Join A.B.L.E.’s Teaching Artists and Creative Associates for a Masterclass on Inclusive Devising Strategies for Directors and Educators.

Sunday August 27, 2023


The Menomonee Club Drucker Center

1535 N. Dayton St, Chicago IL 60642

In this interactive 2-hour Professional Development, you’ll experience A.B.L.E.’s rehearsal process first-hand. We’ll explore A.B.L.E.’s ensemble-based approach for generating new stories and material. Participants will come away with a series of games and activities they can use to build characters, settings, and plot without relying on literacy or verbal communication.

Registration must close Wednesday August 23rd at 5pm CST

Who’s Leading this Session?

We’re excited to learn with you!

About A.B.L.E.’s Connect & Create Series

Since 2016, A.B.L.E. has been creating innovative theatre, film, and digital projects for, with, and by actors with a range of disabilities including Down syndrome, autism, and cerebral palsy. A.B.L.E. has built a methodology rooted in fostering agency and independence, and celebrating the creativity of individuals of all abilities, both in person and virtually. A.B.L.E. is proud to offer Professional Development sessions for artists and art leaders interested in furthering their practices for inclusion and accessibility. A.B.L.E. hopes these sessions will inspire more responsive, adaptable, and empathetic leaders in our Chicago community.  

This was a truly excellent workshop.
I sometimes leave short (2 hours or less) PDs and think “well that was interesting but there were so few practical takeaways” or “well I already knew everything they talked about!” This felt incredibly relevant, applicable, and engaging the whole time. I learned new vocabulary as did our teaching artists. I’ve already recommended A.B.L.E. trainings to peers at other theatres, I wish it was a training every Teaching Artist in Chicago took.
— Professional Development Participant


How much does it cost?

Registration is $50 which includes your 2 hour workshops and a resource list for further exploration.

Your registration fee helps us to offer employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in the arts.

If finances are a barrier, a limited number of free spaces are available. Please contact us for information.

What about COVID?

To protect our immunocompromised community members, masks are strongly recommended at all A.B.L.E. sessions and may be required depending on the Community Exposure Levels. Click here to review our COVID policies.

Who can attend this session?

This session is geared towards teaching artists, education program coordinators, directors, and other arts professionals who want to deepen their knowledge of the disability community.

Can you share more about accessibility at these sessions?

ASL translation will be arranged as requested by registrants.

If you have additional access needs, please note these at registration

I have more questions. Who should I contact?

For inquiries about this or other Professional Development sessions with A.B.L.E., contact Katie Yohe.