TheaterWorks on Grove

Under the direction of Billy Ayres, Arts for Healing's TheaterWorks on Grove program provides weekly workshops that foster socialization and self-expression through interactive musical and dramatic play experiences in a small group setting. Throughout the ten-week program, participants improvise and work together to compose a musical play. Participants play instruments, sing, act, create scenery, arrange props, and use movement to express themselves. Expressive and interpersonal skills are enhanced as participants explore and develop their own creative ideas in a supportive and nurturing environment. TheaterWorks is aided by teens from the community who join in the group and act as role models for socialization and communication. The program often includes a final performance of a play written by the participants, but its direction is dictated by the participants and may end up in unexpected places.

Invaluable resources and skills can be gained by participants in musical theater:

language development and communication
self-awareness, self-expression and self-confidence
movement skills
peer relationship-building

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What parents are saying

Her awareness of others and her ability to use her language has improved tremendously in the past few years. I think the music has been a real key in her development.
Heidi's mother
Dear Karen, you have been able to bring out Harold's smile and his joy of life. He can open up and let us know more of what he is feeling and thinking. What a gift for a parent!
From a parent
I've seen Manny move from being isolated and in his own world to being able to join his peers in school and even at home with his younger sister.
Jason, Manny's father
Thank you for your music and for all the joy and learning you've brought to Jeremy. All the musical intelligence you've encouraged will thrive! He'll always remember you.
From a parent
Dear Miss Karen, As you know, I auditioned for the play Honk, Jr. at my school. Guess what -- I got the lead role of Ugly! I think all of my work in music and theatre at Arts for Healing really helped me do a good job at the auditions. So thank you for helping me so much over the past 8 years. I'm really excited. Love, Brian "Music can always be there when you need it."
Zeke, 8 year old boy with Asperger's Syndrome
Daniel has grown in so many ways through the art and music sessions. He is expressing himself so much more clearly and fully. He seems to be so much more comfortable with who he is.
Cheryl, Daniel's mother

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