Trinity Rep’s Active Imagination Network
In partnership with a variety of service organizations throughout Rhode Island, we offer engaging and high-spirited curriculum, which includes acting and improvisation, in order to give children and adults with autism, cognitive, and psychiatric disabilities the tools they need to learn, communicate, and build self-esteem.
TRAIN is currently rehearsing an original short play The BFGs based on the book by Roald Dahl adapted and directed by Stephanie Risch because who doesn’t want more BFGs? The performance is on June 4 at 7:00 pm on the Trinity Rep stage. It’s free and open to the public.
TRAIN’s curriculum is designed to:
- Instill pragmatic skills such as initiating and maintaining conversations, building long-term friendships, problem solving, and conflict resolution
- Enhance coping skills, such as goal setting and relaxation techniques
- Increase non-verbal skills, including reading facial expressions and body language, defining personal space, and learning eye contact
- Raise students’ self-esteem by encouraging and rewarding autonomy, public speaking, and a willingness to take positive risks
- Give teachers and therapists the skills necessary to incorporate the arts into their classes and sessions on a permanent basis
Through TRAIN, we currently work with the following Rhode Island institutions that serve children on the autism spectrum or who suffer from chronic illness:
To find out how you can bring drama into your classroom or sign up for TRAIN classes near you, contact Director of Education Jordan Butterfield at email@example.com.