours @$150 each. Scholarships available for persons interested in joining CADA as teaching staff. Contact us at 234-678-7830 or by email at info@centerforada.org to enroll and/or for further information.

Laura Valendza is an intervention specialist and a professional actor. Wendy Duke is a drama and autism specialist who is program director for Theatre on the Spectrum, a day theatre program for adults with special needs. Duke and Valendza have presented drama and autism workshops at Milestones National Autism Conferences, Very Special Arts Intersections conferences, National Autism Society and Greater Akron Autism Society.

Below: Dan from Toledo, leads the group in a game called "Flock of Seagulls."
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Autism Society of Greater Akron's Signature Event to Undergo Changes

Join us on Saturday, June 15 for the newly redesigned Autism Society of Greater Akron event, now called "Step Into Autism." The organization is going to drop the 5K race and put more focus on family-friendly activities such as the Fun Walk and community resource info tables. We will be there at one of those tables -- come meet us and find out more of what we do here at the Center For Applied Drama and Autism/Theatre on the Spectrum. For more information and to sign up for the Walk, click HERE!
Milestones National Autism Conference
Exciting news: Michelle Garcia Winner, Founder & CEO Social Thinking, M.A., CCC-SLP, will be a keynote speaker at this year's Milestones Conference! We at CADA have employed some of her strategies and techniques in our applied drama classes.

MIchelle Garcia Winner will be speaking on Tuesday, June 11.
She is the founder of Social Thinking®, a methodology which specializes in developing treatment frameworks and practical strategies for individuals with social communication challenges. She continues to be clinically active, has authored numerous books/articles, and speaks routinely in the US and abroad. Her work challenges professionals and parents to understand the critical relationship between social thinking/social skills and the impact on academic, vocational and community success. She was featured as a Social Thinking therapist and Speech/Language Pathologist in the 2016 Sundance Premiere Documentary;  Life, Animated . She was honored with a Congressional Special Recognition Award in 2008.

For more information and to register for the conference, click HERE!
CADA Calendar

Clowning Around -- March 18 - 29

Spring 2019 session: March 23 -- May 25

June 1st -- look for us at Summit Stage Fest!

Teacher Training 6 hour Workshop: June 22

Summer 2019 Session: June 29 -- August 31

Teacher Training 6 hour Workshop: Sept 7

Fall 2019 Session: Sept 14 -- Nov 16
Center for Applied Drama & Autism | 1501 S Hawkins Ave, Akron 44320 | 234-678-7830 | info@centerforada.org | centerforada.org

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