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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Want to know how to support Starcatchers during COVID Recovery?
Look no further! You can now support NTPA – Starcatchers AND watch your favorite Starcatchers performer on the small screen at the same time!
Our Starcatchers are currently participating in camps, classes, and, even productions, virtually. We know that now more than ever, individuals with disabilities need a place where they can continue to learn, grow, and feel connected.
The great news is that with virtual programing, family and friends can now watch the Starcatchers perform from anywhere in the world!
Make a donation to Starcatchers On-Screen of $20 or more and receive a link to view your choice of any of our recent original productions! Or better yet…support the Starcatchers with a Full Access Pass for just $100! You will receive links to ALL of our recent productions PLUS links to each new production that is added over the coming year!
Thank you for your support! Your donation supports quality performing arts education and therapeutic theatrical experiences to young people and adults with disabilities during this difficult financial time.
Classes and camps are a great way to try out a Starcatchers program! These programs are shorter than our theatre productions and focus on an individual topic or skill. Check out our upcoming classes and camps by clicking the button below!
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.