Access to Theatre Program (ATT)

Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Inc.

Location: Western Massachusetts

Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Inc. (PYD), which empowers youth with physical, sensory and learning disabilities to reach their personal, educational and career goals by providing one-to-one and group mentoring programs where adult mentors with disabilities act as positive role models and provide support, understanding and guidance.

FUNDING SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy
POPULATION SERVED: Youth with disabilities between the ages of 12-22.
SERVICE TYPE: Access to Theatre is an inclusive theatre arts program that brings together a diverse group of young people who want to work together to create original productions and perform them for the community.
SERVICES PROVIDED: Founded in 1994, Access to Theatre Program (ATT) gives youth with disabilities the opportunity to explore all phases of theatre including theatre games, acting, directing, improvisation, storytelling, choreography, movement, music, costume, props, set design and more. Youth meet in both large and small groups with the artistic director and with other artists throughout the year. Participants develop everything from original stories, dialogue, and music sound cues to figuring out how to build accessible sets. Access to Theatre veterans (ages 6-24) may apply to work as peer leaders, teaching assistants, group facilitators and as mentors to younger ensemble members. The program is guided by individual and group decisions.


Deep Chinappa
617-556-4075, ext. 20
617-314-2989 (TTY)