SENSE Theatre®, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, founded by Blythe Corbett, Ph.D., in January 2009 in Davis, California. Dr. Corbett integrated her background in theatre as a writer and actor with her clinical science research in an effort to blend the disciplines of art and science to create a supportive, enjoyable, community-based treatment program.
The 10-session peer-mediated, theatre-based program includes typically developing peer actors who are trained to work with participants with autism while serving as expert models of social interaction, emotional expression, and imitation. The theatre is home to imagination and communication – thus, it provides a natural environment for enhancing many areas of functioning that are challenging for children with autism.
Autism and Theatre
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by core impairment in social competence (APA, 2013). Engaging in theatrical exercises and acting is an inherently interactive process involving many aspects of social competence, such as observation, perception, interpretation, and expression. Thus, it provides a natural environment for enhancing many areas of functioning that are challenging for individuals on the autism spectrum.