Join Jumping Jack Theater for an exciting and interactive workshop which explores the process and challenges of creating children's theatre for audiences on the Autism Spectrum or other sensory-sensitives. The workshop will be help Saturday, November 9th, from 12-2 in the Blaney Theater in Steele Hall. Participants will hear about Jumping Jack's journey and participate in hands on activities. There is no cost for this workshop.
Please RSVP by November 4th to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 724-938-5582 with questions.
STEPHEN SANTA (Artistic Director) is a director, actor, and teaching artist based in Pittsburgh, Pa. He staged over 30 productions, ranging from shows in educational settings to professional productions seen around the country. He was the assistant director of the Flashdance National Tour, the North American premiere of The Monster in the Hall and POP! A new musical starring Anthony Rapp at CITY Theatre, respectively. In New York, he directed concerts workshops of UNCHARTED: The Music of Anna K. Jacobs and TEETH, A New Musical. Both were performed at the famed Ars Nova Theatre. In 2013, he was named one of the top directors in Pittsburgh by CBS Local On-line. Since 2008, Stephen served as a teaching artist for The Pittsburgh CLO Creative Vision Program which aims to build self-confidence, empower self-expression and model positive behavior for elementary and middle school students while engaging them in musical theater disciplines. In addition, for 15 summers Stephen worked as the Music Director for Camp AIM, a YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh Summer Camp for children and young adults who have physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and communication challenges. He shares his passion and experience in the arts with over 1,500 students every year. Stephen is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Please visit: www.stephensanta.com
CLAIRE SABATINE (Director of Marketing, Executive Creative Team Member) is a professional storyteller from Rochester, NY. Since graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in marketing and theatre arts, Claire has worked at the Children's Theatre of Charlotte, Hartford Stage, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. She has also studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC. She currently is a freelance actor, teaching artist and marketing professional in Pittsburgh for organizations such as Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pine Richland Youth Center, the University of Pittsburgh Department of Social Work and more. Claire recently represented Jumping Jack at the Big Umbrella Festival at Lincoln Center, the world’s first month-long festival dedicated to arts programs for children on the autism spectrum and their families. Jumping Jack Theater makes her heart sing, and she is thankful for the chance to collaborate with this incredible team of artists working to engage, enrich and empower all audiences. Please visit: