“‘What Can Music Do?’ Rethinking Autism Through Music Therapy” – The Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy at NYU


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“… Music is what we turn to when we don’t have the words to express what we feel. It’s what we crave when we’re celebrating, when we’re grieving, when we’re falling in love. Music is what makes horror movies suspenseful and what makes us tear up at weddings. It connects us to other people. The question is why? And how might knowing more about music and the brain help people struggling with autism?” – Eileen Reynolds

In this recent New York University article, Eileen Reynolds explores the theory and practice behind The Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy at NYU and examines the ways in which music therapy can serve as a viable therapeutic modality for those on the Autism Spectrum. Reynolds traces the history of the Center through its founders – musician, Paul Nordoff and educator, Clive Robbins – and their development of an improvisational approach to music therapy that cultivates self-awareness, discipline, self-expression and concentration in children with autism.

Featured within the article is fellow Rule Breaking participant, Ethan Jones. Ethan has been a client at the Nordoff-Robbins Center since he was a young boy and recently has taken on a position working with the center, filming and cataloging sessions. Music has been and remains a very important element in Ethan’s life. In his new position at The Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy, Ethan’s relationship with music continues to grow through his work with others.

“For the center, working with Jones means putting ideas about diversity and acceptance into very real practice—doesn’t it only make sense that a facility with a majority-autistic client base should have a neurodiverse workforce? And for Jones, it’s a chance both to lend a hand in a setting close to his heart and to see a familiar place from a new perspective.” – Eileen Reynolds

To read the complete article, click here.


‘Rule Breaking’ Cast Member Henry Houghton Featured in AHRC Article


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Rule Breaking cast member Henry Houghton was recently featured in an article on the AHRC website! AHRC is a family governed organization dedicated to providing assistance to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities so that they may lead supported yet independent, full lives.

In the article, Henry shares his passion for theatre noting his production history and hopes for future performance work.

You can read all about Henry here.


Performance and Participatory Action Research of ‘Rule Breaking’ to Take Place this Week!


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This Friday April 8th, at 5:00pm at Positive Exposure Galley the cast of Rule Breaking will perform selections from the show and engage audience members in participatory action research. Join us for a wonderful evening of exploration and performance. Positive Exposure Gallery is located in Manhattan at 43 East 20th Street, 6th Floor.

Delia and Greg

Drama Therapy Disability

Upcoming Event: Rule Breaking Performance and Participatory Action Research at Positive Exposure Gallery in NY Friday April, 8th at 5:00pm


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Join us for performance and participatory action research at Positive Exposure Galley in Manhattan at 43 East 20th Street, 6th Floor on Friday April 8th at 5:00pm.


Rule Breaking and ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival – Upcoming Perfomance and Participatory Action Reserach Event, Monday March 14th at 1:00pm at Kips Bay Public Library


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ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival is partnering with the NYU Drama Therapy Program As Performance series production of Rule Breaking this year. Join us for performance and participatory action research with the cast of Rule Breaking. The event will take place on Monday March 14th at 1:00pm at Kips Bay Public Library.


‘ScienceLine’ Blog Explores the Effects of Theatre-Based Therapy with Children on The Autism Spectrum


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The blog ScienceLine recently examined how drama therapy is being utilized as an effective treatment modality to serve individuals and children on the Autism Spectrum. The article explores two drama therapy programs – the NYU Drama Therapy Program with the As Performance series production of Rule Breaking, and Blythe Corbett’s SENSE Theatre at Vanderbilt University.

Working within a drama therapy paradigm, each program is allowed to focus on different performance goals and experiences. Individually, the programs examine the depths of developing a sense of social justice through performance, cultivating empathy through role play, and fostering a collective social environment with one’s peers.

To read the full article, please click on the link below:

ScienceLine: Acting Out


Rule Breaking Featured in ReelAbilities Festival!


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The NYU Drama Therapy Program will be partnering with the ReelAbilities Festival this year to present a performance of Rule Breaking on Tuesday, March 14th at 1:00pm at the Kips Bay Public Library. The performance is free and open to the public!


Don’t miss the 8th Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival, March 10-16! ReelAbilities is the largest disabilities film festival in the country, presenting films on the topic of physical, developmental, and psychological disabilities. Award-winning films from around the world screen at JCC Manhattan and in over 40 locations across New York. The festival promotes awareness of the lives of people with disabilities through art and conversation. Get your tickets today! Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full lineup.

8th Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival – New York


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Isaac Zablocki, director of ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival and recent Rule Breaking talk back participant, has announced the dates for the 8th Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival in New York.

The festival was initiated in 2007 by JCC Manhattan to bring awareness and appreciation to the lives, narratives, and artistic expression of individuals living with varying abilities. ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival is the largest festival of its kind in the country and has expanded into a national program.

The dates for the 2016 festival are March 10th – 16th and screenings are held in more than 30 venues throughout New York.

For more information, click here.