Thursday, January 17, 2013

plai theatre: Lend a Hand

When you have a child with special needs, it's tough to find affordable recreational programs. And for some special needs children, inclusion is difficult because they are often the exception. So when I heard about plai theatre (a non profit arts service organization), I was eager to learn more. We attended a workshop back in October and while The Boy had some challenges being in a new environment, the staff was patient and attentive. And what I really appreciated was the schedule they made to help the kids along. 

So when Helena Judd reached out and asked me if I was interested in being a member of the board - I immediately said yes because plai theatre was something I wanted to be part of. And I'm excited to share with you.   

plai stands for Performers Linked by Able Imaginations.  In this time of senseless violence, let's enable ourselves to create, rather than destroy, for in the act of artistic creation, a person is whole and sane.  plai theatre has a staff of professional artists, educators, and creative arts therapists to empower people who are developmentally, and/or cognitively, and/or physically challenged, by turning them on to their own creative gifts. plai theatre has already held some fun and tranformative workshops for children and for teens, and now  we're ready for more programming in 2013.
  • The Adult Ensemble, unlike any other in New York City, provides performance opportunities and socialization time for adults with special needs.  Will you help support that program?
  • Our Adolescent Ensemble will be bringing after school and weekend programming for adolescents between 13 - 24 with special needs a safe and welcoming place to socialize, use their imagination and speak their minds.  Will you help support this program?
  • Our one day workshops will bring fun theatre activities to families and children with special needs.  Ranging from themes of "Helping Hands", "Anger Monsters", and "Move through the Goo" - these workshops work to build relationships between family members and peers with special needs by using Theatre Professionals and Creative Arts Therapists.  Will you help support these workshops?  
Thank you for your generosity. Because of people like you, 2013 is going to be a great year!


Helping Hands

Cost: $40
per participant plus family member(s)

Monday, January 21

Parents and their children ages 5 - 10 are welcome to participate in drama games focusing on helping others. Following in Martin Luther King's path, participants will be able to see what possibilities can be found when a little imagination is used. Everything from helping mom in the kitchen, saving a cat that went up a tree to stopping evil villains from destroying the world will be explored in this fun family workshop. Lasting 90 minutes long, a theatre director and Creative Arts therapist will lead the group in fun games that may include drama, dance or music therapy activities. 
37-24 24th Street
Suite 212
Long Island City , NY

To register for the event on Monday, January 21 click HERE 

Locations will vary and space is limited. Registration opens in December. Please send an email to to put your name on the list early.

To stay up to date, please follow plai theatre on Facebook

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AutismWonderland - written by Lisa Quinones-Fontanez - is a personal blog chronicling a NYC family's journey with autism, while also sharing local resources for children/families with special needs.