The Creative Social Arts Program
The Acting Workshop (AW) is a 20-week group therapy program for individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Acting requires communication and social interaction abilities that are difficult for those with ASD, namely: observing, interpreting, and expressing oneself via facial expressions, body language, and tone of voice. Moreover, AFC’s Acting Workshops assist with a variety of relationship skills, namely: compromise, conflict Resolution, perspective taking, shared-attention, self-awareness, adaptability, spontaneity, flexibility, reciprocal communication, pragmatic language, teamwork, cooperation, and group dynamics. Finally, this program promotes anxiety reduction, self-expression, and self-regulation.
The Acting Workshop program provides the full theatrical experience including: learning the fundamentals of acting and performing, engaging in creative theater exercises and games, memorizing lines, rehearsing a play, and performing an actual play at a local community theater. Past performances have been held at the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) building, Otterbein University, the Columbus Performing Arts Center, the Short North Stage, and MadLab Theatre.
Under the supervision of Dr. Amigo, the Creative Social Arts Program at AFC is directed by Ashley Amigo. As an undergraduate, Ashley attended Ohio Northern University for Musical Theater and Dance. Under her leadership, the Acting Workshop program has been an integral and influential program at AFC for over 10 years.