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’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 firstname.lastname@example.org.