Few theatres provide challenging arts opportunities for adults with disabilities and fewer still encourage them to be artists as well as audience members. ArtStream's six Inclusive Theatre Companies invite actors with intellectual and developmental disabilities to collaborate with theater professionals and trained volunteer mentors to develop and present original musical theatre productions. Participants can also take theatre-based classes to boost self-confidence and strengthen communications and social skills. And the arts can heal, just as they can educate and entertain. Partnerships with schools, community organizations, and others ensure that adults and children can access the arts in a way that is meaningful, powerful, and healing. Your contribution makes it happen.
By March 31st ArtSTream had transformed itself into an online rehearsing and performing company, and by April 9, 2020 had transitioned all classes to virtual platforms. In June it premiered its first Salute to ArtStream, in which all six Inclusive Theater Companies performed virtually for hundreds of audience members from 19 states.