Center for Applied Drama & Autism

Center for Applied Drama & Autism Empowering people with autism to navigate the world through drama! CADA is a non-profit organization for people on the spectrum, providing programming for ages 8 and up, operating under the fiduciary sponsorship of The Center for Applied Theatre and Active Culture in Akron, OH.
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For more information on this diverse approach to embracing new ideas and building confidence through the arts, check out...
09/02/2020

For more information on this diverse approach to embracing new ideas and building confidence through the arts, check out our September newsletter: https://conta.cc/3blLay3

09/01/2020
PBS Western Reserve

Tonight on Western Reserve PBS at 8 pm, Theatre on the Spectrum makes its television debut in The Forgotten Dead, a documentary by Josh Gippins! We thank him for this incredible opportunity!

The local production THE FORGOTTEN DEAD sheds light on the history of marginalized Summit County residents. It premieres Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 8 PM. For additional air dates, visit pbswesternreserve.org/schedule.

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08/30/2020

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Post-show Talk-Back with our audience!
08/24/2020

Post-show Talk-Back with our audience!

Thanks to everybody who attended our first online live theatre production over the weekend.  If you missed it, here are ...
08/24/2020

Thanks to everybody who attended our first online live theatre production over the weekend. If you missed it, here are some photos

Enjoy some pics from Mario's New Friend, which we performed live on Zoom this past weekend. Sorry if you missed it -- like most live theatre, it will not be available online. Stay tuned to this channel for announcements of upcoming productions! And thanks to all of you who turned out for Mario's New Friend -- it was an exhilarating night for all of us!

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08/24/2020

Center for Applied Drama & Autism's cover photo

Theatre on the Spectrum moved online immediately and we intend to stay that way. We will not subject our actors, product...
08/22/2020
Ohio Releases Guidelines For Performing Arts To Reopen

Theatre on the Spectrum moved online immediately and we intend to stay that way. We will not subject our actors, production team and audiences to the risks involved. You have one more chance to see our first virtual live production Saturday night at 7:30 pm EDT. Affordable pay what you can tickets at Eventbrite. Search for Mario's New Friend to find out just how entertaining online theatre can be!

The state has released a reopening plan for the performing arts which takes into account the many variables that come with live theater and music, such as

We are so grateful to the #GARFoundation for stepping up and providing the necessary funding to complete our #KnightFoun...
08/19/2020
GAR Foundation

We are so grateful to the #GARFoundation for stepping up and providing the necessary funding to complete our #KnightFoundationAkronArtsChallenge project!

GAR Foundation awarded $928,000 in grants to Akron nonprofit organizations this month. This round of funding included matching grants for 10 Knight Arts Challenge projects. Join us in congratulating these nonprofits and projects!

Akron Civic Theatre
Akron Soul Train
Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
Amber Kempthorn (https://www.amberdkempthorn.com/knightfdnaward)
Akron Symphony Orchestra
Art Bomb Brigade
Curated Storefront
Center for Applied Drama & Autism
New World Performance Laboratory
Child Guidance & Family Solutions
Downtown Akron Partnership
FrontArt
Gum-Dip Theatre
Haven of Rest Ministries Akron,OH
International Institute of Akron
Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance
Les Délices
LINKS Community & Family Services
The Nightlight
None Too Fragile Theatre
Open Tone Music
Roots Of American Music
Rubber City Theatre
The University of Akron for Synapse: Art (http://synapseartscience.com/)
Urban Vision
Weathervane Playhouse

https://garfoundation.org/news-updates/news-release/2020/08/akron-nonprofit-organizations-and-knight-arts-challenge-winners-receive-grants-from-gar-foundation/

We are very excited to read about our friend Francine Parr's new project responding to racism.  Read about it at the lin...
08/19/2020
Theater artists respond to racism in Akron with 'Say It Loud'

We are very excited to read about our friend Francine Parr's new project responding to racism. Read about it at the link below. And while you are at it, read a bit further in Kerry Clawson's entertainment column and you'll come across some information about our own Samir Hammoud, CADA's resident playwright and author of "Mario's New Friend."

When artist Francine Parr saw a video of her theater friend Jamal Singleton at a protest in downtown Akron in late May begging riot gear-clad police

"We have dug up some dark, disturbing secrets from our past, but the actors from Theatre on the Spectrum are sure to fil...
08/15/2020
Documentary telling the ‘disturbing secrets’ beneath Akron’s Schneider Park to air on PBS Western Reserve next month

"We have dug up some dark, disturbing secrets from our past, but the actors from Theatre on the Spectrum are sure to fill your heart with light and hope.” -- Film maker, Josh Gippin:

Bodies buried nearly a century ago in unmarked graves beneath what is now Akron’s Schneider Park are the subject of a new documentary that is scheduled to air on PBS stations starting next month.

