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Uncommon Sense at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, October 25-November 26.  

Cast: Andrew Duff, Scott Barrow, Jill Frutkin, Oberon K.A. Adjepong, Jessica Almasy, Purva Bedi, Brian Hastert, Michi Barall.

Photos by: Joan Marcus, The Sheen Center © 2017

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Testimonial Videos

Audience members are loving "Uncommon Sense," a new play about living life on the autism spectrum from the Tectonic Theater Project running at The Sheen Center's Loreto Theater now through November 26. Get tickets at www.sheencenter.org/shows/uncommonsense
Audience members are loving "Uncommon Sense." Meet the Rome family and hear their thoughts on the show. "Uncommon Sense" is a new play about living life on the autism spectrum from the Tectonic Theater Project running at The Sheen Center's Loreto Theater now through November 26. Get tickets at www.sheencenter.org/shows/uncommonsense
Tectonic Theater Project's, Uncommon Sense, by Anushka Paris-Carter and Andy Paris Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Iowa, January 2017 Video and Edits by: Josh Berendes

Relaxed Performances


Relaxed Performances are intended to attract and accommodate individuals who may not be able to comply with traditional theater etiquette. At these performances, all noises, movements and behaviors are welcomed and supported. Additionally, there are slight modifications to technical elements, such as light and sound, to make the performance more comfortable for individuals with sensory sensitivities. In advance of Relaxed Performances, preparatory materials such as a Social Narrative and Character Guide will be made available to those attending.

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Video Playlist

Some people with autism have difficulty processing intense, multiple sensory experiences at once. This animation gives the viewer a glimpse into sensory overload, and how often our sensory experiences intertwine in everyday life. Created as part of Mark Jonathan Harris' and Marhsa Kinder's "Interacting with Autism."
THINGS NOT TO SAY SEASON 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i__fBb2oSUM What's an autistic person supposed to look like anyway? 8 people with autism set the record straight so everyone else can stop asking such cringeworthy questions. Click here to watch more: http://bit.ly/Things-Not-To-Say-To-Playlist -- Click here to subscribe to BBC Three: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-BBCThree Did you know that we're up to other things in other places too?
Boy Meets Broadway...Boy Loses Broadway... Boy Gets Broadway...and the stars thrown in. Katie Sweeney discusses the impact of making live theater accessible to all audiences, specifically as it relates to her younger son's experiences with Broadway. Katie Sweeney is an 'Autism Warrior Mom' and a musical theater lover (in that order).
College student and Miss Nevada 2016 explains why siblings are an essential piece of the autism advocacy puzzle. Bailey is a board member for the Autism Coalition of Nevada, and is a blog writer and featured sibling advocate for the national autism organization- Autism Speaks.

Suggested Reading

Training Materials


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Philip Dallmann is an accessibility consultant and Manager of TDF Accessibility Programs. At TDF he is instrumental in the execution of TDF’s 60+ open captioned performances, 40+ audio described performances and 5 autism-friendly performances on and Off-Broadway each season. He is also key liaison for TDF’s national captioning and autism programs. In 2013 Philip created the autism-friendly restaurant partnerships, training restaurants in the theatre district to welcome patrons with autism on the day of TDF’s autism-friendly performances. Philip was also part of the team that developed and launched TheatreAccess.NYC, which is a one-stop shop for all of Broadway’s accessibility information. In 2015 Philip piloted integrating volunteers on the spectrum into TDF’s autism-friendly performances, which creates more opportunities to exercise social and job skills for the autism community. In 2017 he was part of the team that presented the first accessibility symposium for nonprofit theatres in NYC. Philip has presented across the country on a variety of accessibility topics including volunteer training/recruitment, the evolution of sensory-friendly programming, how to handle the unexpected in access, and more. Recently, Philip partnered with Broadway Dance Center and ALMA NYC for New York’s first sensory friendly dance party. He continues to write on all accessibility topics at his access blog www.philipdallmann.com. Philip Dallmann received a BA in Theatre from George Mason University and an MS in Autism Access from Penn State University.

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