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

Katie Mann
August 7, 2013

As a professional choreographer, our industry has a standard method for warming students up. We take turns isolating various parts of our bodies to ʻwarm them upʼ; our heads, shoulders, arms, hips, and legs. Then we might move on to cardio or intense stretching. Working in the field of special needs however, this method isnʼt… Read More

Katie Mann
July 31, 2013

Now that 4th Wall has been servicing the community for more than a year, we’re getting many repeat clients. It is a wonderful thing! At one of our often visited places, the Down Syndrome Guild, we’ve done five 6-week sessions with them. That is enough to see amazing growth. Welcoming the students (some returning, some new)… Read More