Center for Applied Drama & Autism/Theatre on the Spectrum

Center for Applied Drama & Autism/Theatre on the Spectrum 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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Next Stage Comedy Troupe's first show of the New Year is in ONE WEEK! Mark your calendars now!
01/21/2022
Next Stage Comedy Show

Next Stage Comedy Troupe's first show of the New Year is in ONE WEEK! Mark your calendars now!

In case you missed this week's episode of Along the Graveyard Path, do go to our YouTube channel and subscribe so you ca...
01/20/2022
Along the Graveyard Path Episode 11: From Poor House to State Institution

In case you missed this week's episode of Along the Graveyard Path, do go to our YouTube channel and subscribe so you can receive notifications when the next video is posted. In this week's episode, we look at a typical mid 20th century family who are told that the best solution for their disabled child is to lock them away in a state institution and forget they ever existed. https://youtu.be/gxlV0o56H2Y

EPISODE 11: In this episode, we look at the movement to push disabled people farther away from prime urban real estate. Poor Houses, such as the Akron Infi...

There are many ways to support us, and we're working on creating more accessible content all the time!
01/19/2022

There are many ways to support us, and we're working on creating more accessible content all the time!

There are many ways to support us, and we're working on creating more accessible content all the time!

The twentieth century brought about new horrors for people with disabilities. In this episode, a dramatic scene between ...
01/10/2022
Along The Graveyard Path, Episode 10: Eugenics in Ohio

The twentieth century brought about new horrors for people with disabilities. In this episode, a dramatic scene between a doctor and a father, featuring Laura and Jordan Euell.
https://youtu.be/5nRuHLSZXwY

EPISODE 10: Eugenics in Ohio. Attitudes and social understanding of disability in the 20th century reached their darkest nadir with the Eugenics movement. Us...

Seeking Proposals!  Milestones Autism Resources is a non-profit with the mission of improving the lives of autistic indi...
01/07/2022
2022 Milestones National Autism Conference | Milestones Autism Resources | June 15, 2022

Seeking Proposals! Milestones Autism Resources is a non-profit with the mission of improving the lives of autistic individuals by educating, coaching, and connecting the autism community with evidence-based information. The Milestones National Autism Conference has served as a proud convener of the entire autism community for the past two decades. Attended by professionals, parents, and autistic individuals, the conference targets a wide range of topics related to autism and addresses the needs of all ages, stages, and ability levels. We are currently seeking engaging, evidence-based proposal submissions for the 2022 Milestones National Autism Conference, to be held virtually June 15-16, 2022.

https://www.milestones.org/events/2022/06/15/2022-milestones-national-autism-conference/submit-a-proposal

The 2022 Call for Proposals is open!Now through January 15th Milestones is seeking engaging, evidence-based proposals for our 20th annual autism conference, taking place virtually June 15-16, 2022. Join us as we celebrate two decades of educating, coaching and connecting the local and national commu...

Act Two of Along the Graveyard Path begins today and runs through March. You won't want to miss this episode, covering f...
01/03/2022
Along the Graveyard Path, Episode Nine: Freak Shows

Act Two of Along the Graveyard Path begins today and runs through March. You won't want to miss this episode, covering freak shows and circus side shows -- career opportunities for disabled people or gross exploitation or a bit of both? This episode is based upon the graphic biography of Schlitzie, the Pinhead by Bill Griffith. With a grateful hat-tip to him for providing such a powerful source story. https://youtu.be/AF0YfZUZQRY

EPISODE 9: Freak Shows. Once again, disability takes to the stage, as we arrive at the beginning of the twentieth century. Circus side shows are exhibitions...

We've adjusted the Winter Session to ensure the best experience for our students. There is still time to sign up for our...
01/03/2022

We've adjusted the Winter Session to ensure the best experience for our students. There is still time to sign up for our Saturday classes, starting NEXT WEEKEND! Don't miss out! Sign up at the link in our bio.

We've adjusted the Winter Session to ensure the best experience for our students. There is still time to sign up for our...
01/03/2022

We've adjusted the Winter Session to ensure the best experience for our students. There is still time to sign up for our Saturday classes, starting NEXT WEEKEND! Don't miss out!

