The Penguin Project® provides an opportunity for children with disabilities to develop creative skills related to the theatre arts.
Clark Youth Theatre is proud to be the first theatre in Oklahoma to produce The Penguin Project®, conceived by Dr. Andrew Morgan, Professor Emeritus of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. Since 2004, The Penguin Project® has produced one musical theatre production each year at Eastlight Theatre in East Peoria, IL.
Goals of The Penguin Project®:
- To provide an opportunity for children with special needs to develop creative skills related to the theatre arts.
- To provide an opportunity for children with special needs to participate in a community theatre experience.
- To facilitate interaction between children with special needs and their age-level peers through joint participation in a community theatre experience.
- To facilitate an appreciation of the challenges faced by children with special needs and their families.
- To identify the impact of a community theatre experience on the communication skills, socialization, and self-confidence/self-esteem of children with special needs.
- To facilitate interaction among medical, developmental, educational, and theatre professionals through participation in a common community project.
- To provide a forum for support and interaction for families of children with special needs
You can find more information about The Penguin Project® here.