Plano, TX 75093
Who are the Starcatchers? The Starcatchers is NTPA’s Therapeutic Arts program designed specifically for children and adults with disabilities. In this program, students are given opportunities to shine through drama, music, dance, and visual art. These opportunities range from large theatre productions to intimate art classes and include people of all ages. The Starcatchers believe that the future of the performing arts is accessible to all. Not only can a student’s involvement in the arts strongly impact multiple areas of their life, but it can also have an impact on the community. What makes the Starcatchers program unique is not just the work with children and adults with disabilities, but its relational approach to the work. Our Performance Partners support our actors in specific areas, such as learning lines, learning stage cues, prompting during performances, facilitating small group activities, and other support needs as specified on an individual basis. Through this partnership, Starcatcher students are able to advocate for themselves and their needs and build connections with their community. What is a Performance Partner? A Performance Partner is a volunteer who is equally passionate about the performing arts and disability advocacy . We encourage anyone who is interested in creating accessible art for all to consider joining the Performance Partner program. Adults with disabilities are especially encouraged to join to act as mentors for the children and adolescents involved in the Starcatchers program. Performance partners are involved in every step of our programming including but not limited to: playing small support roles in productions, supporting actors with their lines, supporting actors with learning and performing music (both vocal and instrumental), supporting actors with learning and performing choreography and stage directions, supporting the development of theatre and drama skills, leading small group activities (improvised scenes, theatre games, brainstorming sessions, etc.) and working with the director/lead teacher to address barriers to engagement during rehearsals and classes. Performance Partners may be asked to work one-on-one with an actor, depending on the specific needs of the actors involved in the program. The experience of creating and performing art in this setting allows for the Starcatchers program to foster connection and mutual support with the greater community. How do I apply? Go to www.starcatchers.org and scroll down to our Performance Partners section to find a link to our application. This application lets us know your past experience and why you’d like to support our students. Include a recommendation from someone who can speak to your character. Our managing director, Riley Graygrove, will follow up with you to set up an time for training. If you have any questions, you are welcome to reach out to Riley Graygrove at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
Date Posted: Aug 21, 2023