Creating Theatre for the Neurodiverse
Don’t miss this inspiring virtual 2 session class on the challenges and joys of creating theatre for a neurodiverse audience!
Thursdays, October 21 and 28 4-5 p.m.
Cost: $10 (includes both sessions)
East Lansing Prime Time and the Michigan State University Department of Theatre are excited to offer a special Behind the Scenes class*, a chance to learn about theatre for audiences that are neurodiverse. Two one-hour on-line talks will be hosted by Dionne O’Dell, faculty member at the MSU Department of Theatre and Artistic Director of the Sense-Ability Ensemble, a group of theatre students and alums that create innovative, multi-sensory, interactive theatrical performances. Both talks will be followed by a Q and A.
Dionne’s groundbreaking production of Farm! A Musical Experience toured Michigan special education classes for two years. She has since created two more shows and is currently adapting the critically acclaimed children’s book What If Wilhelmina by Joseph Belisle into a musical for children.
In the first class, on October 21, class participants will learn about creating theatre for people who are neurodiverse.
On Thursday, October 28, Dionne will follow up and specifically speak about the new What If Wilhelmina production, with special guests from the creative team. Hear about how a children’s book is adapted into a musical, get a sneak peak of several songs from the production, and learn about future plans for the show.
Enroll for the class by calling East Lansing Prime Time at 517-337-1113. To enroll online, go to and click on the tab in the upper left corner. https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/823/Seniors-Program-Prime-TimeOnce enrolled, class participants will receive the Zoom address and passcode.
*The Behind The Scenes classes at East Lansing Prime Time are organized by the Friends of Theatre at MSU.