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How can the power of the arts be harnessed to impact young people on the autism spectrum—as audience members and artists?

9:00 am–6:00 pm

Join Lincoln Center Education as we investigate and discuss the ways in which leaders from around the world are harnessing the power of the arts—including theater, film, digital media, and architectural installation—to open up new experiences for children with autism and their families. Featuring a keynote presentation, panel discussion, video, and conversation, participants will join leaders in the field to explore best practices, analyze successes, and identify the challenges related to artistic work that impact the autism community at large.


Panel 1 – Creating Theater Especially for Audiences with Autism

Panel conversation and video excerpts from three companies showcased at the Big Umbrella Festival:

Trusty Sidekick Theater Company (US)

Oily Cart (UK)

Sensorium Theatre (AUS)


Panel 2 – Creating Theater with Young People on the Spectrum

Panel conversation with expert practitioners:

Tessa Derfner, Assistant Principal of Special Education, Nest+m

Aaron Feinstein, Executive Director & Founder, Actionplay

Elaine Hall, Founder & Creative Director, The Miracle Project

Arielle Lever, Co-Founder & Programs Director, CO/LAB Theater Group


Panel 3 – The Intersection of the Arts and Autism

Presentations on the intersection of the arts and autism, followed by a Q&A

Featured Speakers:

Sean Ahlquist, Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan

Maria Rocio Galarza, Assistant Vice President, U.S. Social Impact, Sesame Workshop

Lisa Carling, Director of TDF Accessibility Programs, Theatre Development Fund

Mickey Rowe, Actor and Autism Activist


165 West 65th Street


  • Large-print programs
    Large-print programs
  • Braille programs
    Braille programs
  • Wheelchair-accessible seating
    Wheelchair-accessible seating
  • Assistive listening devices
    Assistive listening devices

Lincoln Center is committed to welcoming everyone! If you require an accommodation that is not listed, please contact the Accessibility Department to make a request.

For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact [email protected] or 212.875.5375.

For ticketing information and general questions, please call 212.721.6500.

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Symposium: The Intersection of the Arts and Autism

Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 9:00 am Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

TUNE IN TODAY! Watch this afternoon's symposium panel via Facebook Live, beginning at 2:30 pm on Lincoln Center's page.


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In person: The Alice Tully Hall box office is located at Broadway and 65th Street, open Monday–Saturday 10:00 am–6:00 pm, Sunday 12:00–6:00 pm | David Geffen Hall Box Office located at Columbus Avenue at 64th Street, open Monday–Saturday 10:00 am–6:00 pm and Sunday 12:00–6:00 pm.

By phone: 212.721.6500

The Stanley H. Kaplan is located on the 10th floor of the Rose Building at 165 West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. To reach the Rose Building, take the stairs, elevator, or escalator from street level to plaza level, on the north side of the street. The theaters are accessible from the elevators inside the lobby.

To reach the Penthouse by subway, take the 1 train to 66th Street—Lincoln Center. The M5, M7, M10, M11, M66 and M104 bus lines all stop within one block of the venue.