‘Theatre For All’ gives everyone access to the arts
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — “Theatre For All” started as an outreach program at Laney High School five years ago, but now the non-profit is being recognized for their commitment to support performers with disabilities.
The Disability Resource Center awarded “Theatre For All” with the ‘Impact Award.’
Executive Director Kim Henry says theater is a positive influence for social change and social justice and a great place for those who are naturally out of the box thinkers.
Henry says this company has exposes individuals with disabilities to new skills.
“Just yesterday, I was in Ashley High School and I took in this melodic drum… and we do this simple exercise where people are just mirroring each other to the music of this drum,” said Henry. “I was told when I first went in that [the students] would never participate, the student won’t be able to be apart of this class and, suddenly, there they are making music, connecting with their peers, moving their bodies, listening and that’s just one example.”
All the company shows are original and unique; drawing from cultural references and familiar themes.
“This is one of the greatest things to ever come to, to watch and enjoy and be actresses, dancers and everything that else you want to be,” said Saquoia Goodwin, a Theatre For All actress. “This is like a dream come true to me because Ms. Kim has kept me here before. I have been here every Saturday.”
‘Theatre For All’ has two official companies of 12 actors who perform about twice a year.
The next big performance is scheduled for June 12 and 13.
If you would like to support the organization, visit their website here for more information.