Professional Development Program

The Lincoln Center Big Umbrella Festival showcases the world’s best theater designed specially for children on the autism spectrum. In order to grow this field of work and impact even more young people, Lincoln Center will offer a professional development program for Artists and Arts Administrators to experience the work while engaging in dialogue around best practices in creating and presenting for this audience. In order to assemble a group of Artists and Arts Administrators with diverse perspectives, Lincoln Center will review applications and accept a cohort of up to 20 participants for each of the two tracks.

The priority application deadline has passed. If you are interested in this professional development opportunity, please complete the application form and you will be contacted if a seat becomes available. APPLY >>

Artist Track

(April 14—19, 2018)

· See all three international showcase productions
· Engage in hands-on masterclasses with Oily Cart (UK), Sensorium Theatre (AUS), and Trusty Sidekick (USA)
· Attend a day-long symposium with speakers, panels, and roundtable discussions with leaders at the intersection of arts and autism

The Artist Track will use the live performances, master classes with each of the three companies, and framing by Trusty Sidekick/LCE to engage in the techniques for creating this kind of performance. Topics that will be explored are one-to-one performance style, the specific needs of the autism spectrum audience, content vs. form, specific design considerations, puppetry & multisensory storytelling, community devising, and rehearsal processes. Artists will create small pieces as part of the experience, and share their work with their peers for learning. They will also observe artists and students in action in all three shows. Their experience will begin with the festival opening celebration and culminate in the symposium.

Arts Administrator Track

(April 19—22, 2018)

· See all three international showcase productions
· Engage in practical discussion on best practice in commissioning and presenting theater for young audiences with autism
· Attend a day-long symposium with speakers, panels, and roundtable discussions with leaders at the intersection of arts and autism

The Arts Administrator Track will use the live performances and a series of seminars to look at the considerations, benefits, and challenges of commissioning and presenting this work. Topics that will be explored are performance best practice, artist development, audience experience considerations, staff training (box office, teaching artists, marketing, front of house, etc.), scale vs. impact, models for collaboration. Participants will do a site visit to a school to see a performance, as well as see the other two productions on-site. The experience will begin with the symposium.