Congratulations to our teachers upon completing a week of training with CADA's founders and faculty!  We had a marvelous...
08/15/2020

Congratulations to our teachers upon completing a week of training with CADA's founders and faculty! We had a marvelous time working with such a wonderful diverse group of passionate artists from around the world!

Day two of CADA's Online Teacher Training Workshop:  exploring relationships within our movie frames.
08/12/2020

Day two of CADA's Online Teacher Training Workshop: exploring relationships within our movie frames.

Our teacher training workshop is now full --we will be holding more trainings on a quarterly basis.  Please sign up for ...
08/08/2020

Our teacher training workshop is now full --we will be holding more trainings on a quarterly basis. Please sign up for our newsletter by emailing us at [email protected] -- thanks to all who signed up!

Join us for our monthly Open Mic on Monday, August 10 at 1 PM EDT. We will be live-streaming on FB. If you are a perform...
08/05/2020

Join us for our monthly Open Mic on Monday, August 10 at 1 PM EDT. We will be live-streaming on FB. If you are a performer with disabilities, contact us at [email protected] and we will sign you up!

We are now officially at maximum enrollment for this training workshop. We will do this again over winter break.  Please...
08/04/2020

We are now officially at maximum enrollment for this training workshop. We will do this again over winter break. Please contact us at [email protected] to be put on our mailing list.

A Logo Change on Behalf of NeurodiversityWe have upgraded our logo to represent current thinking regarding the use of pu...
08/02/2020

A Logo Change on Behalf of Neurodiversity

We have upgraded our logo to represent current thinking regarding the use of puzzle pieces to represent autism. A spirited and respectful debate took place on one of our social media posts: "Please rethink your symbol. The puzzle piece is directly tied to hate so we prefer the infinity symbol. Also, the majority of us prefer to be called autistics and would be very grateful if you took the time to hear us out. ❤"

We were grateful that some defended our logo as not representing hate, but we do understand that many autistics feel denigrated by being compared to a puzzle piece. After listening to your voices and investigating a scientific study on the issue, we have resolved to eliminate the puzzle piece theatre masks as our logo and will use our rainbow infinity butterfly as the symbol for The Center for Applied Drama and Autism as well as for our production wing, Theatre on the Spectrum. The rainbow infinity symbol represents neurodiversity. Our theatre work is based upon the celebration of diversity and inclusion. It is our goal to nourish and engage creativity in all who join us to take classes and make theatre together!

Center for Applied Drama & Autism
08/01/2020

Center for Applied Drama & Autism

Center for Applied Drama & Autism
08/01/2020

Center for Applied Drama & Autism

07/26/2020
ADA 30 years

On this day, the Americans With Disabilities Act was signed into law 30 years ago. A battle was won, but there is still plenty of work to be done! #ArdmoreInc

Celebrating 30 years of the Americans With Disabilities Act

Celebrate the 30 year signing of the ADA on FB and Youtube this Thursday! This event is free and features our dear frien...
07/21/2020
ADA30 Lead On

Celebrate the 30 year signing of the ADA on FB and Youtube this Thursday! This event is free and features our dear friend, Jeffrey Moyer singing the ADA Anthem!

Celebration of Disability Art, Culture, Education & Pride

07/18/2020
Puppet Palooza 2020

Final showcase from Puppet Palooza! Only one more camp to go this summer -- sign up for Super Heroes and Sidekicks. Starts Monday.

CADA's Puppet Palooza Online Summer Camp Showcase! Featuring original puppets created by camp participants. July 13-17.

Puppet Palooza camp ends today with our puppet showcase. We all made puppets — these were made by Wendy. #puppets #CADA
07/17/2020

Puppet Palooza camp ends today with our puppet showcase. We all made puppets — these were made by Wendy. #puppets #CADA

Tomorrow at 1 PM, streaming live on FB!
07/12/2020

Tomorrow at 1 PM, streaming live on FB!

Don't forget to participate and attend our monthly Open Mic for performers with disabilities! Tomorrow at 1 pm we will be live streaming on FB!

Address

P.O. Box #2972
Akron, OH
44309

General information

Laura Valendza and Wendy S Duke have worked together over the past 8 years developing applied drama programs for students on the autism spectrum. CADA is the outcome of that work and a new beginning for us as we expand our offerings to include transition programming and the formation of a theatre company called Theatre on the Spectrum.

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I am learning so much in the Teacher Training Workshop! Thank you!
We got to give a presentation about CADA today, and it was such a pleasure to be able to share with future teachers/counsellors what amazing things you guys are doing!
Shared on our page. Thought you'd like re "Wearing a mask"...
I ran across this improv show and thought some of you might be interested in attending. One night only!
We are ready to start our summer programming!