Exceptional Theatre Company
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Phone:          954-729-3555
Fax:              954-443-0602
Email:           stardom143@aol.com 
Web:             www.etcsouthflorida.org 

Services Available: Single Performance, Series


Description of Services

The program teaches and provides activities in dramatics for students with physical and developmental disabilities. The dramatic activities assist the participant in cognitive, social-emotional, physical (gross & fine motor skills), while providing them a variety of enriching activities which allows for self expression. The purpose is to educate the students on the meaning and understanding of being an actor, director, writer, and costumes, set design and how to apply this understanding toward life along with producing an end of the year performance. The participants are instructed on stage direction, improvisation, character development along with the techniques for developing a script and memorizing lines. The volunteers, mostly high school students earning service hours to graduate are instructed to work with the students to creating an environment of community involvement. The participant are informed of the fundamentals of following directions on stage by employing exercises to promote, verbal and memorization skill. The program teaches the understanding of character development and scene analyzing. Though its work, the program adversely affects independence, dignity and self-respect. The core of the program's work encourages the participant to play a role in the world by addressing life challenges while obtain a greater appreciation of theatre and the cultural community involvement.

To form a during school and after-school program to teach a theatre class for students ages 2 to 22 & up with special needs & for high school students volunteering for community service hours. The purpose of the class is to provide a safe environment during and after-school hours while providing beneficial dramatic activities for participants with disabilities. The goals are to assist the student in developing social and emotional skills. The course will teach stage direction, improvisation, character development along with the techniques for developing a script and learning lines. The students are taught the understanding of actors, directors, and how to apply this understanding toward producing an end of the year performance. The students will learn free thinking skills to solve stages situations, all which are essential not only in the theater but in life. The class will also instruct volunteers/shadow to work with the students to create an environment of inclusion (total integration).The participates consist of children, teens, adults and seniors with disabilities. Their families are encouraged to be involved. Many of the community volunteers are high school students throughout Broward County earning community service hours needed to graduate.

With the use of fun exercises, the class will teach a practical guide to enhance concentration, focus, movement, creativity and free thinking. Teaching the fundamentals of following directions on and off stage, warm-ups are used to promote motor, verbal and memorization skill. The lesson of improvisation teaches the student to act out life situation and problem-solving techniques to be use in everyday life. He or she is taught to express ideas, thoughts by the use of character development and scene analyzes. By developing an awareness of the theaters behind the scene operations, the student gains more knowledge and appreciation by enhancing the technical understanding of theater production. The high school volunteer/shadow is taught to be responsibility for the special needs student by being partners on stage.

The shadow is taught to interact with the students by participating in all the class exercises which in turns teaches the lesson of inclusion. Using the perimeters of the theater, the class teaches life experience to the student.

The Indicators of progress used to collect the data will relate to data obtained during exercises and survey/questionnaires. The instructor will make a chart for each student along with questionnaires/surveys that will be distributed to family members and care takers several times during the course. Please note that some of the students are in wheelchairs. The volunteers work together with these students to get them to their place. Some can point; others can speak where they stand. For the ones that cannot do either we look for acknowledgement i.e. a smile

The following is an indicator for the progress made during class:

  • Educational goals with cognitive, behavioral, and/or affective outcomes
  • Methods appropriate for achieving the stated outcomes
  • Measurable indicators of progress that are aligned with the stated outcomes
  • Methods to be used to collect the data related to the indicators of progress and the final outcomes

*An example of a survey is the following. The survey will have questions targeting the special needs population and the effect. 

The survey is as follows:

  1. How do you see this class as an important program in our community?
  2. What effects/changes have you noticed in your son/daughter/relative?
  3. How do you feel this program promotes inclusion (positive nitration) in the community?
  4. What special services/strategies in this program do you find unique and successful?
  5. What issues/concerns do you feel need greater attention in order for this class to become a more effective program?
  6. Do you think this class has played a significant role in your child's participation in the cultural community?

The teacher uses the method of and charts to collect the data for the final outcome. The instructor will assess the progress of each actor by using certain exercises and record it on the chart. The progress will be noted by the teacher with the use of a stopwatch and a timetable chart calculating the minutes it took to complete the task. The measurable outcome is also the teacher's observation that the actual performance can be achieved. Instructors will evaluate each student 4 times during the 8 week session and chart the performance attained by the student. NOTE: Some of the students are in wheelchairs. 


Grade Level:


Number of Participants:

Min. 10 - Max. 20


Up to 40 classes at 1-4 hours per class over up to 40 weeks 


Bilingual; All - such as physically impaired, intellectually disabled, autism spectrum disorder; All emotional disabilities; juvenile justice, at risk, seniors, shelter based, community-based, school-based, public housing, afterschool, summer. 


TH.A.1.1, TH.A.1.4, TH.B.1.1 


$335 per participant for 40 weeks / $65 per participant for 8 weeks + $10 once a year supply fee / $50-$75 per hour for an onsite class.
CSC: $30 per hour for aftercare programs, depending on number of actors.



Contact: Phone:          954-729-3555
Fax:             954-443-0602
Email:           stardom143@aol.com 
Web:            www.etcsouthflorida.org 


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