Inclusive Theatre Classes
The Naples Players is dedicated to providing high-quality arts access to every member of our community – including those with additional needs.
Designed and taught by professional therapists and teachers, each class is tailored to individuals 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 special needs can access the arts from backstage to on-stage!
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.
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.
Stress and worried thoughts can turn our middle and high school years into something to endure instead of enjoy. In this fun-filled class, we play Improvisational Theatre games to help you learn better ways to cope with the stressors in your life. There is no pressure to act or be funny – you just have to like having fun. Improv games help you to gain confidence, improve communication, and learn to be in the moment. In this course you will learn Mindfulness exercises that help you learn to relax. In this 6-week class you will learn to play and follow our number one rule in Improv – have fun!
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. 103 and speak with Craig Price, Education Director.