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Glittering costumes, catchy songs and colorful characters in the play "Cinderella: The Remix" were made to appeal to kids. But for children on the autism spectrum, sometimes noise and bright lights can be overwhelming.
On May 13, 2017, The Theatre School at DePaul held its first sensory-friendly performance, adapted to welcome children on the autism spectrum and others with sensory sensitivities. Theatre manager Leslie Shook and director Coya Paz Brownrigg coordinated with special education faculty Anne Butler and Linsey Sabielny to modify "Cinderella: The Remix," an urban twist on the classic fairy tale.
"Kids with autism deserve the chance to experience the magic of theatre," says Butler, an instructional assistant professor in the College of Education. "With a lot of planning and just a few modifications, we were able to give children with sensory sensitivities the opportunity to see a play with their families."
In 1517, Martin Luther launched the Protestant Reformation by nailing a proclamation to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Five hundred years later, speakers from India, Nigeria, Brazil, Chile and Sri Lanka will gather at DePaul University to address the lingering repercussions of the Reformation on Christianity, particularly in the global South.
"Christians all over the world are using this anniversary to take stock of where we have come over the last five centuries," says William Cavanaugh, professor of Catholic Studies and director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul.
Playwright and Theatre School alumnus Tarell Alvin McCraney returned to DePaul April 20-21, 2017, still beaming from his Oscar wins for his film "Moonlight." McCraney spent time with the DePaul community at several events. After a special performance of his play "Wig Out" at The Theatre School, McCraney presented an Award for Excellence in the Arts to the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M. During his visit, McCraney also spoke on a panel for Theatre School students. Later, the Center for Identity, Inclusion and Social Change at DePaul hosted McCraney for a screening of his film "Moonlight," which won Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay this year at the Academy Awards.
Playwright and Theatre School alumnus Tarell Alvin McCraney will return to campus April 21 for an event with the DePaul Center for Identity, Inclusion, and Social Change. McCraney will participate in a Q&A following a screening of his Oscar-winning film "Moonlight." The event is free and open to current DePaul students, faculty and staff. Participants must present a DePaul ID and ticket for entrance.