Katie Mann
January 8, 2015

Please watch the video below.  At first glance it is a simple, heart-warming piece of 20 or so students doing a rhythm stick routine.  But let me tell you what I see… I see 20 students who are labeled various degrees of “low-verbal” and “low-functioning.”  A group of students who I am often challenged to… Read More

Katie Mann
October 24, 2014

By: Gabby Gauruder Do you believe in coincidences? As I entered my junior year at MSU this fall, my world had been shaken. I always thought I understood what it would be like for a person to go through a serious illness but it wasn’t until now that I truly realize how hard it is… Read More

Katie Mann
May 19, 2014

Life is full of surprises.  I relish whenever a good one comes along. 4th Wall partnered with the Down Syndrome Support Team in Saline, Mi.  For six weeks our merry band of actors have been learning the parts of the stage, where to look when we say lines, and the three tenets of theatre.  Last… Read More

Katie Mann
April 3, 2014

At 4th Wall Theatre Company we teach all of our students three simple rules; be safe, be brave, and always be respectful.  We call them our “words to live by” as they are good guides outside the classroom as well.  Tuesday at our showcase with the Down Syndrome Guild (DSG) our instructors, Molly and Karen… Read More

Katie Mann
December 18, 2013

It is interesting to witness what happens when giving gets set in motion. When one gives, who receives? 4th Wall’s idea was to brighten up the day of some residents at a nearby Sunrise Assisted Living facility. The instructors worked for weeks with the students of the Down Syndrome Guild on learning Christmas carols; complete… Read More

Paul Pyrkosz
December 10, 2013

Imagine walking into a new class on the first day and the room being flooded with sunlight and then magnified by a wall of mirrors. Not every student appreciated all of that light. Some covered their eyes it was so bright. When I met this group a couple months ago, we were a mix of… Read More

Annie Klark
November 20, 2013

Since I was a young child, I’ve always known that there was magic in the theatre. The process of starting a production with nothing and ending up with a stage full of lights, costumes, music, movement, and sound effects is just the beginning. The true “theatre magic” lies in the transformation of actor into character,… Read More

Katie Mann
September 11, 2013

There is something magical about Show Day. Paid or recreational actors, students who are typical or have special needs, there is something different in the air. Excitement. Pride.  Anticipation. Students are usually a combination of nervous and excited. Parents are usually twice as nervous as their children. And us directors? Well, even with our experience we have… Read More

Katie Mann
June 28, 2013

Wow! What can we say?? For the last five days our intrepid students from Wish Upon a Teen have been working hard on their murder mystery. Our teenagers wrote and starred in their own original play. Guided by our awesome Laura and Taylor, they were able to explore in-depth themes and script writing techniques. What… Read More