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Inclusive Theatre Festival 2017


Inclusive Theatre Festival 2017

November 18-19, 2017

This event is a culmination of our research and work in the inclusive arts, as well as a celebration of the professionals working in accessibility programming in the Chicagoland community and beyond. This year, ITF will be taking the form of a two day conference with programming throughout the weekend. Join us for some or for all!

Saturday, November 18th: Community Day 9:00a - 5:00p

  • Panel of professionals
  • Breakout sessions including; documentary viewings, round-table discussions, and a workshop with our Teaching Artists

        Inclusive Theatre Festival Gala    8:30p

Sunday, November 19th: Campus Day 9:00a - 5:00p

  • Research presentations on sensory-friendly performances
  • Basics of creating a creative drama lesson plan
  • Wrap-up event


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Inclusive Theatre Festival 2016

Inclusive Theatre Festival 2016

November 19, 2016

Seabury Great Room

Seesaw’s first annual Inclusive Theatre Festival was held Saturday, November 19th from in the Seabury Great Room. This event was a culmination of our research and work in inclusive practices in the arts. Northwestern students, educators, and professionals in the Chicagoland community joined us in a our discussion of arts administration and facilitation in inclusive theatre. We kicked off the day with a panel discussion of professionals working in the field of inclusive arts, including arts administrators and educators working in inclusion work in early childhood classrooms, youth theatre, production/performance devised with individuals with disabilities as the target audience, and museum accessibility for developmental disabilities within the landscape of all around best practices in accessibility. Our panel included representatives from Arts of Life, Blue Laces, Red Kite, CACC (Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium), Lifeline Theatre, and the University of Northern Iowa. Other scheduled activities for the day included a sensory workshop led by Seesaw’s cohort of teaching artists, and a group art project led by Arts of Life.


our Panelists

Jason Harrington, Chicago Shakespeare Education Outreach Manager and Steering Committee member with CACC (Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium) 

Gretta Berghammer, Theatre Director at UNI

Julia deBettencourt, Snow City Arts

Erica Foster, Accessibility Programmer at Lifeline Theatre

Hilary Marshall, Arts of Life Studio Manager

Claire Huntington, Bluelaces Founder

Alex Mauney, Access and Inclusion Manager at Chicago Children’s Theatre

Ira Kriston, Keynote Speaker


Inclusive Theatre Festival 2018

Inclusive Theatre Festival 2018

check our facebook event for more information about what you’ll see this year!

November 17-18, 2018

Seesaw Theatre's Third Annual Inclusive Theater Festival is a two day conference dedicated to celebrating the growth in inclusive and accessible theater. We are proud to host neurodiverse artists speaking on their experiences in theater, professionals who are developing programming for differently abled and disabled students, and researchers from Northwestern labs. The conference aims to celebrate steps that have already been taken in the field of inclusive theater and foster collaborative discussions on how we can expand and improve our work. 

Questions about this event? Email our festival organizer, Olivia Zapater-Charrette at oliviazapater-charrette2020@u.northwestern.edu.

This year’s conference schedule is now live!

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