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

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

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

Katie Mann
August 20, 2014

The Detroit Opera House, at the heart of Detroit, is a magnificent architectural structure.  Built as a movie house in 1922 it has undergone several renovations and reinventions throughout the years.  But it is also the site of 4th Wall’s most prestigious camp this summer. Today was our third day of camp where Mark kindly… Read More

Katie Mann
February 5, 2014

As co-founder of 4th Wall Theatre Company I often get asked, “What is 4th Wall?”  A good question.  And as any little theatre student would know the 4th Wall, like the word “theatre,” has two different meanings and spellings. Theatre vs Theater Although not a rule, die-hard thespians will insist there is a distinction between… Read More

Diane Mann
January 15, 2014

Loving Kindness In broad strokes, Part I discussed my thinking on disciplining with loving kindness. It starts with my perspective of being well-balanced and focusing on self-care. From that position of strength flows the patience and ability to teach, guide and help children maximize their potential. Part II discusses a few of the nuts and… Read More

Diane Mann
January 9, 2014

My Brand of Discipline My husband and I were raised by good-hearted parents who, along with their peers in the 1960’s, raised their families with harsher forms of discipline than seems to be the norm today. Yes we learned to respect others, to follow rules and most of us continue leading responsibly productive lives; but… Read More

At 4th Wall the co-founders wear many hats. And as self-appointed CEO of Handing Out Random Titles I degreed myself the Official Order-er of Awesome T-shirts. Earlier this month, fulfilling my stoic duties, I ordered a shipment of orchid colored t-shirts. It was a lovely color on my computer screen, I promise. However, when my… Read More