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Theatre Resources: Accessible Lesson Plans for All Abilities

Why We Started 4th Wall Backstage

We believe theatre is for all abilities, and is the vehicle for promoting teamwork, social skills, and empowerment. Our journey started with our sister business, 4th Wall Theatre Company, bringing theatre all over Michigan via workshops at schools, libraries, community centers, anywhere. But people from outside of Michigan kept asking us how to provide exciting classes and performances on their own.

In 2016 we decided to raise the curtain and let our secrets out. Introducing 4th Wall Backstage! Learn from our experience the most effective ways to bring theatre to students of all ages and abilities. Help us reach as many students and educators as possible to make sure theatre is available to everyone!

Latest Blog Posts

There are tons of scripts out there to choose from, but these five have proven the most successful with 4th Wall Theatre Company. Because we work with students of so many varied abilities, we’ve found it essential to use scripts that are fun and easy to learn (and teach!). Read More

It can be difficult to find the perfect book to inspire your next showstopper, especially when there are so many elements to look for: multiple characters with simple lines, a variety of activity levels, and – the most important element – a fun and entertaining plot! Instructors new to incorporating storybooks into their students’ performances… Read More

The 15 PECS You Need for Theatre Teaching theatre to students with special needs is an amazing life work.  How to best support each actor’s needs?  A one-on-one onstage?  A spot marker for them to stand on?  Headphones?  Their lines in a tablet?  The list goes on and on.  For most supports we were able to find what we needed.  But there was one… Read More

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