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

Are you ready for an adorable overload?  Then read on, my friend. An integral pillar of 4th Wall is how the students have a hand in writing the play they perform for family and friends.  Depending on the students’ enthusiasm, or interest, their options include characters and oftentimes motivation.  This week a group of 4th… Read More

Katie Mann
October 9, 2013

Theatre People Theatre people are weird.  I say this as a theatre person — and with great admiration. People who enjoy being on stage are usually self-aware, loud, and oftentimes rambunctious.  If you’ve never met a “theatre person” before it can take some getting used to.  They are often super-busy, juggling multiple jobs and often… 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

I’m not embarrassed to say it: I am a loud person. People usually hear me before they see me. And once, I’m almost proud to say, my professor of American Sign Language, who is deaf, was startled by my laugh.* * Being a teacher and being loud can happily go hand in hand. Often the… Read More

Katie Mann
September 18, 2013

4th Wall Kids-Speak Do you remember Art Linkletter coining the phrase, followed by Bill Cosby putting his spin on:  Kids say the darndest things?  And how true it is!  A few of my favorite Kids Speak-isms: I overheard a six-year-old boy practicing his flirtation skills with a six-year-old girl, using this catchy opening line, “Did… 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
August 21, 2013

Following in the vein of last weekʼs blog of adjusted success, Iʼd now like to embark on “adjusted discipline.” We, at 4th Wall, train many new people. For one, our staff is growing in leaps and bounds. Secondly, (and probably more of a contributing factor) college aged people like to volunteer with us to get experience… Read More

Katie Mann
August 14, 2013

There is probably a more intellectual term for it, but here at 4th Wall we use the phrase “adjusted success” and it is the heart of everything we do. Like typical children, our students with special needs come in a wide variety of observer (I’ve never like the word “shy”) to big ole hams and… Read More