Disability and Theatre: A Practical Manual for Inclusion in the Arts is a step-by step manual on how to create inclusive theatre, including how and where to find actors, how to publicize productions, run rehearsals, act intricate scenes like fights and battles, work with unions, contracts, and agents, and deal with technical issues. This practical information was born from the author’s 16 years of running the first inclusive theatre company in New York City, and is applicable to any performance level: children’s theatre, community theatre, regional theatre, touring companies, Broadway, and academic theatre. This book features anecdotal case studies that emphasize problem solving, real-world application, and realistic action plans. A comprehensive Companion Website provides additional guidelines and hands-on worksheets.

chapter 1|10 pages

Why This Book?

chapter 2|15 pages

What Is Inclusion?

chapter 3|10 pages

Vocabulary and Perception

chapter 4|11 pages

Recruiting and Finding Artists

chapter 5|14 pages

Auditions and Callbacks

chapter 6|12 pages


chapter 7|10 pages

Blocking and Fight Sequences

chapter 8|8 pages

Costumes, Props and Makeup

chapter 9|6 pages

Technical Rehearsals and Final Dress

chapter 10|6 pages

Public Relations and Marketing

chapter 11|9 pages

The Performance Run and Strike

chapter 12|8 pages

Technical Crew and Technical Designs

chapter 13|11 pages

Academic Training

Assessment and Sustainability

chapter 14|13 pages

Assessment and Sustainability in Theatres

chapter 15|19 pages


chapter 16|27 pages

Case Study Outcomes