Autism, Aubrey Therion, Ed Randall discussed on Bob Salter


Rick wolf is along with the sports edge programme after nine o'clock dated is Ed Randall will be vice talking baseball here on fan. We're in a discussion with Aubrey Therion who is executive artistic director for epic players epic players as we've told you in this discussion in our program. A nonprofit neuro inclusive theatre company and Aubrey shared enough lot with us in our discussion of it said earlier in the discussion to that I thought it was important in terms of the work of epic players in developing. The players themselves. But just goes back to something. You mentioned a couple of minutes moments ago, kind of want follow up on. And I guess this addresses as can you about addressing some of that stigma than it's stigma in general surrounding people who live with developmental disabilities? And it may even be in this case, specifically some of the people who would fall in the category of the players that you're working with. With the success. And as you said, the hopeful long term sustainability of an organization like epic players. Do you feel that that is a way to preps? Address some of that stigma address some of the myths that there may be associated with working with people, and this case working with the players who have developmental disabilities. Absolutely. I think that you can't be what you can't see. So representation is very important. So the more and more, we think people with autism or other diversities doing things like the onstage are being on screen or in, in other roles than we typically stereotypically, see them. And that's just going to help society before and create a more inclusive world. And that's what we want to do. So I think that everything shipping euro diverse, my hope is that, you know, very soon, but this won't be a novelty, what we're doing it. Every theatre forecasts diversely on you know, but it takes somebody to start, but, you know, to go back to the point that you were making before we posed for update and MRs about this idea. You know, they're these myths that it's. Two. Difficult, or it's too time consuming the work with somebody who would fall in this category of having developed mental disabilities. And you know. Those kind of myths have perpetuated for years and have blocked a path to employment blocked the path to upper tune ity for individuals. Like the players that you're, you're working with. I mean. Is even the existence of epic players. For lack of a better term kind of a smack right back at that. Oh, absolutely. One hundred percent. We hear all the time you see casting all the time when you're casting person vocal person diversion old nor staying, but there is no one else in this world. That is a disabled or Nuoro diverse actor who can play that role and we reject that say there is, and it is not going to cost studio more. And it's not going to take more time and you'll probably get more sincere and authentic performance out of our actors, then whoever you're hiring to imitate something that will never be able to feel. Why do you say that because I think you know, I think are two different camps, and I think people feel strongly either camp at actors are actors and should be able to play anything. A campus. That's really people that have heard of or she should be able to be given the opportunity to sounds. I personally feel that as an after new act feelings, you feel you have to motion. That's what Afghan is. That's how you play you can't feel autism. That's something very, very milk. You can feel nervous. You feel. Not confident. You can't feel to them so kit to pretend that I think is a service and needs to stereotypes stigmas that we're talking about and perpetuates that wheel, especially when they just right? Roads for people with autism, that are the stereotypical either savant or you know, someone who can't make eye contact. Maybe a little bit socially awkward, but there's a range of the autism spectrum and how that present we limit it right now. And how. Represent ourselves. I think ethic, whatever, does it show the world, what people have another diversity are on. I'm definitely says rejected this notion that they can't do this. What cell phones agent screen. So it's not just. Quote unquote a job. It's not. Quote unquote, just breaking barriers. But you're also in a way really promoting the idea of. Independence for the people. You're working with. Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. That we have after two are coming with us to us who have just graduated no high school or an age out of services. You're a person with a disability at age twenty one you age out of all there. We started falling off a question. So when people find out back. For sure independence, and almost like this. Well we hit psycho. Gosh, I haven't that's going to get me now. So then we kind of take these actors and say, okay, now learning or learning lines or learning blocking how work together, and had a kid effectively how to take direction on how to get your action, and how to take criticism constructively. Really valuable thing in the world that we live in there. But also in the world period. So absolutely promotes independence and, and the huge sense of self worth. I think I know the answer to this question, but I'll pose it nonetheless, something I've been thinking about the entire time that we've been talking. And that is with epic players. Why is it important? Why was it important to have an approach where? Introducing the idea of promoting providing employment careers for adults on the autism spectrum. Through the performing arts. But you're doing that both for things on stage or in performance, but also behind the scenes. Why both approaches? Well, because it's not just the actor who create the show on everyone has different strengths. Right. So I'm not going to, you know, after ethic is an organization for everyone who really loves to be a part of the arts world, and that Nate medifast differently, and I don't want to force somebody to go on stage if they don't want to. We have several other facets bring out strength tippety, like, directing, like stage managing like writing doing our first near diverse place of so many writers, and our company that we're realizing really want their voices and stories told, why giving that in July at people who are going to working with us as mentors. And in the office, whereas ambassadors. It's marry me important to find everybody's individual shrinks, and that maybe. Onstage or offstage and highlight that, and see how we can use that strength to Inc at part of back. So everyone feels like. This is their home and they're building this thing together. Does that make sense? It does. And, you know, as you were saying that I'm thinking writing. In a way in. Many forms of employment. Many industries has become almost a lost art. So having that kind of skill or skill set. Is always a plus, and especially for someone in the performing arts field to be able to have that to develop that to nurture that I think is a wonderful. Idea. Didn't this didn't ask you earlier? Aubrey, some of the people listening to us may have wondered this. I don't think we touched upon it. The players who come to epic players. How do they come to you? How do they find? You. A lot of players. Find us by seeing show. Definitely the best way to see where about and our show opens next week on June six fishing center. Little shop of horrors until jank. So that's a great way to find us on our website, WWW dot players..

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