Sign up at:
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There's STILL TIME to sign up for winter classes, starting on Monday! New Year, new skills! ✨
12/31/2021

There's STILL TIME to sign up for winter classes, starting on Monday! New Year, new skills! ✨

Free virtual comedy show tomorrow, Thursday Dec 30 at 7:30 PM ET. Watch live streaming on YouTube or join our studio aud...
12/29/2021
Next Stage Comedy Troupe Dec promo

Free virtual comedy show tomorrow, Thursday Dec 30 at 7:30 PM ET. Watch live streaming on YouTube or join our studio audience. Link is in the description box under the video: https://youtu.be/TwP90SuoL1o

A virtual comedy show! Use the QR code at the end of the video to access the show! Next Stage Comedy TroupeThursday, Dec 30! 7:30 PM ETComedy show https:...

The Next Stage Comedy Troupe will be performing once a month now through May of 2022. Thanks to a grant from the Ohio Ar...
12/29/2021

The Next Stage Comedy Troupe will be performing once a month now through May of 2022. Thanks to a grant from the Ohio Arts Council, we are able to create this PAID opportunity for up and coming, disabled, and autistic performers. Under the direction of Ruben Ryan and assisted by John Lynch, the troupe rehearses twice weekly and prepares original shows that are presented free to the public!

Please use the QR code to access our Zoom Theatre. The shows start at 7:30 PM ET and we hope to see you there!

The Next Stage Comedy Troupe will be performing once a month now through May of 2022. Thanks to a grant from the Ohio Ar...
12/29/2021

The Next Stage Comedy Troupe will be performing once a month now through May of 2022. Thanks to a grant from the Ohio Arts Council, we are able to create this PAID opportunity for up and coming, disabled, and autistic performers. Under the direction of Ruben Ryan and assisted by John Lynch, the troupe rehearses twice weekly and prepares original shows that are presented free to the public!

Please use the QR below to access our Zoom Theatre. The shows start at 7:30 PM ET and we hope to see you there!

TOMORROW, join us for Next Stage Comedy Troupe's first monthly show before the New Year!
12/29/2021
Next Stage Comedy Troupe Dec promo

TOMORROW, join us for Next Stage Comedy Troupe's first monthly show before the New Year!

A virtual comedy show! Use the QR code at the end of the video to access the show! Next Stage Comedy TroupeThursday, Dec 30! 7:30 PM ETComedy show https:...

ALL DECEMBER LONG, Shelf Life, Up Front Art Space, and Loud & Clear Music School - Cuyahoga Falls, will be hosting a raf...
12/28/2021

ALL DECEMBER LONG, Shelf Life, Up Front Art Space, and Loud & Clear Music School - Cuyahoga Falls, will be hosting a raffle benefitting CADA! Embrace creative arts for the holidays as a valuable means of growth and development! 🌲

ALL DECEMBER LONG, Shelf Life, Up Front Art Space, and Loud & Clear Music School - Cuyahoga Falls, will be hosting a raf...
12/21/2021

ALL DECEMBER LONG, Shelf Life, Up Front Art Space, and Loud & Clear Music School - Cuyahoga Falls, will be hosting a raffle benefitting CADA! Embrace creative arts for the holidays as a valuable means of growth and development! 🌲

For now, Joe Newsense bids farewell. Who will die next year? Which of these beloved characters might turn out to be a co...
12/14/2021

For now, Joe Newsense bids farewell. Who will die next year? Which of these beloved characters might turn out to be a cold blooded killer? Only time will tell. #TheatreOnTheSpectrum

For now, Joe Newsense bids farewell. Who will die next year?  Which of these beloved characters might turn out to be a c...
12/14/2021

For now, Joe Newsense bids farewell. Who will die next year? Which of these beloved characters might turn out to be a cold blooded killer? Only time will tell. #TheatreOnTheSpectrum

ALL DECEMBER LONG, Shelf Life, Up Front Art Space, and Loud & Clear Music School - Cuyahoga Falls, will be hosting a raf...
12/14/2021

