Bluelaces Theater Company, which produces immersive, multi-sensory theatrical experiences for audiences of all ages with autism and other developmental differences, announced that it has been invited to participate in the 2018 MassChallenge Boston accelerator program. Selected from more than 1,600 promising startups across industries and regions around the world, Bluelaces Theater Company will join the most competitive cohort to date.
“It's truly an honor to be given this enormous opportunity to participate in MassChallenge. It's a testament to how far Bluelaces has come since our founding in 2015, and now we will have the tools and mentorship to grow and concentrate on creating sustainable and eventually scalable programming. I'm beyond thrilled!” -Melanie Gertzman, Co-Founder & Executive Director
As part of the 2018 cohort, Bluelaces Theater Company will have unrivaled access to top corporate partners, expert mentorship, tailored curriculum, scholarship opportunities, and more than 26,...
After ten months of meetings, rehearsals, and classroom workshops leading up to fourteen performances in two weekends, you’d think Alison Mahoney, Bluelaces Co-Artistic Director and Out There! Director, would want a break. If you call a week-long educational tour of England's top performing arts companies a "break," then, sure; she did that.
To begin her three-month backpacking trip through Europe, Alison went on a business trip in England, meeting artists and companies breaking down the walls of conventional theatre—including what is "conventional" for audiences with developmental differences. Before she visited greenhouses in Cumiana or ate Neopolitan pizza in Napoli, she devoted her first week to learning. Early in July, Al found a cafe or a hostel or, heck, probably some free European city WIFI to dish about her tour de inclusivité.
How did you go about finding five different companies with similar missions to Bluelaces's, all in England?
Allison Finder tells us how she went from a theatre hater to a theatre maker
There's an Urban Outfitters "on the corner," just outside the Northwestern University campus in Evanston, IL. It's a place that has a huge summer sidewalk sale, dramatically accused two of my college roommates of shoplifting, and once employed Allison Finder. It also happens to be a part of the thread that led Allison to Bluelaces. The Chicago native and Astoria, Queens resident took time out of her busy workday as a Prevention Educator/Counselor at Hallways, a non-profit organization that provides social-emotional wellness programming for adolescents, to chat about her role as Head Adventure Guide for Bluelaces’s upcoming production, “Out There!”
Anna: You studied theatre in undergrad, but how did you find your way to drama therapy?
Allison: I decided to pursue drama therapy while I was in undergrad [at the University of Arizona]. I had become really disillusioned with the...