The Exceptional Theater Company (ETC) is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) organization.
The ETC drama class is designed to teach theatre to persons with physical and intellectual challenges. ETC creates opportunities for personal growth by teaching theatrical skills of expression.
Each individual class provides a setting for inclusion with the involvment of members of the community as volunteers, mostly high school students, receiving community service hours. The volunteers, also known as Shadows, work with the special needs students on and off the stage.
The class teaches techniques in improvisation, movement and music. With easy, fun exercises, the special needs actor has the opportunity to express ideas and feelings.
The program enhances verbal skills, improves movement, builds self-confidence, and advances socialization while stimulating free thinking. The actors and volunteers/shadows pick the themes and write the scripts for the performance.
Most of our classes meet once a week for a minimum of one hour. The size of the class can vary; actors of all ages are welcome.