Inclusive Theatre Classes

Learning Accommodations for Children and Adults

Inclusive Theatre Classes

Each class is specifically tailored for people with disabilities

The Naples Players is dedicated to providing high-quality arts access to every member of our community – including the important and growing number of people with disabilities.

Designed and taught by professional therapists and teachers, each class is tailored to individuals with disabilities to ensure proper accommodation, enjoyable classes, and meaningful exercises. Separate classes are available to both students and adults, making each class an important and caring social environment, as well. Many classes are also open to caretakers and siblings.

The Naples Players is also thrilled to work with the STARability Academy to provide classes and job experience each week. Paired with The Naples Player’s Sensory Friendly performances, individuals with disabilities can access the arts from backstage to on-stage!

For Adults and Children

Current Classes

Actors will learn teamwork, patience, sensory awareness, and communication through emotion-oriented, confidence-building theatre games. Classes will take place in a noise and light-sensitive theatre with a quiet waiting area for parents and students. The class is led by theatre professionals who have 20 years of dedicated experience creating fun, welcoming, and safe classroom environments for all students.

Acting & Improv for ASD & SPD is tailored to the specific needs and interests of each student. Participants will receive personal attention and are encouraged to demonstrated their ideas in their own unique way. A showcase will be presented on the last day of class.

This class is generously underwritten by a grant from Suncoast Credit Union to significantly reduce tuition cost.

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Do you have anxiety? Are you looking for something other than talk therapy to help? Improv for Anxiety is for you. This 6-week class is for adults suffering from anxiety and social anxiety. A TNP instructor and licensed clinical mental health provider will lead this class. Students will learn the basic skills improv skills that help decrease feelings of anxiety, in a humorous and playful environment. Some of these skills include spontaneity, building trust, and, the concept that there are no mistakes. Class will also incorporate CBT* and Mindfulness techniques.
*CBT is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It is a highly effective technique to help people suffering anxiety disorders to understand how their thoughts and perceptions affect their anxiety.

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This class is Improv for people with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers. Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a movement disorder that affects up to 1 million people in the US and doctors diagnose 60,000 new cases each year. Improvisational Theatre Games, based on the work of Viola Spolin, are being used clinically over the world. Improv classes are being offered for stress management, coping with life challenges, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. Neuroscience tells us that play, when combined with the trust building of improv experiences, builds “pro-social brains that know how to interact with others in positive ways.” This is important for adults who are dealing with significant physical and emotional difficulties.

Questions?

We are happy to answer any questions you might have and to help you find the perfect class for you or your student(s). The Naples Players is happy to provide accommodations to individuals with disabilities who would like to enroll in other classes, as well.

Feel free to call us at (239) 434-7340 Ext. 127 and speak with Craig Price, Education Director, or Misha Ritter, Education Assistant.

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