Theatre Free For All


What in the world is Theatre Free for All?

Theatre Free for All is a FREE drop-in theatre program for kids aged 8-18 who have disabilities or special needs, AND for their typically developing peers. It offers an opportunity to experience theatre, meet other kids interested in theatre, and interact with staff ahead of our full production in the fall with The Penguin Project.

Do I have to drop my kid off?

No, you do NOT have to leave your child if you're not comfortable! You can stay in the room and participate, watch from the sidelines, relax in our nearby parent’s area, or leave for some quiet time. The program is free and accommodating to all.

My child tires easily and/or we’re very busy! What’s the time commitment?

Our sessions are intentionally short to accommodate those who get overwhelmed easily and to suit the schedules of busy kids with various developmental styles. Each class in the spring is self-contained, requiring no ongoing commitment, though an RSVP is preferred.

Who leads the sessions?

Our program director is Ashley Puckett Gonzales, who boasts over 25 years of experience teaching acting and voice in DFW and NYC, and is also a parent to a child with ASD. Ashley, along with other theatre professionals from DFW and NYC, will be present at each class, sharing their passion for theatre with the kids.


IMPORTANT DATES:

  • 3/23/24: Intro to Theatre Class, 10am-12pm
  • 4/27/24: Intro to Musical Theatre Choreography, 10am-12pm (lunch), 1pm-2pm - Special Guest from NYC - presentation for parents at end of day!
  • 5/18/24: Make a Play - presentation for parents at end of day, 10am-12pm (lunch), 1pm-2pm
  • 6/8/24: Broadway karaoke with family & friends, 11am-1pm

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

3/23/24: Intro to Theatre Class

10am-12pm

New to theatre? Always been curious about how shows come together? Come learn the basics of theatre-making. We’ll play theatre games and learn basic terms and techniques to help make you a successful artist.

4/27/24: Intro to Musical Theatre Choreography

10am-12pm, 1pm-2pm

Join NYC Director/Choreographer Antoinette DiPietropolo (Cher Show, Fame, Annie, Masterchef Live, and many more) as we learn the must-knows of musical theatre choreography. All levels are welcome. We will learn choreography for a song and present for family and friends at the end of the day. Lunch from 12-1pm.

5/18/24: Author, Author!!

10am-12pm, 1pm-2pm

Presentation for parents at end of day! Come be your favorite character as we write and perform an original short play starring YOU! You can be your favorite superhero, a cuddly animal, or even a sour pickle! Your imagination is the limit as we work together to create an original theatrical piece (No memorization required!). Lunch from 12-1pm.

6/8/24: Broadway karaoke with family & friends

Calling all moms, dads, kids, grandparents, heck, calling everyone! Come show off those pipes as we belt out our favorite show tunes on the Terry Martin Mainstage! HOST TBD.