SENSE Theatre Research Featured in NIMH Director’s Message!

The SENSE Lab’s NIMH-funded, R01 multisite SENSE Theatre research study was recently featured in Dr. Joshua Gordon’s NIMH Director’s Message, “Research Along the Autism Spectrum: Diverse Research to Meet Diverse Needs.” The multisite intervention study, led by Dr. Blythe Corbett, and including additional sites at University of Alabama and Stony Brook University, aims to support school-aged youth with autism spectrum disorder through a peer-mediated, theatre-based social intervention.

The full message from Director Dr. Gordon can be found here.

SENSE Theatre Production of “The Adult School” April 15th and 16th

Performance Details:

Dates: Friday, April 15, 2022 & Saturday, April 16, 2022 @ 7:00 PM CT (Doors open at 6:30 PM)

Location: Wyatt Center Rotunda (1930 South Drive, Nashville, TN 37212)


Audience Registration Link:


Event Description: Adults with autism will take the stage with Dr. Blythe Corbett’s SENSE Theatre® program April 15th & 16th at 7pm CT in Vanderbilt’s stunning Wyatt Center Rotunda to perform The Adult School, a play about a group of reluctant students who do not see the benefit of growing up until they meet a teacher who inspires them. The performances are free and open to the public. To register to attend, please visit


SENSE Theatre® – A Stage of Hope For Children, Adolescents and Adults With Autism – is a unique intervention research program designed to improve the social and emotional functioning of individuals with autism. The intervention research is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, ACM Lifting Lives®, and the Vanderbilt University Department of Theatre. SENSE Theatre® is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

SENSE Theatre in VUMC Voice

Our federally-funded research study of SENSE Theatre in adults with autism spectrum disorder has been featured in a story from VUMC Voice! To read all about the most recent production of SENSE Theatre’s “The Adult School” and learn more about the program, see the full story here.