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October 9, 2021, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT on Zoom.
This event is FREE and will be a private hosted workshop on ZOOM. Participants must register. Class size is limited. This will be a practitioner friendly tutorial for teaching artists and classroom educators to learn how to support neurodiversity in the theatre classroom.
Inclusion specialist, Samantha Ginn, will provide tips for teachers on supporting neurodiverse students in the theatre classroom. She will be joined by two professional actors who are both on the autism spectrum (Reid Moriarty and Ethan Mar). Samantha, Reid, and Ethan will model how to make improv and theatre games successful for all types of learners. Participants of the event will be encouraged to participate in improv games with Reid and Ethan to sharpen their skills and gain confidence. The event will not only provide tips and knowledge about how to best support neurodiverse learners, but it will be a guaranteed good time with lots of laughter, authenticity, and joy!
This event is free and will be a private-hosted workshop on Zoom. Participants must register. Class size is limited as this will be hands-on practicum event.
Samantha Ginn is an actor, director, and inclusion specialist. Currently, Sam is an Associate Artist at New Village Arts Theater. She created their improv and acting programs designed to include neurodiverse individuals on stage. She has directed four summer productions with her students with disabilites. She developed Mainstage Players, a program giving neurodiverse actors paid roles in professional productions, as well as Mindful Theater, an improv experience for seniors with Alzheimers. As a Teaching Artist with La Jolla Playhouse, she integrates the arts into curriculum for special education classrooms across San Diego county. She is also a Teaching Artist and consultant to The Old Globe to help expand their sensory-accessible productions. Her mission is to make the world a more inclusive place through the arts. www.samanthaginn.com
Ethan Mar is a cheerful young man who loves performing in all its forms, whether it’s improv, community theatre, or performing as the drummer for his rock band, Jungle Poppins. Some of his recent performances are Stellaluna, The Servant of Two Masters, Around the World in 80 Days, and The Great Smelly, Slobbery, Small-Tooth Dog. Ethan also enjoys drawing, cooking, and traveling.
Reid Moriarty is a “man with a mic” motivated to entertain and show that everyone has a unique gift. He has recorded five albums–Purple Party, Shine, Best Bros, Slightly Country, andSummer Sounds–and is a charismatic performer on keyboard and vocals. Reid is also front man for the band Jungle Poppins. He speaks regularly promoting ability awareness and hosts his own podcast, Talk Time with Reid Moriarty as well as two series on YouTube: Reid Readsand Late in the Day with Reid and Friends. His voice breaks through social barriers to inspire. Off stage, Reid is a lap swimmer who loves all kinds of beans. ReidMoriarty.com