"Hey again, Katie!
Monday morning or any time Tuesday would be good for me. Wed through Sun is pretty busy here, but if you call and get my voicemail, I'll try to get back to you first chance.
Looking forward to talking!
Fancy meeting you here! I just got my membership approved and have already had one contact from a gal in Norfolk who is exploring applied improv theatre for autism. Thanks for recommending this network to me.
Talk again soon -
It's great to meet you here! I haven't had time to explore the AIN site - my membership was just approved - but am looking forward to networking and meeting like-minded people.
Are you attending the Applied Theatre…"
I was thrilled to find out about Shenanigans! I am working on building the same thing here in Norfolk, Va. I hope to make it down to check out one of your workshops soon.
Feb 2, 2011
Sandra Bruce is now a member of The Applied Improvisation Network
What kinds of improv-related services are you involved in?
Teambuilding, Creativity, Problem Solving, Communication, Stress, Life Skills, Presentation Skills
Any niche industries, skills, etc?
Work with autistic spectrum
More about you: (Short Bio or any other details you'd like people to know)
Founder and Exec Dir of Spectrum Arts, Inc. ("Shenanigans".)
Shenanigans is an applied improv theatre program that addresses the communications challenges of children and adults who have Asperger's or high-functioning autism and other related developmental disorders. We have a team of caring and talented improv instructors who "get" autism, and we find our program growing throughout the metro Atlanta area.
My background is evenly divided between the left-brained me and the right-brained me. I've got a decent business background, I enjoy crunching numbers and the strategic and tactical planning that comes with operating a business. I also find great satisfaction and enjoyment in my Saturday afternoons on the piano, or singing in the car, or creating a mural.
When you live with a child who has Asperger's, you, of necessity, become more educated and researched on a subject you never anticipated you'd need. I know the challenges those on the autistic spectrum face just trying to get by in a world that is so mysterious to them. Because I believe that the joy to be found in experiencing the arts is an integral part of a well-rounded life for people of all abilities, I see accessibility to the performing and creative arts for those with autism as a way to not only develop social skills, but to gain self-confidence and esteem through the experience of performing.
I need help with...
Looking for caring, compassionate, highly motivated and talented improv directors who could get real excited about working with children and adults on the autistic spectrum in the metro Atlanta area.
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