Theatre Games for people with Parkinson’s Disease and their care partners is
not just fun but therapeutic.
Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a movement
disorder that affects up to 1 million people in the US and doctors diagnose
60,000 new cases each year. Improvisational Theatre Games, based on the work of
Viola Spolin, are being used clinically all over the world. Improv classes are
being offered for stress management, Autism, dementia, Alzheimer’s and
Parkinson’s and other neuromuscular diseases.
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Gulfshore Life Magazine
February 2019 (Pages 63-64)
The Naples Players put on a great show, as we theatergoers know. But maybe not all of us know that the 65-year-old institution seeks to educate our community as well as entertain it. There are the KidzAct youth program, internship opportunities, diverse creative workshop offerings for adults–and inclusive classes for people with additional needs, including improv for individuals with autism and those with social anxiety.
Margot Escott was familiar with the mission, so when she approached the players about bringing her own improv classes to the company, she knew the techniques she used with Parkinson’s patients would fit right in.
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