Welcome to Positive Action Community Theatre!
Positive Action Community Theatre (PACT)'s mission is to help those with autism and other unique needs to reach their full potential.
Our programs were originally inspired by the parents of children with autism, and these parents remain the guiding force behind what we do.
Mastering an art is an enriching experience. It also proves to be a great ally in living with the challenges of a disability. Studying and expressing the performing arts brings those who have been isolated back into a shared world. Feeling connected, they are empowered to express their thoughts and feelings, and give their gifts. We all benefit.
Parents report seeing their children and young adults doing things in the workshops they previously seemed unable to do. Feedback from parents is also that their children and young adults are having more success in other areas of their lives as a result of these programs, more able to communicate with confidence and even taking on leadership roles for the first time. Parents have also reported seeing greater flexibility in dealing with stress and challenge, and a new found interest in social interaction.
Volunteers from our community serve as peer mentors at our Theatre and Performing Arts Workshops. They help us achieve an inclusive environment where life and social skills are learned through observation and interaction in the creative and upbeat environment of the performing arts.
It's a perfect first time experience of volunteerism because all that is asked is for them to be themselves and enjoy the workshops with some great people. We have introduced community service to hundreds of local children, teens, and adults in our area, and we see this as an important aspect of our organization's mission.
Through the dedication and expertise of our incredible workshop directors, through the peer modeling of our volunteers, and through the art itself much is learned and shared.
Our workshops encourage equality, respect, and bringing out the best in ourselves and others, and they provide ongoing experiences of the fact that we are all much more alike than we are different.
Some members of the PACT community perform at our yearly showcase for residents of a local nursing home in early December, where they experience the well being and self esteem that come from bringing joy to the lives of others through the expression of their artistic talents.
Though we welcome everyone, most of those we serve are on the autism spectrum. Many with autism/Aspergers seem to shine in an artistic environment.
PACT programs provide an opportunity for them to study and express theatre, music, and dance in programs designed to improve their self esteem, cooperation, fitness, and creativity. The workshops also provide an opportunity for them to come out of isolation and be a part of a community. Some develop lasting friendships, and all experience the joy of sharing art with others.
Do you know of a child, teen, or adult who would benefit from our workshops? How about you? We welcome people of all abilities and ages, and we are always looking for good volunteers of all ages to serve as peer mentors at our programs.
PACT is proud to be an alumni affiliate of KIT (Kids Included Together)'s National Training on Inclusion. We have received the benefit of four years of their excellent trainings and conferences on best practices for providing inclusive programs, and for serving those with disabilities.
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See "Inclusive Theatre and Performing Arts Program Info" page for details about our current and upcoming programs.
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