Watch: Blending Art and Science: A Stage of Hope for Autism | Blythe Corbett | TEDxVanderbiltUniversity

Watch Dr. Blythe Corbett share her “idea worth spreading” for the 2023 TEDxVanderbilt University event. The recording of her talk is available at the link below, where you can watch Dr. Corbett talk about the SENSE Theatre program and the transformative power of theatre in our lives through her talk, “Blending Art and Science: A Stage of Hope for Autism.”

You can view Dr. Corbett’s Tedx talk here: Blending Art and Science: A Stage of Hope for Autism

TEDx Presentation with speaker Blythe Corbett, Ph.D. April 18th

We are excited to share that Vanderbilt Human Resources Employee Learning and Engagement team will host the 7th Annual TEDxVanderbiltUniversity event on April 18, 2023.

Blythe Corbett, Ph.D., Professor of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Psychology will be one of the six speakers from the Vanderbilt Community to step into the red circle to share their idea worth spreading!

Where: This year’s event will take place in Ingram Hall at the Blair School of Music

When:  April 18. Doors will open at 5:00 PM, the show will start promptly at 6:00 PM, with reception to follow.

Reservations: Tickets are free, available on a first-come-first-served basis. In- person attendance at  An online live stream will be available for those who are not able to attend in-person. If you plan to watch online, please do not reserve tickets. The event will be streamed on Vanderbilt University’s YouTube channel

More information: Tickets:

What is TEDx?  In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxVanderbiltUniversity, where x = independently organized TED event.

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.