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"Access & Ability in the Arts" Symposium at South Bend Civic Theatre


The South Bend Civic Theatre is presenting a Symposium: "Access & Ability in the Arts." The event will be a combination of performance and panel discussion and will feature participants sharing their personal journeys and discussing the ways in which the arts (specifically theatre) can be more accessible to those who are blind, d/Deaf, non-neurotypical, as well as intellectually and/or developmentally disabled. The conversation will encourage audience input, will cover both arts patronage and participation, and will feature ASL interpretation.

The symposium is designed to prepare our community for the CIVIC's November production of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time", a thrilling new mystery featuring the adventures of Christopher Boone, a young man diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The symposium will include a rehearsal montage and short performance from this piece as well as scenes from both a deaf-integrated production of "Into the Woods" and a play focused on the importance of mental health.

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 7:30 p.m. EDT

South Bend Civic Theatre
Wilson Auditorium
403 North Main Street
South Bend, IN 46601

The stellar group of panelists will be:

  • Dr. Feranmi Okanlami: doctor, educator, disability advocate
  • Candus Griffin: educator, d/Deaf community advocate
  • Dr. Joshua Diehl: LOGAN Center Chief Program Officer for Child & Adolescent Services
  • Jeffrey Wallace: Choreographer/Fight Director, parent of a child with an ASD diagnosis
  • Wyatt Gautier: Young CIVIC volunteer with an ASD diagnosis
  • Leah Isabel Tirado: Chicago-based artist, mental health advocate
  • Natalie MacRae-Waggoner: Civic artist, special education educator, and event moderator

Tickets are $5. All proceeds will support the CIVIC's efforts to increase access to upcoming productions including ASL interpretation and sensory-friendly performances. 

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The event is sponsored by The Rafat And Zoreen Ansari Charitable Foundation.

IN*SOURCE is not affiliated with this event in any way and does not accept any responsibility or liability for the accuracy, content, completeness, legality, or reliability of the information contained in this announcement.  We are providing this information only as a service to parents of children with special needs in Indiana.