An opportunity to create, rehearse, and perform while preparing for life.
Theatre on the Spectrum is the performance wing of CADA. Inclusive in structure, the company is neurodiverse and is dedicated to presenting work that advocates for people on the spectrum. The core of the company are CADA’s Student Volunteer Assistants who are ready to take on leadership roles within a working theatre company.
Company members with autism work alongside neurotypical actors and technicians. Through the practice of theatre, company members will learn essential job skills for employment including and not limited to: graphic design, box office, marketing, management, theatrical design along with technical positions (lighting, sound, sets, costumes, props, make-up and masks) as well as acting.
Participating in a theatrical project intended for an audience helps develop the following essential 21st century skills: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Decision-Making, Personal/Social Responsibility and Citizenship.
In 2016, the company created and performed its second interactive murder mystery, this year as a fund-raiser and in honor of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. Thanks to all within our community who reached out to support this fund-raiser, which more than matched our Knight Foundation Akron Arts Challenge grant. We are so grateful to have been chosen by the Knight Foundation for this honor!
In September of 2016, we presented our first full Theatre on the Spectrum production, Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie (through the prism of autism). We performed in our new studios for a weekend and then took the show on the road to various points in Akron for another weekend. We hosted Talk-backs after each performance with local autism leaders and experts.
Above -- The cast of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie (through the Prism of Autism) from L to R: Eric Magnus, Logan Benninghoff, Laura Stitt, Bree Chambers, Jordan Euell.
Above: The cast of "Murder Most Foul!"
Left -- The Ensemble (creators and performers of "the surround scenes" from L to R: Anna Dougall, Samir Hammoud, Mikaia Ross, John Welsh, Joseph Moran; and seated, director Wendy S. Duke.
Interactive Murder Mysteries
Above: An image from "The Surround Scenes"
Below: Bree Chambers and Jordan Euell in the Glass Menagerie
Below: Scenes from the Glass Menagerie