Positive Action Community Theatre (PACT) is a dynamic non-profit organization that offers improvisational theatre and performing arts workshops that teach life and social skills to children, teens and adults with autism and other special needs. Those most served by our programs are teens and young adults with high functioning autism (HFA)/Asperger’s.
Our workshops include individuals with disabilities, as well as volunteers who act as peer mentors. We encourage a feeling of equality by not pointing out our volunteers or discussing anyone’s differences. The fun, low-stress and upbeat environment of these workshops gives those with unique needs an opportunity to express their creativity, reconnect with peers, and learn life skills through observation and interaction.
Mastering an art is a very enriching experience. It also proves to be a great ally in living with the challenges of autism and other disabilities. Studying and expressing the performing arts brings those who have been isolated into a shared world. As they feel more connected, they are better able to express their thoughts and feelings and share their own unique gifts. We all benefit from their contributions.
PACT opened its doors in May 2008 in Encinitas, CA, as a non-profit community theatre serving the general public. Through the years we have evolved into an organization now focused on empowering individuals with unique needs and creating community in the rich environment of the performing arts.
The collective experience of our co-founders, Kathryn Campion and William Simonson, includes professional backgrounds in theatre and music as well as experience with non-profit organizations. Our staff of talented, experienced workshop directors helps us provide the programs and experiences that deliver on our mission.
Improv Theatre and Performing Arts Workshops
These two workshops meet for 8 weeks on Saturdays. They provide an opportunity to study and express theatre, music and dance to help improve self-esteem, social skills, fitness and creativity.
Goldmine Advocates Program (GAP)
GAP is a PACT program created to help individuals with HFA/Asperger’s achieve career-oriented jobs with competitive pay that match their interests and abilities.
We provide Theatre/Life Skills workshops to area schools with special needs students.
PACT offers Improvisational Theatre and Performing Arts workshops throughout the year, including summer. Workshops are “inclusive”, consisting of peers with and without disabilities. Most participants are in their mid-teens, but the program is also open to adults. We are always looking for good volunteers to serve as peer mentors as well!
In addition to our workshops, in December our performing arts enthusiasts participate in a Showcase of their theatre, dance and musical talent for residents of a local nursing home. Families are invited to this annual event.
The link below provides our downloadable flyer with our 2015 Schedule of Workshops.
A Glimpse At Our Improv Workshop
Here are some scenes from an Improvisational Workshop. We start with some relaxing stretches, practice tongue twisters to improve enunciation, do fun warm-up games that exercise creativity, listening and social skills, and participate in improvisational sketches.
If you would like to see one of our workshops in person, please contact Kathryn Campion at 760.815.8512 to arrange a visit.