Theatre Arts


Teen in a wheelchair throws a ball in a group gameAccess to Theatre is an award-winning inclusive theatre program for teens and young adults. Its purpose is to develop communication, artistic, and leadership skills, and lasting professional and personal friendships. It is held on an ongoing basis throughout the year, as an after-school program and as a full-time Summer Institute.

Access to Theatre participants explore all aspects of theatre over the course of their involvement: acting, directing, improvisation, choreography, music, costumes, props, set design, and more. In addition, Summer Institute participants create an entirely original show, where participants develop everything from the dialogue to the sets.

Guest artists from the community help youth participants throughout the program, serving as group leaders and mentors. Participants also meet in both large and small groups with the artistic director throughout the year, in order to receive more personal guidance and support.

Access to Theatre collaborators include VSA Massachusetts: The State Organization on Arts and Disability, the Boston Center for the Arts, and ATT co-founder Until Tomorrow Productions. ATT is also supported in part by awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council YouthReach Program, and the Boston Cultural Council (a local agency that is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council). These organizations are leaders in the arts and human service communities.

After-School Program Requirements

Must have a disability
Must be between 14 and 22 years old
Must be able to attend Sunday afternoon rehearsals and performances at the Massachusetts Hospital School in  Canton, Mass.

Summer Institute Requirements

Open to youth both with and without disabilities
Must be between 14 and 22 years old
Over the course of 2-3 weeks, must be able to attend daily rehearsals at the Boston Center for the Arts
Youth Application

"ATT really lets you - no, MAKES you - get right in there, in the process, and 'get your hands dirty' so to speak. It has taught me innumerable lessons in patience, cooperation, teamwork, leadership, and compassion. It's just one of those moments that make you realize that you do have an effect on your surroundings, and you can make a difference." ~Youth participant