ALL DECEMBER LONG, Shelf Life, Up Front Art Space, and Loud & Clear Music School - Cuyahoga Falls, will be hosting a raffle benefitting CADA! Embrace creative arts for the holidays as a valuable means of growth and development! 🌲

In this episode of Along the Graveyard Path, our company imagines a crowd of folks at the Globe Theatre in Elizabethan E...
12/14/2021
Along the Graveyard Path: Episode 7 -- The Renaissance (Disability on Stage)

In this episode of Along the Graveyard Path, our company imagines a crowd of folks at the Globe Theatre in Elizabethan England, responding to a performance of Richard III (deformed, unfinished and sent before his time scarce half made up...)

https://youtu.be/pIZppR4BwbI

EPISODE Seven: The Renaissance. Would the rise of humanism as a philosophy bring about substantial changes to how societies cared for the disabled? As monas...

Overwhelming gratitude to all our sponsors and to EVERYONE who made "Murder at the Podcast: Another One Bites the Dust" ...
12/13/2021

Overwhelming gratitude to all our sponsors and to EVERYONE who made "Murder at the Podcast: Another One Bites the Dust" a success, including our behind-the-scenes staff and board! (Incidentally, if you are interested in becoming a board member in 2022, please reach out to [email protected]!) #theatreonthespectrum

Virtual roses for the cast and crew of our annual murder mystery!  You all did an amazing job, improvising a complicated...
12/13/2021

Virtual roses for the cast and crew of our annual murder mystery! You all did an amazing job, improvising a complicated story, and fooling everyone in the audience (except for one individual who guessed correctly)! We also wish to thank all our students and their families, our staff and our board members, and all our supporters for helping us achieve our goals! We love helping people develop theatre and life skills and we find joy in creating inclusive performance opportunities. Thank you all for an excellent 2021 and here's to new and exciting CADA projects in 2022!

Virtual roses for the cast and crew of our annual murder mystery! You all did an amazing job, improvising a complicated story, and fooling everyone in the audience (except for one individual who guessed correctly)! We also wish to thank all our students and their families, our staff and our board members, and all our supporters for helping us achieve our goals! We love helping people develop theatre and life skills and we find joy in creating inclusive performance opportunities. Thank you all for an excellent 2021 and here's to new and exciting CADA projects in 2022!

The death of influencer and podcast wife, Susan Newsense, was deemed an accident...but was it? Join us on a journey of a...
12/11/2021

The death of influencer and podcast wife, Susan Newsense, was deemed an accident...but was it? Join us on a journey of an ongoing feud between two podcasts to discover the truth and get some goat paste along the way (if you dare). 🐐

We cannot wait to share what these amazing people have been working on! Check out our story to learn all about them... and then buy a ticket for TONIGHT at the link in our bio.

The cast and crew of Joe Newsense: Murder at the Podcast Season 2 -- Another One Bites the Dust!
12/11/2021

The cast and crew of Joe Newsense: Murder at the Podcast Season 2 -- Another One Bites the Dust!

The cast and crew of Joe Newsense: Murder at the Podcast Season 2 -- Another One Bites the Dust!

THIS WEEKEND, "Murder at the Podcast: Another One Bites the Dust" premieres on Zoom at 7:30 PM ET. Answer burning questi...
12/09/2021

THIS WEEKEND, "Murder at the Podcast: Another One Bites the Dust" premieres on Zoom at 7:30 PM ET. Answer burning questions, solve the mystery, and eat pizza from Giovanni's to donate 20% back to CADA!

Buy tickets and become a sponsor at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/194116115527

THIS WEEKEND, "Murder at the Podcast: Another One Bites the Dust" premieres on Zoom at 7:30 PM ET. Answer burning questions, solve the mystery, and eat pizza from Giovanni's to donate 20% back to CADA!

