Acting as a Social Communication Builder
Join us for this free seminar to learn how acting can help individuals with ASD feel more comfortable meeting new people, performing well in job interviews and other social situations. The audience will participate so come planning to have some fun!
FilmAcademy360 Program Director David DiIanni will present his strategies and findings using our Acting for the Camera class to improve social communications. This program is the subject of an upcoming study led by Mr. DiIanni and Dr. Peter Gerhardt with Academy360’s Megan Maguire, BCBA. Mr. DiIanni and Ms. Maguire will explain how they achieved success in preparing students for a variety of social situations. Attendees will receive access to an original video series to support these social skills so they can use these techniques at home or in their classrooms.
Leslie Fanelli of the Emmy Award winning Papermill Playhouse will present strategies for working with students with disabilities to support social communication using acting for theater techniques. She will demonstrate key parts of her program including participatory theatre games, storytelling through improvisational enactment, music, movement and mime. Her goals are to improve communication, cooperation, self-esteem and respect of others.
When: November 16, 2016
Dinner 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Seminar 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Academy360 Upper School
6 Regent Street
Livingston, NJ 07039
(Dinner and childcare are offered to our S360 families, so parents can relax and socialize.)
RSVP: Please register by Monday, 11/14/16 in one of the following ways:
David DiIanni was a professional Producer and Director for mainstream TV broadcasting and new media for nearly 20 years. He is currently the Program Director of FilmAcademy360, an innovative program of Spectrum360. David has been awarded the New Jersey School Boards Association Innovation in Special Education Award for his work helping students with autism learn video production skills. His students have won the Governor’s Award in Arts Excellence for their work in filmmaking. David’s innovative film program has helped students learn career skills, express their unique voices and talents and improve their soft skills for employment.
Leslie Fanelli is the Theatre for Everyone teacher at the Paper Mill Playhouse, and the 2016 Tony Award winner for the Best Regional Theatre. Theatre for Everyone is comprised of young people with disabilities, ages 7 – 21,their parents and other adult caregivers, as well as typical-developing siblings. Leslie is also the Artistic and Educational Director of award-winning Theatre in Motion, which works in collaboration with the Paper Mill Playhouse. This production company features multi-ethnic, intergenerational creative and performing artists with many abilities and celebratory disabilities in theatre workshops and residencies for classes and audiences with and without disabilities.