PACT provides programs in the community in addition to its Saturday Improv Theatre and Performing Arts workshops in Encinitas. Our newest outreach program will provide theatre/teacher training at the Encinitas Boys and Girls Club. Beginning April 20, we will bring an 8-week theatre workshop series to the club’s fourth and fifth graders and provide the teaching staff with four hours of training on how best to work with those with autism. The club’s teachers will also participate in the theatre workshops as hands-on training in how to teach life skills through theatre and how best to include children and teens with autism. This program will be co-led by Sandy Redmon, PACT’s Artistic Director, and Jacob Redmon, Assistant Theatre Workshop Director for PACT’s Saturday workshops.
One of the goals of our new program at the Boys and Girls Club is also to provide an opportunity for career training to young adults with autism. As more of these talented individuals become PACT workshop directors, we will be able to bring our programs to many more people with autism and other disabilities in our community, empowering them and creating community through the arts.
Besides our newest endeavor with the Boys and Girls Club, PACT has also taught its theatre/life skills workshops at area schools. These have included the Country School in San Marcos, Excelsior Academy in San Diego, The Arc of San Diego, and St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center in El Cajon. We have also collaborated with North Coast Repertory Theatre to bring the performances of talented people with disabilities to their audiences.