Buy tickets and become a sponsor at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/194116115527

ALL DECEMBER LONG, Shelf Life, Up Front Art Space, and Loud & Clear Music School - Cuyahoga Falls, will be hosting a raf...
12/07/2021

ALL DECEMBER LONG, Shelf Life, Up Front Art Space, and Loud & Clear Music School - Cuyahoga Falls, will be hosting a raffle benefitting CADA! Embrace creative arts for the holidays as a valuable means of growth and development! 🌲

Help CADA earn 5% cash back from ACME Markets! Buy store brand products between now and Christmas, save your receipts, a...
12/06/2021

Help CADA earn 5% cash back from ACME Markets! Buy store brand products between now and Christmas, save your receipts, and send them to P.O. Box 2972, Akron OH 44309 or call 866-844-8327 to arrange a pick up. We appreciate your support!

Help CADA earn 5% cash back from ACME Markets! Buy store brand products between now and Christmas, save your receipts, and send them to P.O. Box 2972, Akron OH 44309 or call 866-844-8327 to arrange a pick up. We appreciate your support!

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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.

Telephone

(866) 844-8327

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Monthly Live-streaming Open Mic for disabled/autistic performers.
Original plays performed live in Zoom.
Online teacher training workshops for those interested in learning techniques for applied drama and autism/disability.
Online workshops for schools, universities and non-profits to learn online performance techniques.
Murder Mysteries designed for your event!
Improve with Improv sessions for businesses.

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Halloween in the Park has been rescheduled from today to Sat Nov 6 from 2-4 pm -- due to rain.
Join us for a special Halloween-Themed Last Friday Improv:
Fall classes begin next Monday and we only have a few slots left to fill. Sign up here:
Check out our fall theatre classes, inclusive, accessible and online! Class sizes are small by design. so register now!
We are pleased to announce that the play 'More than Meets the Eye' written by our playwriting group will be featured at the Center for Applied Drama & Autism/Theatre on the Spectrum's One-Act Play Festival starting tomorrow, August 13th -15th. The festival showcases the talent of playwrights and actors with disabilities. We are proud of our theater staff and playwrights Markia Carter, Vernita Paige, William Branch, Kathleen Archibald, Frank Ortiz, JR Trinidad, Carmen Santos, Angel Navarro, and Jeffrey Rodriguez! Join us at the virtual festival, and on Sunday, August 15th at 2 pm for a live talk with the playwrights and cast - https://bit.ly/2VvzUeK #virtualplayfestival
Akron is a city with many talented artists. If you enjoy community plays and theater shows, check out Gum-Dip Theatre, Center for Applied Drama & Autism/Theatre on the Spectrum, or Millennial Theatre Project. Grab some popcorn and enjoy one of the shows at one (or all) of these locations! 🍿
Broadway makes some essential changes:
Opens tomorrow!
Summer theatre is here! Shows are safely returning with some online, and others outdoors in-person! What are you going to see this weekend? See all the shows currently offered with ticket information and more at ClevelandStageAlliance.com/now-playing Opening this Week: MTC presents Disney's Descendants: The Musicals at Mercury Theatre Company An Enemy of the People at The Access Theatre Project Greenwood: An American Dream Destroyed at Karamu House The Journey at Center for Applied Drama & Autism/Theatre on the Spectrum A Killer Party - 2021 Virtual Summer Youth Production at Broadview Heights Spotlights A Killer Party at Geauga Center for the Arts Quilters at Porthouse Theatre She Was Only A Farmer's Daughter at Hudson Players Currently Running: The Kid from Kittlerumpit Pop-up Performances at Talespinner Children's Theatre Last Chance: Always...Patsy Cline at Rabbit Run Community Arts Association MTC presents Disney's Descendants: The Musicals at Mercury Theatre Company God of Carnage at Avenue Arts The Journey at Center for Applied Drama & Autism/Theatre on the Spectrum She Was Only A Farmer's Daughter at Hudson Players #CleveStage
Congratulations to Griffin Snider, who has two wonderful artworks on display in the online Milestones Art Exhibition Hall today and tomorrow! One is a collage of his eye! Very cool! And the other is a self-portrait of Griffin cooking in his kitchen, We know Griffin loves to cook as we have seen him in many an improvised scene involving restaurants and kitchens over the years! Below, Griffin is cooking sausages!
Thank you CADA for putting on my play! Looking forward to seeing it. Hope some of my Facebook friends will watch, too.