Access to Theater is an award-winning inclusive theater 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 over the summer as a two-week theater camp, and throughout the year as a weekend program.
The main focus of the program is performing arts exploration and experimentation. Access to Theater participants explore all aspects of theater over the course of their involvement: acting, directing, improvisation, choreography, music, costumes, set design, and more. In addition, Summer Institute participants create an entirely original show, where participants develop everything from the dialogue to the sets.
Access to Theater collaborators include VSA Massachusetts: The State Organization on Arts and Disability, the Boston Center for the Arts, and co-founder Until Tomorrow Productions. The program 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.
Theater Arts Program Requirements:
- Open to youth both with and without disabilities
- Must be between 14 and 22 years old
- Summer Institute: Over the course of 2-3 weeks, must be able to attend daily rehearsals at the Boston Center for the Arts