The third, and final, rule in our theatre workshops is “Always Be Respectful.” Being respectful onstage is important for the show to be able to go on. However, respect can be a challenging concept for children with developmental disabilities. Respect for others, for property, for time, and for so many different things is important for… Read More

Katie Mann
November 14, 2017

On September 16th, I had the privilege to see Addy and Uno at The Theater at the 14th Street Y in New York City! It was an honor to be in the audience and witness the children around me learn from this heartfelt, informative new show. The older I become and the more theatre I… Read More

My childhood was dominated by Barbie. She decided much of my schedule; dinner time was pushed back and back until my mother broke the doll’s spell by shutting her away in the DreamHouse and banning me from the playroom. I got over my tears by the entree. I recognize a similar affinity in my nephew’s… Read More

Ryan Duda
February 7, 2017

There are moments in an artist’s life, or anyone’s life for that matter, where we question the direction our life is going.  We take into account every decision we’ve made, every opportunity we’ve taken advantage of or turned down, and the many paths ahead of us that we could possibly travel down.  We may ask… Read More

We are constantly answering questions about how to introduce the art of theatre to individuals with disabilities. Of course, why we have a passion to introduce theatre to this population requires a discussion on equality, opportunity and choice. In our quest to fully reflect the mission of 4th Wall, we focus on the concepts of… Read More

As a lead instructor for 4th Wall you can’t help but worry the day of the show. Over the past however many weeks, our students are memorizing lines, practicing songs, and rehearsing dances, all in order to impress our guests on the big day. All you really want is a show that your students feel… Read More

When the curtain went up on the 2016 season of 4th Wall Theatre Company, we introduced you to 3 of the innovative organizations that star as community partners in our mission to bring the stage and all of its therapeutic benefits to young people with developmental disabilities. In an effort to continue to bring our… Read More

*********This post features Quick Pix!—bulletpoints that tell you what you need to know FAST! For the blog reader in a rush! Sensory-friendly film showings first came to my attention when my sister, who has twin sons with developmental disabilities, told me that she had heard about them; “Too bad the only theaters showing them are so… Read More

With the start of 2016, 4th Wall is proud to bring its total number of community partners up to an exciting 80! The Winter/Spring Season, which began this month, sees us again partnering with organizations throughout Michigan to provide children and young adults with developmental disabilities unique access to participation in theatre. Some of this… Read More

At this time of year with everyone sharing love and season’s tidings with family and friends, at work, at home and where they spend their time, 4th Wall Theatre Company has been considering what we are thankful for. Our instructors know how much they are appreciated, but we wanted to share the wealth of knowledge,… Read More

The holiday season is upon us and it seems that no matter what holiday you and your family celebrate or how you celebrate it, one common factor prevails from family to family: the holidays bring crowds! Even when sharing the spirit of the holidays with just our relatives, that usually means putting out at least one… Read More

Robin Bennett
October 30, 2015

(scroll down to find links to professional ABA therapy information) 4th Wall Theatre Company is constantly looking to improve; whether it be through our commitment to serving new communities, providing useful information on our website and blog, or improving the tools that our instructors have on hand when going into the classroom to serve students… Read More

It seems that Broadway, the Godfather of all things theater throughout the country, has caught the wave that organizations like 4th Wall have been riding all along; theater is a powerful force in the lives and experiences of people with disabilities.  Also, the excitement of people with disabilities being represented on this Main Stage is helping… Read More