The Starcatchers program is designed specifically for children and adults with special needs. In this program, students are given opportunities to shine through drama, music, dance, and visual art. These opportunities range from large theatre productions to intimate art classes and further the development of social, communication, motor, and cognitive skills.
Not only can a student’s involvement in the arts strongly impact these areas of his or her life, but it can also have an impact on the community. What makes the Starcatchers program unique is not just the work with children and adults with special needs, but its relational approach to the work. Each student is paired with a trained intern, who assists their development through rehearsals and shadows them during performances. In addition to fostering personal confidence and creativity, the Starcatchers work to foster collective compassion and empathy. There are no disabilities in making art.
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Each student may only receive a 30% discount for one production, class or camp. This discount is only available for a student’s first production, class or camp and can not be retroactively applied. This discount can not be combined with any other promotion or discount. Offer expires 8/31/20.
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“Hear Our Voices!”
The NTPA – Starcatchers are excited to launch their fundraising campaign, “Hear Our Voices,” for a portable sound system. This system will be used during off-site performances, incorporated as extra microphones to current on-site systems that are limited, and allow for our performers to practice with microphone headsets during non-tech rehearsals.
This is crucial to our Starcatchers that physically cannot vocally project or enunciate, mentally need to hear themselves through speakers, and sensorially need to adjust to the headsets weight and texture. We are growing exponentially, not only in numbers, but in our range of sensory, mental, and emotional needs we strive to meet. To truly be a therapeutic arts experience, our performers individual needs must be addressed so that they have the capacity to direct their effort outwards as a part of a collective cast and contributing members of the community.
Thank you for your support of the NTPA – Starcatchers in our campaign for all ears to “Hear our Voices.”
Starcatchers students are children and adults with a variety of developmental, intellectual, emotional, or mental disabilities or disorders. However, art allows us to look beyond those labels. In this program, students get to create and grow as individuals, with their peers, and in a safe, non-threatening environment. The experience of creating and performing art in this setting allows for Starcatchers students to feel accepted and to be seen in a positive perspective.
Performance Partners are teens and adults with a passion for special needs and a love for the arts. Unlike the standard NTPA intern program, this program provides a unique opportunity to learn the skills and develop the characteristics needed to work with individuals with special needs. Each Partner is paired with a student for the duration of the production. Learning and performing scripts, music, and choreography fosters theatre skills and confidence, but assisting a student through that same process fosters additional compassion, empathy, and patience. The experience of creating and performing art in this setting allows for Performance Partners to develop their interpersonal and leadership skills.
Interested in applying to be an intern? Download the Starcatcher Performance Partner Form.