Differentiating the Rehearsal Process for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in a Full Inclusion School Production Program
This presentation will provide detailed techniques for modifying and differentiating the rehearsal process for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in a full inclusion-based secondary school production program. The session will begin with a PowerPoint that explores both strengths and challenges encountered in the rehearsal process. This will be followed by an examination of specific techniques used to differentiate the rehearsal process for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, including Meisner-based repetition exercises and improvisation activities. Participants will break into groups and take part in a demonstration of these exercises and then reflect on their use and effectiveness in the rehearsal process.
Convent of the Sacred Heart School
New York, NY
Maria Getz is currently the middle and upper school drama teacher at Convent of the Sacred Heart School in New York City where she also directs the middle school musical and upper school play and musical. Previously, she served as the chair of the performing arts department and middle and upper school drama teacher and director at York Preparatory School, also in NYC where she created the drama curriculum for a diverse population of learners. She has spent the last five summers as an English and drama instructor in the Upward Bound program at her alma mater, Bowling Green State University, where she earned her M.A. in theatre and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, as well as a graduate certificate in TESOL. She has previously presented at the TYA/USA One Theatre World conference on the topic of creating a full inclusion school production program. As an arts educator and director, she has created and adapted curriculum for students with various learning styles and challenges, as well as explored ways to accommodate students in the rehearsal process. She is a member of AATE and TYA/USA.